Ellen Peters

Department of Psychology

Ellen Peters is a professor in The Ohio State University Department of Psychology. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 with bachelor’s degrees in engineering and marketing and from the University of Oregon in 1998 with a Ph.D. in psychology. She joined Decision Research in 1998 and was promoted to senior research scientist in 2006. In 2010, she became an associate professor in Ohio State’s psychology department and was promoted to professor in 2012. Dr. Peters is a recognized leader in risk perception/communication and the psychology of health decision making, publishing papers on the effects of affect, numeracy, number processing, and aging. With more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, she studies how affective, intuitive, and deliberative processes help people to make decisions in an increasingly complex world. She has worked extensively with federal agencies (e.g., NCI, FDA) to advance the science of human decision making as it applies to health decisions and communication. She was a founding member and former chair of FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and has been a consultant to FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. She has also worked extensively with the design of decision aids to maximize their comprehension and use across diverse populations.