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Erik Helzer

Associate Professor



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.
NPS Experience
  • 2020 - current: Associate Professor
Research Interests
Ethical behavior and moral judgment, self-knowledge, and personal agency and adjustment
Teaching Interests
Organizational behavior, ethical leadership, judgment and decision-making, conflict


  • 2021 - Louis D. Liskin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Graduate School of Defense Management

Scholarly Work

  • Journal Articles
  • Helzer, E., Cohen, T., & Kim, Y, The character lens: A person-centered view of moral recognition and ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Helion, C., Helzer, E., Kim, S., & Pizarro, D. A, (2020). Asymmetric memory for harming versus being harmed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, (149), 889-900.
  • Critcher, C. R., Helzer, E., & Tannenbaum, D, (2019). Moral Character Evaluation: Testing Another’s Moral-Cognitive Machinery.(87).
  • (2017). Once a utilitarian, consistently a utilitarian? Examining principledness in moral judgment via the robustness of individual differences.(85), 505-517.
  • (2015). Investigating the veracity of self-perceived post-traumatic growth: A profile analysis approach to corroboration.7(6), 788-796.
  • (2012). Why and when peer prediction is superior to self-prediction: The weight given to future aspiration versus past achievement.1(103), 15.