Jeff Galak

Jeff Galak, Ph.D.
Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper 4230
4765 Forbes Ave.
PittsburghPA 15213
Tel: 412-268-5810
Fax: 412-268-7345


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Jeff Galak is Associate Professor (with indefinite tenure) of Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and of Social and Decision Sciences (by courtesy) at CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities . His university profile can be found here.

Jeff received his Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Economic Theory (2005), Master of Philosophy in Marketing (2008), and Ph.D. in Marketing (2009) all from New York University’s Stern School of Business. His expertise is in consumer behavior, consumer psychology, judgment and decision making, and research methodology. He has published academic research in top journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making. He has presented his research at top marketing and psychology conferences including annual meetings of the Association for Consumer Research, Society for Consumer Psychology, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Though his primary interest is understanding consumer behavior more broadly, he focuses on work looking at, among other things, consumer enjoyment, hedonic adaptation, variety seeking, affective forecasting, expectation updating, sentimental value, gift giving behavior, and fluency effects.

Jeff servers on the Editorial Board of PLoS ONE.

Aside from his academic career Jeff is an avid woodworker, fitness enthusiast, and computer geek. Jeff lives with his brilliant wife, goofball daughter, and carefree son in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Honors and Awards

2019 – Finalist for George Leland Bach Award for MBA Teaching Excellence

2018 – Society for Consumer Psychology Early Career Contribution Award [Speech Text]

2017 – Association for Consumer Research Early Career Award

2016 – Finalist for George Leland Bach Award for MBA Teaching Excellence

2013 – American Marketing Association: DocSIG Top 50 Marketing Faculty List (based on productivity in 2009-2013)

2013 –  Finalist for 2012 Paul E. Green Award at the Journal of Marketing Research for: Stephen, Andrew T., and Jeff Galak (2012), “The effects of Traditional and Social Earned Media on Sales: An Application to a Microlending Marketplace,” Journal of Marketing Research, 49, 624-639.

2013 – Selected to be part of MSI Young Scholar Conference

2012 – Runner up JCR Paper of the Year 2009 for: Nelson, Leif D., Tom Meyvis, and Jeff Galak (2009),   “Enhancing the Television Viewing Experience through Commercial Interruptions,” Journal of Consumer Research, 36 (August), 160-172.

2011 – Junior Faculty Giving Chair

2010 – Recipient of CMU Berkman Faculty Development Grant

2010 – BP Junior Faculty Chair

2009 – Herman E. Krooss Award For Distinction and Presentation of an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation

2008 – Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality in Psychology and Economics – 2nd Place Poster Award: “Complexity is Good: When Disfluent Communication Signals Author Erudition” Galak, Jeff and Leif D. Nelson.

2008 – AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow.

2007 – 2nd Annual Judgment and Decision Making Pre-Conference (at SPSP) Travel Award.

2006 – Society for Judgment and Decision Making– Best Student Poster Award. “Complexity is Good: When Disfluent Communication Signals Author Erudition” Galak, Jeff and Leif D. Nelson.

2001-05 – Dean John Guilfoil Scholarship.

2001-05 – Daniel E. Diamond Scholarship.

2001-05 – Stem Trustee Scholarship.