Dr. Cain's research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and how to turn altruism on and off. Notably, Cain’s research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, USA Today, the New York Times, and other top media outlets such as NPR. Cain has won national teaching awards and has also appeared as a commentator on National Geographic’s popular TV show, Brain Games.
Russell Sage Fellow, Harvard, 2007
PhD, Carnegie Mellon, 2007
MS, Carnegie Mellon, 2003
MA, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2002
MA, Dalhousie, 1997
BA, 1st Class Honors, Dalhousie, 1996
Advice vs. Choice
J. Dana and D.M. Cain Current Opinions in Psychology
Volume 6, pp 173-176
Giving vs. Giving-in
D. M. Cain, J. D. Dana and G. E. Newman Academy of Management Annals
The Dirt on Coming Clean, "The Dirt on Coming Clean: Perverse Effects of Disclosing Conflicts of Interest" was recently named among the most relevant research studies on fiduciary reform (and presented to the SEC by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard).
Master Teacher in Ethics Award, Society of Business Ethics and Wheatley Institution, 2012
Yale SOM Alumni Association Teaching Award, Yale School of Management Alumni Association, 2011
Paper of the Year, Society of Business Ethics (SBE), 2010