Tamar Krishnamurti


Assistant Research Professor
Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 129
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research interests lie in judgment and decision making, risk perception and communication, behavioral interventions, and mHealth. I use qualitative and quantitative, basic and applied research methods to examine questions in areas ranging from maternal health to energy conservation behavior. 

My broad aim is to apply basic knowledge to the design of effective communications, decision aids, and interventions that will assist people in making more informed choices for themselves. 

Sample current applied projects include:


This work involves the development and evaluation of a smartphone app to help pregnant women minimize their risk of adverse birth outcomes, using methods from behavioral decision research and causal modeling. 

Patient Preferences for Informed Consent

This work contrasts normative standards for informed consent with patient needs and preferences for information presentation to create more accessible and comprehensible formats for informed consent delivery for clinical trial participants, including video and webportal. 

Oral Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV

This work (USAID Microbicide Award to the University of Washington) examines the mental models and critical knowledge gaps related to initiation of oral PrEP among African women and their partners in high HIV incidence settings to inform the development of effective communication, decision tools, and delivery strategies in South Africa and Kenya.

Curriculum Vitae