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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; decision-making
Teaching Interests
Organizational behavior, ethical leadership, judgment and decision-making, conflict management


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

Scholarly Work

  • Book Chapters
  • Bauman, C. W., & Helzer, E, (2023). Interpersonal Consequences of Moral Judgments about Others.
  • Helzer, E., & Critcher, C. R, (2018). What do we evaluate when we evaluate moral character? Guilford Press.
  • Fleeson, W., Furr, R., Helzer, E., Jayawickreme, E., Harley, A., & Meindl, P, (2014). Personality science and the foundations of character. New York, NY Oxford University Press.
  • Journal Articles
  • Helzer, E., Cohen, T. R., Kim, Y., Iorio, A., & Aven, B, (2024). Moral beacons: Understanding moral character and moral influence. Journal of Personality, 1-18.
  • Cohen, T. R., Helzer, E., & Creo, R. A, (2022). Honesty among lawyers: Moral character, game framing, and honest disclosures in negotiations. Negotiation Journal, (38), 199-234.
  • Helzer, E., Cohen, T., & Kim, Y, (2022). The character lens: A person-centered view of moral recognition and ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics, (182), 483-500.
  • Helzer, E., & Rosenzweig, E, (2020). Examining the role of harm-to-others in lay perceptions of greed. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, (160), 106-114.
  • Helzer, E., Myers, C. G., Fahim, C., Sutcliffe, K. M., & Abernathy, J. H, (2020). Gender Bias in Collaborative Medical Decision Making: Emergent Evidence. Academic Medicine, 95, 1524-1528.
  • 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. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, (87), 103906.
  • Helzer, E., Fleeson, W., Furr, R., Meindl, P., & Barranti, M, (2017). Once a utilitarian, consistently a utilitarian? Examining principledness in moral judgment via the robustness of individual differences. Journal of Personality, (85), 505-517.
  • Harley, A. G., Furr, R. M., Helzer, E., Jayawickreme, E., Velasquez, K. R., & Fleeson, W, (2016). Morality's centrality to liking, respecting, and understanding others.7(7), 658-666.
  • Blackie, L. E., Jayawickreme, E., Helzer, E., Foregeard, M. J., & Roepke, A. M, (2015). Investigating the veracity of self-perceived post-traumatic growth: A profile analysis approach to corroboration. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 788-796.
  • Helzer, E., Furr, R., Hawkins, A., Barranti, M., Blackie, L., & Fleeson, W, (2014). Agreement on the perception of moral character.12(40), 1698-1710.
  • Jayawickreme, E., Meindl, P., Helzer, E., Furr, R. M., & Fleeson, W, (2014). Virtuous states and virtuous traits: How the empirical evidence regarding the existance of broad traits saves virtue ethics from the situationist critique.3(12), 283-308.
  • Helzer, E., & 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.