David Rettinger, Associate Professor of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. (1998) and an M.A. (1994) in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, after receiving a B.A. (1991) with high honors and distinction in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Rettinger has a range of research interests that include judgment and decision making, academic integrity, and in general, moral decision making. In particular, he has undertaken a line of research that examines college students’ decision to cheat on exams.
Dr. Rettinger’s interview about his research on cheating methods aired on the “With Good Reason” public radio program in 2011. In the interview, he discussed how to stop students from cheating. His work has been published in several journals, including Ethics and Behavior, Research in Higher Education, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. In addition, he has presented his work at several conferences, including “Cheating and cheaters: The influence of personality” at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. In addition, he has contributed chapters to Psychological Perspectives on Academic Cheating, Emerging Perspectives on Judgment and Decision Research, and D’oh: Psychology of the Simpsons. He is a member of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Association for Psychological Science, and the Psi Chi psychology honor society, and he is an associate of the Psychonomic Society.
Dr. Rettinger serves as Executive Director of the Center for Honor, Leadership, & Service.