Tim Rakow

Tim Rakow


    • SE1 1UL

      United Kingdom

    • 1425

    Personal profile

    Research interests (short)

    Judgment and decision making (behavioural decision making)

    Research interests

    Judgment and decision making: decision making under risk and uncertainty, in particular, decisions from experience; the assessement and communication of risk; decisions in medicine and health; strategies for multiple-cue judgment and choice; probability estimation; statistical reasoning.

    Biographical details

    I have been teaching in higher education and undertaking research on judgment and decision making since the late 1990s. My PhD work at UCL (1997 to 2000) examined risk assessment and pre-surgical decision making by paediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons. I joined the University of Essex in 2000 as a Teaching Fellow, and worked there until 2015 as a Lecturer (from 2004), then as a Senior Lecturer  (from 2007), and as a Reader in Psychology (from 2012). During this time I taught on BSc and MSc Psychology degree programmes, and was module corrdinator for ten separate taught modules spanning all levels of the curriculum. I conduct both basic and applied research on judgment and decision making. Much of this research has critically examined the claims of prominent research programmes, addressing topics such as: the nature of simple heuristics for inference and choice; the role unconscious thought in decision making; risky choices made on the basis of prior experience. Most of my applied research examines decisions in the domains of health and medicine, including the assessment and communication of risk. I joined King's College London in 2015 as part of the core teaching team for the new BSc Psychology degree at the IoPPN. I am a Deputy Director for the IoPPN BSc Psychology programme, an Associate Editor at Thinking & Reasoning, and became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, UCL University College London

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

    Master of Science, UCL University College London

    Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

    Bachelor of Science, Durham University

    Award Date: 1 Jan 1988


    • BF Psychology
    • Judgment & Decision Making


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