Rick Wash

Position title: Associate Professor

Email: rwash@wisc.edu

Website: Rick Wash's website


PhD, Information, University of Michigan 2009
MS, Computer Science, University of Michigan 2006
BS, Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests

Research fields – Human Centered Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Cyber Policy, Social Computing

Methods and methodologies – I use a variety of methods (including mixed methods), but do a lot of qualitative interview methods, surveys, log analysis, and real world experiments

Theories – Many, but most recently Naturalistic Decision Making

Areas of Interest – HCI, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology


Rick Wash, Norbert Nthala, and Emilee Rader. “Knowledge and Capabilities that Non-Expert Users Bring to Phishing DetectionSymposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). Virtual. July 2021.

Rick Wash and Emilee Rader. “Prioritizing Security Over Usability: Strategies for How People Choose PasswordsJournal of CyberSecurity. Vol. 7 June 2021.

Rick Wash. “How Experts Detect Phishing Scam Emails” Proceedings of the ACM: Human-Computer Interaction (CSCW). Vol. 4 November 2020.

Rick Wash and Molly Cooper. “Who Provides Phishing Training? Facts, Stories, and People Like MeProceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI). Montreal, Canada. April 2018.

Rick Wash. “Folk Models of Home Computer SecurityProceedings of the Symposium on Usable Security and Privacy (SOUPS). 2010.