Joseph Valacich

Joseph Valacich

Muzzy Endowed Chair
Joe Valacich

McClelland Hall 430CC
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

Deception and fraud detection
Human-computer interaction
Technology-mediated group decision making

Dr. Joe Valacich is a distinguished scholar, tech entrepreneur, and educator. With a focus on human-computer interaction, he has over 115 journal publications, including 37 in nine different Financial Times journals, and an h-index of 79. Co-founder of Neuro-ID in 2014, the company has attracted nearly $50M in investments, combatting online fraud and enhancing customer experiences. Dr. Valacich is an award-winning teacher, co-author of computing textbooks, and a leader in shaping academic programs. Recognitions include being a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors, Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Montana, and a Fellow of AIS. He received the AIS Impact Award in 2021 and the AIS Leo Award in 2022. Tech Launch Arizona named Neuro-ID the I-Squared Startup of the Year in 2020, and Dr. Valacich the I-Squared Inventor of the Year for Information Technology in 2016.


  • MIS 585 Strategic Management of Information Systems


  • Kim, D., Valacich, J.S., Jenkins, J.L., Wilson, D., & Kumar, M. (in press). Are you, you? Seamlessly Fighting Identity Fraud with Keystroke Dynamics. Information Systems Research.
  • Wilson, D., Valacich, J.S, & Jenkins, J.L. (in press). Behaviorally Measuring Ease-of-Use by Analyzing Users’ Mouse Movement Efficiency. MIS Quarterly.
  • Weinmann, M., Valacich, J.S., Schneider, C., Jenkins, J.J., & Hibbeln, M. (2022). The Path of the Righteous: Using Trace Data to Understand Fraud Decisions in Real Time. MIS Quarterly, 46(4), 2317-2336. DOI: 10.25300/MISQ/2022/17038.
  • Jenkins, J.L., Valacich, J.S., Zimbelman, A., & Zimbelman, M. (2021). Detecting Noncompliant Behavior in Organizations: How Responses and Behaviors Reveal the Risk. Journal of Management Information Systems. DOI: 10.1080/07421222.2021.1962600.
  • Wood, D., Pickard, M., Schuetzler, R., & Valacich, J.S. (2020). Next-Generation Accounting Interviewing: A Comparison of Human and Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) as Interviewers. The Accounting Review, 95(6), 339-366. DOI: 10.2308/tar-2017-0235.
  • Benjamin, V., Valacich, J.S., & Chen, H. (2019). DICE-E: A Framework for Conducting Darknet Identification, Collection, Evaluation, with Ethics. MIS Quarterly, 43(1), 1-22. DOI: 10.25300/MISQ/2019/13808.
  • Jenkins, J.L., Proudfoot, J.G., Valacich, J.S., Grimes, G.M., & Nunamaker, Jr., J.F. (2019). Sleight of hand: Identifying malicious insider threats through the monitoring of mouse-cursor movements. Journal for the Association for Information Systems; 20(1), Article 3. DOI: 10.17705/1jais.00527.
  • Valacich, J.S., Wang, X., & Jessup, L.M. (2018). Did I Buy the Wrong Gadget? How Easy and Difficult to Evaluate Technology Features Influence Product Choice. MIS Quarterly, 42:2, 633-644. DOI: 10.25300/MISQ/2018/12847.
  • Hibbeln, M., Jenkins, J., Schneider, C., Valacich. J.S., & Weinmann, M. (2017). How is Your User Feeling? Inferring Emotion Through Human-Computer Interaction Devices. MIS Quarterly, 41, 1-21. DOI: 10.25300/MISQ/2017/41.1.01.
  • Chatterjee, S., Valacich, J.S., & Sarker, Suprateek (2015). The Behavioral Roots of Information Systems Security: Exploring Key Factors Related to Unethical IT Use. Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 31(4), 49-87. DOI: 10.1080/0721222.2014.1001257.
  • George, J.F., Carlson, J., & Valacich, J.S. (2013). Media Selection as a Strategic Component of Deceptive Communication. MIS Quarterly, 37(4), 1233-1251.
  • Campbell, D.E., Wells, J.D., & Valacich, J.S. (2013). Breaking the Ice in B2C Relationships: Understanding Initial Perceptions of Websites with the eCommerce Attraction Model. Information Systems Research, 24(2), 219-238.

Issued Patents

  • PCT US14/43057—Identifying Deceptive Answers to Online Questions through human-computer interaction data. Issued. Expires: 2034-12-26.
  • US 61/934,005—Fraudulent Application Detection System and Method of Use, Issued. Expires: 2035-03-22.

Professional Associations

  • The National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS) (founding member)

Honors and Awards

  • 2022, AIS Leo Award, Association for Information Systems, awarded at ICIS 2022.
  • 2022 (Sept 2022), University of Arizona AI Lab Researcher Rankings. Ranked as the 15th most productive researcher (using Google Scholar H-index) in the MIS discipline.….
  • 2021, Association for Information Systems (AIS), AIS Impact Award for Research Beyond Academia – Neuro-ID Behavioral Analytics.
  • 2020, Tech Launch Arizona (University of Arizona), I-Squared (Innovation and Impact) Award, 2020 Startup of the Year – Neuro-ID, Inc.
  • 2020, JAIS 2019 Best Paper Award: “Sleight of hand: identifying concealed information by monitoring mouse-cursor movements”. Journal for the Association for Information Systems.
  • 2020, Lendit Fintech Industry Awards. Fintech Innovator of the Year Finalist (Neuro-ID). September 22.
  • 2020, National Academy of Inventors, Elected to the rank of Senior Member.
  • 2018, CIONET European Research Paper of the Year. CIONET.
  • 2016, Inventor of the Year, Innovation and Impact Award for Information Technology, University of Arizona, Tech Launch Arizona.
  • 2013, Best Business Developed Serious Game; and Best Adaptive Force Award (selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense). Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) at the Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).
  • 2013, Distinguished Educator in Information Systems, Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
  • 2012, Distinguished Alumni Award, The University of Montana Alumni Association.
  • 2009, Outstanding Alumnus Award, School of Business Administration, University of Montana.
  • 2009, AIS Fellow, Association for Information Systems, awarded at ICIS 2009.


  • PhD, The University of Arizona
  • MBA, University of Montana
  • BS in Computer Science, University of Montana