Dr. Nils Olsen (Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) is trained as a social psychologist and statistician, and approaches his research and teaching from a behavioral economics perspective. Olsen's research includes: (a) decision-making in high-intensity contexts (e.g., medical); (b) strategic decision-making, knowledge-management, and the Olympic Games; and (c) procedural justice within professional-client interactions (e.g., physician-patient, attorney-client).
Olsen’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Academic Emergency Medicine, the New York Times Bestseller - Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions (by Dan Ariely), and The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Olsen’s applied experience includes work within the Global Executive MBA Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Duke Corporate Education, Inc., the American Bar Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), and Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche Bank). He has presented at a variety of events and locations – including: The London Business School, Association for Psychological Science, the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), JP Morgan Chase, the Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the National Geographic Channel.
In 2013, Dr. Olsen was honored with The George Washington University’s CCAS Graduate Programs Advisor of the Year Award; and, in 2015, was nominated for the Honey Nashman Spark a Life Award.
Nils Olsen is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Organizational Sciences at The George Washington University, and approaches his research and teaching from a behavioral economics perspective. Olsen's research covers: (a) decision-making within high-intensity contexts (GW Today, 'Extreme Decisions' article); (b) Olympism (decision-making, knowledge-management, and the Olympic Games; Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games); & (c) procedural justice. He has publications appearing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Cognition, and Academic Emergency Medicine.