Applied Research Psychologist
Applied Research Psychologist


Jessica Baweja is a social scientist at PNNL, where she supports research and operations in human factors and insider threat. She holds a PhD in social-personality psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology. She has conducted a wide variety of research projects, from identifying the psychological indicators of insider threat to studying the ways that data scientists work with machine learning models. Prior to joining PNNL, she spent six years as a behavioral research scientist and manager for Northrop Grumman in personnel security and insider threat research supporting the U.S. Department of Defense Personnel and Security Research Center. 

Disciplines and Skills

  • Human Factors 

  • Insider Threat 

  • Data Analysis 

  • Personnel Security 

  • Psychology 

  • Security Research 

  • Survey Design 

  • Survey Methodology 


  • PhD, psychology, Michigan State University 

  • MS, experimental psychology, Wake Forest University 

  • BS, psychology, Furman University 



  • Baweja, J. A., Fallon, and B.A. Jefferson. 2023. “Opportunities for human factors in machine learning.” Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, 6: 1130190. 

  • Fallon, C. K., J.A. Baweja, J.Y. Yun, N.D. Johnson, Z.H. Shaw and D.L. Arendt. 2023. “Phishing in the Wild: An Ecologically Valid Study of the Phishing Tactics and Human Factors that Predict Susceptibility to a Phishing Attack.” Journal of Information Warfare, 22 (2). 


  • Baweja, J., M.P. Dunning, and C. Noonan. 2022. “Domestic Extremism: How to Counter Threats Posed to Critical Assets.” Counter-Insider Threat Research and Practice, 1 (1). 

  • Wenskovitch, J., A. Anderson, A., S. Kincic, C. Fallon, D. Ciesielski, J. Baweja, M. Mersinger, B. Jefferson.  2022. “Operator Insights and Usability Evaluation of Machine Learning Assistance for Power Grid Contingency Analysis.” (eds) Human Factors in Energy: Oil, Gas, Nuclear and Electric Power, edited by R. Boring and R. McDonald. AHFE (2022) International Conference. AHFE Open Access, vol 54. AHFE International, USA. 


  • Yap, S. C. Y., J. Wortman, I. Anusic, S.G. Baker, L.D. Scherer, M.B. Donnellan and R.E. Lucas. 2017. “The effect of mood on judgments of subjective well-being: Nine tests of the judgment model.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113 (6): 939–961. 


  • Ebersole, C. R., O. E. Atherton, A. L. Belanger, H. M. Skulborstad, J. M. Allen, J. B. Banks, E. Baranski, M. J. Bernstein, D. B. V. Bonfiglio, L. Boucher, et al. 2016. “Evaluating participant pool quality across the academic semester via replication.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 67 (2016): 68–82, ISSN 0022-1031. (

  • Johnson, D. J., J. Wortman, F. Cheung, M. Hein, R. E. Lucas, M. B. Donnellan, C. R. Ebersole, and R. K. Narr. 2016. “The Effects of Disgust on Moral Judgments: Testing Moderators.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7 (7): 640–647.

  • Wortman, J., and R. E. Lucas. 2016. “Spousal similarity in life satisfaction before and after divorce.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110 (4): 625–633.


  • Wortman, J., M. B. Donnellan, and R. E. Lucas. 2014. “Can physical warmth (or coldness) predict trait loneliness? A replication of Bargh and Shalev (2012).” Archives of Scientific Psychology, 2 (1): 13–19.

  • Lynott, D., K. S. Corker, J. Wortman, L. Connell, M. B. Donnellan, R. E. Lucas, and K. O’Brien. 2014. “Replication of ‘Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth’ By Williams and Bargh (2008).” Social Psychology, 45 (3): 216–22.

  • Wortman, J., D. Wood, R. Michael Furr, J. Fanciullo, P. D. Harms. 2014. “The relations between actual similarity and experienced similarity.” Journal of Research in Personality, 49 (2014): 31–46, ISSN 0092-6566,


  • Wood, D. and J. Wortman. 2012. “Trait Means and Desirabilities as Artifactual and Real Sources of Differential Stability of Personality Traits.” Journal of Personality, 80 (3): 665–701.

  • Wortman, J., R.E. Lucas, and M. B. Donnellan. 2012. “Stability and change in the Big Five personality domains: Evidence from a longitudinal study of Australians.” Psychology and Aging 27, (4): 867–874.