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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Jinan Allan

Assistant Professor

Office: Brackett 410-B

Phone: 864-656-4980


Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Max Planck Institute for Human Development

PhD Cognitive Psychology
University of Oklahoma, 2021

MS Cognitive Psychology
University of Oklahoma, 2018

BS Mathematics-Statistics
Michigan Technological University, 2015

Courses Taught

PSYC 4890 Decision Making & Risk


Dr. Jinan Allan’s research explores the effects of human cognitive abilities and statistical numeracy (i.e., practical probabilistic reasoning) on decision-making skills and risk literacy — i.e., the ability to evaluate and understand risk information. Her research uses behavioral science and psychometric techniques to develop metrics and models of human decision-making and risk communication, with applications to diverse domains, including medical decision making, cyber security, and extreme weather risks (e.g., tornado and hurricane warnings).  Jinan is also affiliated with the Media Forensics Hub.

Dr. Allan will be accepting graduate students for the 2024-2025 year.

Research Publications

Selected Publications
Cho, J., Cokely, E.T., Ramasubramanian, M., Allan, J.N., Feltz, A., & Garcia-Retamero, R. (in press). Numeracy Does Not Polarize Climate Change Judgments: Numerate People Are More Knowledgeable and Knowledge is Power. Decision.

Krocak, M. J., Allan, J. N., Ripberger, J. T., Silva, C. L., & Jenkins-Smith, H. C. (2021). An Analysis of Tornado Warning Reception and Response Across Time: Leveraging Respondents’ Confidence and a Nocturnal Tornado Climatology. Weather and Forecasting, 36(5), 1649-1660.

Allan, J. N., Ripberger, J.T., Wehde, W., Krocak, M., Silva, C., & Jenkins-Smith, H. (2020). Geographic Distributions of Extreme Weather Risk Perceptions in the United States. Risk Analysis: An International Journal.

Ripberger, J.T., Silva, C., Jenkins-Smith, H., Allan, J.N., Krocak, M., Wehde, W., & Ernst, S. (2020). Exploring Community Differences in Tornado Warning Reception, Comprehension, and Response Across the United States. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(6), E936–E948.

Ripberger, J.T., Krocak, M., Wehde, W., Allan, J.N., Silva, C., & Jenkins-Smith, H. (2019). Measuring Tornado Warning Reception, Comprehension, and Response in the United States. Weather, Climate, and Society, 11(4), 863-880.

Ramasubramanian, M., Allan, J. N., Garcia-Retamero, R., Jenkins-Smith, H., & Cokely E.T. (2019). Flood Risk Literacy: Communication and Implications for Protective Action. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 63, No. 1. pp 1629-1633).

Cokely, E.T., Feltz, A., Ghazal, S., Allan, J.N., Petrova, D., & Garcia-Retamero, R., (2018). Skilled Decision Theory: From Intelligence to Numeracy and Expertise. In K. A. Ericsson, R. R. Hoffman, A. Kozbelt, & A. M. Williams (2nd Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.


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