Back Dr. Yasmina Okan, is the new Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow at Pompeu Fabra University's Communication Department.

Dr. Yasmina Okan, is the new Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow at Pompeu Fabra University's Communication Department.

Professor Okan will join our Department's Scientific Communication Research Group (GRECC) as senior researcher.
18.09.2022

 

 

Professor Okan holds a PhD in experimental psychology, by the University of Granada, and a MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences, by the University College London. In addition to her new position in our Department, Yasmina is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Decision Research at Leeds University Business School.

 

Previously she held positions as a Lecturer (2013-2018) and as an Associate Professor in Behavioral Decision Making (2018-2022) at Leeds University Business School. She has also been a visiting researcher at different international institutions including the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Germany) and Wake Forest University (US). Her research has been supported by grants from Cancer Research UK, the US Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, the Worldwide Universities Network, and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

 

Yasmina's research focuses on the psychology of judgment and decision making, with an emphasis on health risk perception and communication. Among other questions, her work has examined how risks and benefits of medical treatments, screenings or lifestyles are conveyed to the public, how people respond to commonly used risk communication formats (e.g., simple graphs), and how to design communications that can reach diverse audiences (e.g., varying in the ability to understand numbers and/or graphs) and support informed decision making.

 

Example projects include work examining how people interpret public communications about cancer screening (e.g., the NHS cervical screening leaflet), how to improve communications about cancer screening, the impact of different graphical display features to overcome common judgment biases and the moderating role of individual differences in graph literacy. She has also conducted research on climate risk perception and moral judgment and decision making, including work examining contextual and emotional factors affecting moral judgments and decisions.

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