Benjamin Ostrowski, PhD

Behavioral Science | People Analytics | UX Research

Ex-Humu | Carnegie Mellon University | Brown University


My goal is to help organizations, their employees, and their customers thrive by using research to guide decision-making and solve complex problems, and by reliably collecting, analyzing, and presenting data.

I am a skilled mixed-methods researcher and caring manager with experience working at an HR tech startup and leading a racial justice non-profit. I help organizations and their employees thrive by understanding how to use research to guide decision-making, solve complex problems, and reliably collect, analyze, and present data. 

I have experience in the industrial, entrepreneurial, and academic sectors conducting, presenting, and distilling rigorous research into decision recommendations for equitable experiences and organizational effectiveness.

Beyond my work experience, I have consulted for a number of organizations, including engineering research centers, innovation contest organizations, health care facilities, and improv comedy theater companies.

My management experience includes overseeing teams of RAs carrying out complex research projects as a Principal Investigator, and leading a team of directors as Executive Director of SCORE, a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting racial equity in my home state of CT.

In graduate school, my research was supported by grants from the U.S. Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research and was featured in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal. It was a pleasure to work closely as an advisee of Dr. Anita Woolley.

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Reference from Dr. Stefanie Tignor, VP of Data Science and Insights at Humu

"Ben is a true teammate in every sense of the word. He is extremely productive, reliable, and will not only move a project forward, but will seek to elevate it each step of the way. He has an immense knowledge of behavioral science, but is also able to apply it directly and practically to create compelling product experiences. His learning orientation is also so impressive: he's deeply interested in how he can improve, learn, and grow. Any team is lucky to have Ben; my projects at Humu have been much higher quality because of his contributions."

Reference from Dr. Rachel Callan, Head of Behavioral Science at Humu

"We were so lucky to have Ben on our team leading a variety of projects for behavioral science. Ben is knowledgeable on a number of topics related to teams and motivation, and he's able to apply that knowledge creatively to solve practical problems in the applied space. In addition, he's a fantastic teammate, easily able to collaborate cross-functionally, provides helpful feedback to colleagues, and brings new ideas to the table."