Erik Helzer

Erik Helzer, PhD

Assistant Professor
Academic AreaManagement & Organization
Areas of InterestOrganizational Behavior, Ethical Leadership, Managing Conflict

Erik Helzer develops and applies psychological, organizational, and behavioral science insights to understand the cultivation of practical wisdom for leading in organizations. Dr. Helzer's research focuses on three facets of practical wisdom: ethical behavior and moral judgment, self-knowledge, and personal agency and adjustment. These topics have been the basis of his empirical research and serve as the foundation for his teaching in both MBA and Executive Education programs.


  • Ph. D, Social and Personality Psychology, Cornell University


Selected publications
  • Critcher, C. R., Helzer, E. G., & Tannenbaum, D. (in press). Moral character evaluation: Testing another’s moral-cognitive machinery. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Helion, C., Helzer, E. G., Kim, S., & Pizarro, D. A. (in press). Asymmetric memory for harming versus being harmed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Helzer, E. G., & Kim, S. H. (2019). Creativity for workplace well-being. Academy of Management Perspectives, 33, 134-147.
  • Duffy, K. A., Helzer, E. G., Hoyle, R. H., Helzer, J. F., & Chartrand, T. L. (2018). Pessimistic expectations and poorer experiences: The role of (low) extraversion in anticipated and experienced enjoyment of social interaction. PLoS ONE, 13,
  • 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 saves virtue ethics from the situationist critique. Theory and Research in Education, 12, 283-308.
  • 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.
Works in progress
  • Bauman, C. W., Helzer, E. G., & Lee, J. Embracing pluralism to enrich theories of ethics and ethical decision-making.
  • Carter, T. J., & Helzer, E. G. Decision-makers’ responses to accusations of unfairness: Evidence for post-accusation favoritism.
  • Helzer, E. G., Cohen, T. R., & Kim, Y. The character lens: A person-centered view of moral recognition.


  • Judgment and Decision-Making
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Strategic Conflict Management (Executive Education)

Honors and distinctions

  • Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • The Beacon Project Research Grant, Wake Forest University and the Templeton Religion Trust (2016-2018)
  • JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Grant, The Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute for Bioethics (2016-2017)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Publication Award (2013)
  • Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University (2007-2012)

Impact and engagement

  • Student literacy tutor, Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, Baltimore, MD (2016-present)
  • Citizenship tutor, Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, MD (2017-present)

In the media