TYLER G. OKIMOTO is a Senior Lecturer in Management in the business school at the University of Queensland, Australia. He received his Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from New York University in 2005, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Management at Yale University, and in the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Australia.
Dr. Okimoto’s research uses experimental social-psychological approaches to explore interdisciplinary questions fundamental to criminology, management, and public policy. The majority of his work investigates the social psychological concerns underpinning an individual’s feelings of threat, concern, and outrage following an injustice. Under what conditions are the deviant attitudes and behaviors of others threatening to an individual’s sense of self and identity, and when do those threats elicit feelings of injustice, indignation, and/or a desire for some sanctioning response? Dr. Okimoto’s work considers how injustice threatens the self-concept of victims (as well as offenders and third-party observers), and the implications of those threats for understanding preferences for and reactions to various justice-restoring interventions (e.g., compensation, punishment, forgiveness, apologies, restorative conferencing). Notwithstanding this core domain of inquiry, Dr. Okimoto also conducts research investigating evaluation biases in organizational decision-making, exploring the cognitive, affective, and motivational processes through which the beliefs and attitudes derived from intergroup dynamics (i.e., ingroup preferences, stereotypes, etc.) result in unintentionally biased and unethical decisions.