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Brad Mattan, PhD


Brad brings a strong quantitative background and a decade of experience in behavioral science to client’s research challenges. He has worked with large datasets ranging from functional MRI data to geolocation and experience sampling data. Passionate about open science, Brad is a frequent user of open-source software and other tools for transparent, inclusive, and accountable science. Brad has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham.

Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

I genuinely enjoy listening to and learning from folks with different perspectives.

Your favorite part of working at Bold Insight:

I’m a big fan of the emphasis that Bold Insight places on mentoring others and being mentored at all stages. It’s a very supportive place to work!

In your spare time you would absolutely do this:

Volunteer to conduct research on barriers and pathways to greater inclusion in martial arts.

Your favorite city in the world is...and why?

Chicago, of course! Of all the places I’ve lived, it has always felt the most like home.

You cannot start the day without doing this:

Having breakfast is a must. Second breakfast is even better!

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include:

Whoever they are, they must wear name tags. I’m terrible with celebrities.

Long-term personal or professional goal?

Personal: Get my black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Professional: Conduct UX research in collaboration with NASA.

Any other facts to share?

I regularly train and compete as a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.