Two faculty in the College of Business at Stony Brook University were honored with awards within their fields. Jiyin Cao, an assistant professor in the Department of Management, received the prestigious and highly competitive Student Publication Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She will be recognized at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego in January 2016. Paul Connell, an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing, received the Ferber Award Honorable Mention for his dissertation article at the Annual Association for Consumer Research Conference. This award recognizes the best Journal of Consumer Research article based on a doctoral dissertation in the most recent year.
Cao received her PhD from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research sits at the intersection of decision-making, social network and culture; it aims to answer three questions: 1) Globalization has brought people to a more mobile and diverse life. How does this change impact people’s cognition, behaviors and beliefs? 2) How do people mentally construct their social worlds (their social networks) according to various psychological and situational factors (gender, status, foreign environment) and how does that contribute to inequality? 3) What are the socio-ecological mechanisms that underlie cross-cultural differences in trust, reciprocity and social perception? Cao teaches Negotiation at both the MBA and undergraduate levels.
Connell received his MBA from Seattle University and his PhD from the University of Arizona. His research interests include developmental consumer psychology, relationships and non-conscious influences on consumer behavior. His 2014 article for which he won the Ferber Award, “How Childhood Advertising Exposure Can Create Biased Product Evaluations That Persist into Adulthood,” was featured in the Journal of Consumer Research and received additional media coverage in the U.S. and internationally.