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We've partnered with expert academics to ensure our customers' sales incentive, loyalty and employee engagement programs utilize psychology, research and the scientifically proven principles of behavioral economics. 

George Loewenstein, Ph.D.

George Loewenstein, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
Director of Behavioral Economics, University of Pennyslvania

Loewenstein is one of the founders of the field of behavioral economics and the field of neuroeconomics. His research focuses on applications of psychology to economics, and his specific interests include decision making over time, bargaining and negotiations, psychology and health, law and economics, the psychology of adaptation, the role of emotion in decision making, the psychology of curiosity, conflict of interest, and "out of control" behaviors such as impulsive violent crime and drug addiction. Learn more about George Loewenstein
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside

Sonja Lyubomirsky is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Russia, she received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as graduate advisor. Her work has been written up in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and she has appeared in multiple TV shows, radio shows and feature documentaries in North America, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her family. Learn more about Sonja Lyubomirsky
Ran Kivetz, Ph.D.

Ran Kivetz, Ph.D.

Professor, Columbia University Business School

Professor Ran Kivetz is a tenured professor at Columbia University Business School, where he holds the Philip H. Geier endowed chair. Professor Kivetz is a leading expert in the areas of behavioral economics, decision-making, marketing, customer behavior, incentives, and innovation. His experience in these fields includes over twenty years of research, management, consulting, and teaching. His latest research explores political science and political psychology through the lens of behavioral economics and decision research. Learn more about Ran Kivetz
Brad Shuck, Ph.D.

Brad Shuck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, University of Louisville

Dr. Shuck's primary areas of research include the application, meaning, and measurement of employee engagement, emerging areas of positive psychology, and leader development. Dr. Shuck holds leadership positions in several professional organizations such as the Academy of Human Resource Development and The Louisville Society for Human Resource Management as well as serves on several editorial boards for scholarly journals. Learn more about Brad Shuck

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Saurabh Bhargava, Ph.D.

Saurabh Bhargava, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Bhargava's research area of Behavioral Economics broadly explores the decision-making of individuals in a variety of economic and social contexts such as health insurance, benefit program take-up, retirement savings, criminal justice, unemployment, medical adherence, and employee reward programs. Prior to starting his academic career, Dr. Bhargava worked at Mckinsey & Co. He holds an AB degree from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about Saurabh Bhargava's research
Joe Gladstone, Ph.D.

Joe Gladstone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University College London

Joe Gladstone is a world-leading expert in how people make financial decisions. He is currently an Assistant Professor at University College London. Before this, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge and was the Fox Fellow at Yale University. Joe's research involves active collaborations with companies and government departments, using large-scale datasets and experiments to understand how we can help consumers to make better financial choices. Prior to his Ph.D., Joe graduated first in his class, with the highest overall marks, in degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Learn more about Joe Gladstone
Scott Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Scott Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey joined Monmouth University in September of 2009 and teaches courses in organizational behavior and management. Prior to coming to Monmouth University, he taught organizational behavior and behavioral decision making at the University of Waterloo in southern Ontario, Canada. His current research interests revolve around the use of incentives in organizations, both for employees and for customers. In particular, he is interested in tangible incentives; high-end merchandise and travel. His most current project is leading up a research team exploring the motivational events industry.

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