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, specializing in human-computer interaction. He has authored over 115 journal articles, including 37 in various journals recognized by the Financial Times, and holds an h-index of 80. In 2014, he co-founded Neuro-ID, a company that has since attracted $50M in investments, aiming to combat online fraud and enhance customer experiences. Dr. Valacich is an award-winning teacher and co-author of several computing textbooks, contributing significantly to academic programs. His accolades include being a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors, a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Montana, and a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). He has received several prestigious awards such as the AIS Impact Award for impact beyond the academy in 2021 and the AIS Leo Award for lifetime achievement in 2022. Neuro-ID was named the I-Squared (Innovation and Impact) Startup of the Year in 2020 by Tech Launch Arizona, which also honored Dr. Valacich as the I-Squared Inventor of the Year for Information Technology in 2016. Most recently, in 2024, he was awarded the University of Arizona Distinguished Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award. Joe is also the Eller College's Ambassador to the Tech Launch Arizona. 


  • 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

  • 2024, University Distinguished Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award, University of Arizona.
  • 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