Welton Chang is a political psychologist and national security expert who specializes in helping people in government, business, sports and other high-stakes fields. He is a psychologist and senior professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His work at APL supports a variety of DoD and IC sponsors on a range of technical topics. Prior to working at APL, he was a pre-doctoral fellow in the Good Judgment Lab and doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania where he works on leading-edge research on improving reasoning, rationality, forecasting, and decision-making. He currently conducts research for IARPA’s CREATE program, an expansive project which seeks to improve the reasoning of intelligence analysts and manages day-to-day lab activities for the Good Judgment Lab.
From 2005-2014, he served as a Defense Department intelligence analyst and U.S. Army intelligence officer. During this time he worked on North Korea, China, and issues related to optimizing intelligence collection. His overseas experience includes 21 months in Iraq and a year in South Korea, during which he served as a task force intelligence officer in northwestern Iraq and as the team-leader for an intelligence training team responsible for providing support to Iraq’s National Intelligence Cell.
He sits on the board of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, the American Resilience Project, is a Truman National Security Fellow as well as the co-director the Project’s Philadelphia chapter. Welton earned a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has published peer-reviewed articles in the Judgment and Decision Making journal, Intelligence and National Security Journal, as well as in professional publications such as Military Review, the American Intelligence Journal, and the Air and Space Power Journal. Other work has appeared in US News & World Report, Task and Purpose, Lifehacker, Federal Times, Inside Sources, and C4ISR Journal. He is also a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. In his spare time, he helped found Grove Ave, a company that helps people achieve personal growth and serves as the managing partner for several real estate and venture capital investor groups.