Erik Helzer, PhD

Erik Helzer, PhD

Assistant Professor

Academic Discipline: Management & Organization

Areas of Interest:
Organizational Behavior,
Ethical Leadership,
Managing Conflict

Phone: (410) 234-9281



Erik Helzer, PhD (Cornell University) is an Assistant Professor in the research track at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School from 2014. His research focuses on moral character, ethical behavior, and self- and social-assessment.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Publication Award (2013)
  • Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University

Selected Publications

  • Helzer, E. G., Fleeson, W., Barranti, M., Meindl, P., & Furr, R. M. (in press). Once a utilitarian, consistently a utilitarian? Examining principledness in moral judgment via the robustness of individual differences. Journal of Personality.
  • Helzer, E. G., & Jayawickreme, E. (2015). Control and the “good life”: Primary and secondary control as distinct indicators of well-being. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 653-660.
  • Helzer, E. G., Furr, R. M., Hawkins, A., Barranti, M., Blackie, L. E. R., & Fleeson, W. (2014). Agreement on the perception of moral character. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1698-1710.
  • Jayawickreme, E., Meindl, P., Helzer, E. G., Furr, R. M., & Fleeson, W. (2014). Virtuous states and virtuous traits: How the empirical evidence regarding the existence of broad traits does not undermine virtue ethics. Theory and Research in Education.
  • Helzer, E. G., & Dunning, D.  (2012).  Why and when peer prediction is superior to self-prediction: The weight given to future aspiration versus past achievement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 38-53.
  • Helzer, E. G., & Gilovich, T.  (2012).  Whatever is willed will be: A temporal asymmetry in attributions to will. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1235-1246.
  • Helzer, E. G., & Dunning, D.  (2012).  On motivated reasoning and self-belief.  In S. Vazire & T. D. Wilson (Eds.), Handbook of self-knowledge (pp. 379-396).  New York: Guilford.
  • Helzer, E. G., & Pizarro, D. A.  (2011).  Dirty liberals!: Reminders of physical cleanliness influence moral and political attitudes. Psychological Science, 22, 517-522.

Works In Progress

  • Understanding the Ethics and Value of Higher Education: When is Specialized Training “Worth It”? A funded project in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Talle, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
  • Carter, T. J., & Helzer, E. G. Accusations of unfairness affect biases in subsequent decisions: A study of Major League Umpires.
  • Helion, C., Helzer, E. G., & Pizarro. Being wrong about doing wrong: Self-other asymmetries in predicted and experienced moral struggle.