Julia Bear


Julia Bear
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2010, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA
MBA, 2002, International Business, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY
AB, 1997 English Literature, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Julia Bear is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology where she is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Marie Curie Fellowship. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University, her MBA from Baruch College-CUNY, and her AB from Stanford University.

Dr. Bear’s research focuses on the influence of gender on negotiation outcomes, and conflict management in organizations. She investigates the ways in which a negotiator’s gender interacts with other aspects of the context, particularly the topic being negotiated, to influence the likelihood of initiating negotiation and performance in negotiation. She also investigates how people manage conflict in organizations, especially in terms of the emotions engendered by conflict. She uses multiple research methods, including experimental studies, surveys in organizations, and qualitative interviews. Dr. Bear’s research has been published in journals and books, including Psychological Science, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. She has presented her research at conferences worldwide, including as an invited speaker at the 2011 European Gender Summit in Brussels, and at companies, including Microsoft and SAP. She is the recipient of the Best Published Paper Award from Negotiation and Conflict Management Research and the Outstanding Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention) from the International Association for Conflict Management. 

Richard Chan


Richard Chan
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2010, Management & Organization, Minors: Technology Entrepreneurship, Behavioral Decision Theory, and Research Methods, University of Washington, Seattle
Bachelor of Arts, 2000, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley


Richard Chan’s research domain is broadly situated at the intersection of psychology, entrepreneurship, and strategic decisions. Specifically, he investigates how actors' cognitive processes, shaped by individual differences and altered by social and ambient environments, influence the identification/creation and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities and earnings forecast decisions. His work has appeared in the Journal of Business Venturing and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management.

Lily Cushenbery
Lily Cushenbery
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2012, Industrial Organizational Psychology Minor: Statistics and Methods, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
MS, 2010, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
BA, 2007, Psychology, California State University, Fresno

Dr. Cushenbery is an Assistant Professor of Management and the director of the Leadership & Conflict Research Lab. Her work in leadership, innovation, and conflict applies science-based approaches to practical organizational problems. Her research focuses on 1) the process by which leaders overcome failures and 2) the dynamics of innovative teams. Her primary research examines the consequences of leader mistakes and mistake recovery on leader-follower relationships. Her innovation research includes constructs such as team member influence, team climate, and malevolence. Dr. Cushenbery's research has been published in The Leadership QuarterlyAdvances in Developing Human ResourcesHuman Resource Management Review, and The Journal of Creative Behavior.

Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Cushenbery was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism, where she studied the process of terrorist deradicalization for a grant from the Office of Naval Research. Her consulting clients include the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Del Monte Foods, PNC Bank, and both US and UK government defense agencies. Dr. Cushenbery holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Penn State University and a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. 

Sergio Focardi


Sergio Focardi
Visiting Professor, Finance/Quantitative Finance

PhD, 2009, Mathematical Finance, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Post-graduate specialization, 1972, Telecommunications, IENGF (National Electrotechnical Institute Galileo Ferraris), Turin                               
Degree in Electronic Engineering, 1970, University of Genoa with 110/110 and Bronze Medal 


An engineer by training, Sergio Focardi started his career in scientific computing, where most recently he held the position of Managing Director of the Italian subsidiary of the supercomputer firm Control Data. In 1992 he co-founded the consulting firm The Intertek Group (Paris) which consults major pension funds and financial institutions. He was also a co-founder of CINEF, a multidisciplinary research center in Econophysics at the University of Genoa (Italy). He later joined the EDHEC Business School (Nice, France) as Professor of Finance. Sergio has a PhD in Financial Mathematics from the University of Karlsuhe (Germany). He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Portfolio Management.

Sergio’s research interests include the study of factor models of equity prices, explaining and predicting market trends, trend reversals and market crashes, economic models with multiple inflation rates, and financial economics with artificial markets. The underlying theme of his research agenda is Economics as a complex system with multiple interacting agents. He has co-authored numerous papers that appeared in major journals and has co-authored ten books published by Wiley and three CFA Institute monographs: Investment Management after the Global Financial Crisis (2010), Challenges in Quantitative Equity Management(2008), and Trends in Quantitative Finance (2006). He is a co-worker on a CFA Institute project aimed at understanding the changes needed in the teaching of finance at universities and business schools following the recent financial crisis.

Aaron Kim


Aaron Kim
Assistant Professor, Finance/Quantitative Finance

PhD, 2005, Mathematics, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea
Doctor of Science (Habilitation), Statistics and Finance, School of Economics and Business Engineering

Dr. Kim received his doctorate degree from Sogang University in Korea, at 2005, and completed Habilitation (Doctor of Science) process in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, at 2011. His current professional and research interests are in area of mathematical modeling and its application to finance. He is interested in mathematical models having fat-tails, asymmetric dependence, clustering of volatility, and long range dependence, and in financial issues including financial risk management, portfolio management, and derivative pricing. Dr. Kim published dozens of research papers in internationally referred journals and awarded one patent. He is expert in computer programming and shares basic libraries and tools implemented by him.

Gokhan Torna


Gokhan Torna 
Assistant Professor, Finance

PhD, 2013, Finance, University of Kansas, USA
MBA, 2007, Concentration in Finance, Illinois State University, USA
BA, 2004, International Trade, Bogazici University, Turkey

Gökhan Torna conducts research in financial markets, banking and institutions, and corporate finance.  His dissertation, “Three Essays in Traditional and Nontraditional Banking, and Portfolio Decisions”, concerns the impact of traditional and nontraditional banking activities on bank risk and loan portfolio management.  He has published in Journal of Financial Intermediation, and is working on several manuscripts for academic journals. Prior to his PhD, Torna was a financial analyst in a major investment bank in Turkey.  He has been panelist at various national and international conferences and recipient of outstanding paper award in financial market and institutions by southern finance association.

Keli Xiao


Keli Xiao 
Assistant Professor, Finance

PhD, 2013, Finance, Rutgers Business School, NJ
MS, 2008, Computer Science, Queens College, City University of New York, NY


Keli Xiao received his Ph.D. in Finance from Rutgers Business School in 2013, the Master's Degree in Quantitative Finance from Rutgers Business School in 2009, and the Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Queens College in the City University of New York in 2008. His general area of research in finance is asset pricing, with a concentration on the studies of financial bubbles and empirical asset pricing. His dissertation aims to analyze the generating process of housing bubbles, and study the major factors associated to housing bubbles. In addition, another area of his research is data mining with a focus on the financial and business data analysis. He has published several papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in the field of data mining, such as ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) andACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). 

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