Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science

Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science

The Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science (D-CIDES) was formed in 2010 as a campus-wide center that was jointly affiliated with two of Duke’s Institutes, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) and the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). It brings together Duke’s diverse and campus-wide strengths in the decision sciences – including behavioral economics, judgment and decision making, marketing, neuroeconomics, medical decision making, and addiction – into a single community for programs, education, and new research collaborations. Core programs include an ongoing speaker series, funding for postdoctoral fellows, student travel awards, and affiliated coursework.

Our Mission

To catalyze interdisciplinary programs and research on the biological, social, and societal mechanisms of decision making.

Our Goals

  • Research. To promote and develop new interdisciplinary scholarship within the decision sciences by facilitating new research partnerships, by developing new training programs, and by partnering in the recruitment of new faculty and trainees.
  • Education. To develop academic training programs for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the decision sciences.
  • Community. To grow an intellectual community organized around a shared interest in decision making, with membership that spans disciplines, research methods, levels of inquiry, and the basic and applied sciences.
  • Service. To connect Duke faculty and students with policy makers in industry and government, so that our research can be applied in the service of society. 

Administrative Structure

D-CIDES is governed by a director who is responsible for its strategic leadership and operational management. Oversight is provided by an executive board comprising faculty who are representative of the disciplinary and intellectual diversity that characterizes the decision sciences at Duke. Administrative and staff assistance is provided through both DIBS and SSRI, which jointly support D-CIDES speaker series, fellowship programs, educational activities, and research groups.

Learn more about DIBS

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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