College of Business New Faculty

Julia Bear | Richard Chan | Lily Cushenbery | Aaron Kim | Gokhan Torna



Julia Bear
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2010, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

MBA, 2002, International Business, Baruch College, CUNY

AB, 1997 English Literature, Stanford University


Richard Chan
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2010, Management & Organization, Minors: Technology Entrepreneurship, Behavioral Decision Theory, and Research Methods, University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts, 2000, Psychology, University of California - Berkeley

Julia Bear is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business of Stony Brook University. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University, her MBA from Baruch College-CUNY, and her AB from Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, she was a Post- Doctoral Researcher at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel where she was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Marie Curie Fellowship.

Dr. Bear's research focuses on the influence of gender on negotiation outcomes, as well as emotions and conflict management in organizations. Her research has been published in journals and books, including Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. She is pleased to have joined the Stony Brook faculty, and is enjoying the beautiful nature and beaches in the surrounding area with her family.

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 research has appeared in the Journal of Business Venturing and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. He is the recipient of the 2013 William H. Newman Award from Academy of Management, the 2008 Best Student Paper award from the MOC Division of Academy of Management, and the 2003 Betty Nesvold Award from the Social Science Research and Instructional Council's Student Research Conference.

Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Richard was an Assistant Professor at the Peking University HSBC Business School and an assistant director of its Small and Medium Enterprises Research Center. He holds the Ph.D. in Management from University of Washington, focusing on Technology Entrepreneurship, Behavioral Decision Theory, and Research Methods. He received a B.A. in Psychology at University of California, Berkeley.


Lily Cushenbery
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2012, Industrial Organizational Psychology Minor: Statistics and Methods, Pennsylvania State University

MS, 2010, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

BA, 2007, Psychology, California State University - Fresno


Aaron Kim
Assistant Professor, Finance/Quantitative Finance

PhD, 2005, Mathematics, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea

Doctor of Science (Habilitation), 2011, Statistics and Finance, School of Economics and Business Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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 Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human 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.

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 fat-tail-risk, asymmetric dependence, clustering of volatility, and long range dependence which are observed in financial market. In financial issues, he interested in financial risk management, portfolio optimization, and derivative pricing.

Dr. Kim published dozens of research papers in internationally referred journals and was awarded one patent. He is expert in computer programming and shares basic libraries and tools implemented by him.


Gokhan Torna
Assistant Professor, Finance

PhD, 2013, Finance, University of Kansas

MBA, 2007, Concentration in Finance, Illinois State University

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.

Denise Buhrau | Peter Caprariello | Herbert Lewis | Ting Liu | Ethan Pew | Svetlozar (Zari) Rachev | Noah Smith | Yiyi Zhou



Denise Buhrau
Assistant Professor, Marketing

PhD, 2010, Management, Tulane University

BS, 2002, Psychology, Otto Von Guericke University, Germany


Peter Caprariello
Assistant Professor, Marketing

PhD, 2012; MA, 2006, Social-Personality Psychology, University of Rochester

BA, 2003, Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Denise Buhrau conducts research on consumer behavior, particularly in the context of health behaviors. She focuses on topics such as planning and goal pursuit, health communication and the role of temporal orientation in decision making. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Buhrau was an adjunct professor at Tulane University and a visiting adjunct professor at American University. She has taught courses in marketing research and in advertising and brand promotion. Buhrau is working on several manuscripts for professional journals and has presented her research at various conferences.

Peter Caprariello's research intersects money and close interpersonal relationships. He is researching how specifying the relationship context of life experiences versus material possessions affords a more complete understanding of how money can be spent in pursuit of happiness. His dissertation tested whether activating self-centered or other-centered motives for spending money on others influences happiness. He believes that we can develop and extend basic consumer science by better understanding the natural context in which money fundamentally alters and is altered by relevant relationship processes. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Caprariello was an adjunct instructor at the State University of New York at Geneseo and Nazareth College.


Herbert Lewis
Lecturer, Business Analytics

PhD, 1996; MS, 1991, Applied Mathematics and Statistics with a focus on Operations Research, Stony Brook University

BE, 1989, Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University


Ting Liu
Assistant Professor, Economics

PhD, 2008; MA, 2005, Economics, Boston University

BA, 2001, Economics with distinction, University of International Business and Economics, China

Since 1997 Herbert F. Lewis has been a faculty member in Stony Brook's College of Business, Department of Technology and Society and Harriman School for Management and Policy. He has published extensively in the area of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), a linear programming-based methodology for measuring the relative efficiency of units that consume multiple inputs to produce multiple outputs. His work has contributed to both the DEA methodology and its applications. In addition, Lewis has published papers in the areas of vehicle routing, job scheduling, gene sequencing and educational pedagogy. He has worked as a consultant on various projects for Management Partnership Services Inc., MAXIMUS Inc., the New York State Small Business Development Center and Roche Diagnostic Systems.

Ting Liu conducts research in industrial organization, health economics and applied microeconomic theory. Her recent research interests include reputation building in expert markets, durable goods product design and the impact of electronic medical records on physicians' behavior. Prior to joining Stony Brook, she worked as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Liu has taught courses in strategic behavior in economic environments and in microeconomics. She has published in several journals, including Economic Theory, International Economic Review and Pacific Economic Review, and has made presentations at conferences around the country.


Ethan Pew
Assistant Professor, Marketing

PhD, 2010, Marketing, University of Colorado, Boulder

BBA, 2003, Finance, University of Texas, Austin


Svetlozar (Zari) Rachev
Professor, Economics

Doctor of Science, 1986, Physics and Mathematics, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russia

PhD, 1979, Mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

MS, 1974, Mathematics, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Ethan Pew conducts research on consumer behavior, particularly in the context of investment decision making. He focuses on topics such as how consumers perceive time and process information when evaluating investment opportunities. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Pew was a visiting assistant professor of marketing at American University and a visiting professor of management at Purdue University. He has taught courses in brand management, marketing research and consumer behavior. Pew has presented at conferences around the country and has several ongoing research projects.

Zari Rachev is one of the world's foremost authorities on the application of heavy-tailed distributions in finance. His 30 years of research culminated in three recently awarded patents at FinAnalytica, where he serves as chief scientist. He was a co-founder and president of Bravo Risk Management Group and originator of the Cognity methodology, which was acquired by FinAnalytica. In addition to his chair-professorship at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, he is professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability. Rachev is the author of 14 books and more than 300 published articles on finance, econometrics, probability, statistics and actuarial science.


Noah Smith
Assistant Professor, Finance

PhD, 2012, Economics, University of Michigan

BS, 2003, Physics with distinction, Stanford University


Yiyi Zhou
Assistant Professor, Economics

PhD, 2012; MA, 2008, Economics, University of Virginia

MA, 2007, Economics, Peking University, China

BA, 2004, Finance, University of International Business and Economics, China

Noah Smith's dissertation concerns expectation formation in financial markets. He spent three years working in Japan, where he still returns periodically to do research. He wrote a job market paper titled "Individual Trader Behavior in Experimental Asset Markets" and is working on another called "Private Information and Overconfidence in Financial Markets: An Experimental Investigation." Smith has taught courses in macroeconomics and has been a panelist for the Institute for New Economic Thinking Task Force. He also writes at the economics blog "Noahpinion."

Yiyi Zhou's dissertation, "Bayesian Estimation of a Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Pricing and Entry in Two-Sided Markets: Application to Video Games," concerns the dynamic pricing and entry in the U.S. video game market. She has developed a Bayesian estimation method for dynamic games arising in economics and business areas. Zhou’s research interests are in industrial organization, applied econometrics and microeconomics. She has published in Industrial Economics Research and Review of Industrial Economics, and has made presentations at the University of Virginia and at the China Economic Annual Conference.

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