• Jean Decety Irving B. Harris Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and the College

    Dr. Jean Decety is the Co-PI on CPOST's groundbreaking Minerva Initiative grant, "The Social and Neurological Construction of Martyrdom." Dr. Decety is a world renowned expert in neuroscience and psychology.

    Dr. Decety (Ph.D. in Neurobiology, University Claude Bernard, France) is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, and the director of the Child Neurosuite. He recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (2011), The Social Neuroscience of Empathy (2009), Empathy from Bench to Bedside (2012) at MIT Press, New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience (2014) at Springer, and The Moral Brain (2015) at MIT press.

  • Cliff Workman PhD

    Dr. Cliff Workman is Dr. Jean Decety's postdoc and works on CPOST's Minerva Initiative Grant "The Social and Neurological Construction of Martyrdom."

    Dr. Workman received his Ph.D. (Medicine) from the University of Manchester where he investigated the relationship of moral cognition and emotions to the pathophysiology of major depression. He completed a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he worked on studies of clinical, cognitive, and social functioning. After college, Cliff worked at Johns Hopkins University on PET neuroimaging studies of psychiatric disorders. He joined the SCNL in 2016 as a post-doctoral scholar to investigate the neurobiological and social bases of susceptibility to persuasion to engage in suicide terrorism.