Dr. Nils Olsen is a full-time faculty member in the Organizational Sciences Program, within the Department of Organizational Sciences & Communication, at The George Washington University. He is trained as a social psychologist and statistician and approaches his research and teaching from a behavioral economics perspective.
Dr. Olsen explores how people make decisions in high-intensity settings – all within pressures of time constraints, major consequences for failure, and information overload. His specific research interests include: (a) decision-making in high-intensity settings (e.g., medical, financial, legal), https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/extreme-decisions (b) perceptions of artificially intelligent agents/bots, https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/gw-researchers-converge-paris and https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/interactions-ai-does-race-matter (c) consumer decision-making. All of these interests contribute to Dr. Olsen’s overall goal of exploring phenomena related to decision-making and cognitive processing in individuals and organizations.
Dr. Olsen has publications appearing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Academic Emergency Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Brain Research Bulletin, Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (JACR, University of Chicago Press), and Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games https://www.routledge.com/Handbook-of-the-London-2012-Olympic-and-Paralympic-Games-Volume-Two-Celebrating/Girginov/p/book/9781138694538
His 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). His presentations include events at JP Morgan Chase, the Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Association for Psychological Science, London Business School, the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and the National Geographic Channel.
Dr. Olsen has been honored with The George Washington University’s (Columbian College of Arts & Sciences) Graduate Programs Advisor of the Year Award (2013), nominated for the Honey Nashman Spark a Life Award (2015), and nominated for the GW Student-Athletes' Professor of the Year Award (Finalist in 2017 & Nominee in 2018, 2019).
As a tribute to his commitment to research, Dr. Olsen has successfully mentored Organizational Sciences majors to secure either the #1 or #2 spots (or both) in GW's Research Showcase for 8 consecutive years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (2020 – pandemic), 2021, & 2022.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Social Psychology w/ additional concentration in statistics;
M.A., University of Iowa - Iowa City, Social Psychology,
B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Psychology
Prince National Tennis All-America
Dr. Nils Olsen maintains a consistent program of research within the realms of health, financial and mega-event (Olympic event) decisions.
Dr. Nils Olsen collaborated with Dr. Clay Warren to design and deliver a 10-day (plus two weekend) study tour to Copenhagen, Denmark.