Kathryn Kadous is the Schaefer Chaired Professor of Accounting and the Director and Associate Dean of the Ph.D. Program at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. She earned a PhD from the University of Illinois. Prior to that, she worked as an auditor and controller. Professor Kadous' research considers judgment and decision-making issues in auditing and accounting. Her current research is focused primarily on using psychology theory to improve auditor decision making and on identifying the antecedents of auditor skepticism. Professor Kadous' research has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Research, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Journal of Behavioral Finance, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.

Professor Kadous served two terms as an editor for both The Accounting Review and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. She is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Accounting Research. She has held several positions with the American Accounting Association, including President of the Auditing Section.


  • BSBA
    Creighton University
  • MAS
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In the News

  • May 22, 2019
    Accounting Today
    The CAQ has provided funding for 44 related projects over the last 11 years via its Research Advisory Board grant program. The RAB comprises members of academia and the auditing profession.
  • November 9, 2015
    According to research from Kathryn Kadous, McIntyre term chair and professor of accounting at Goizueta, the accounting world has yet to deal with how auditors’ workflow and the unconscious biases that it produces impact their work. In a research paper titled “Auditor mindsets and audits of complex estimates,” Kadous and co-authors discovered that an unconscious bias—a lack of professional skepticism—inhibits auditors’ ability to spot problems in the financial statements. To sign off on financial statements of public companies, top auditors gather information from the company itself, from multiple auditors working under them, and from outside specialists hired by the company and the auditing firm. Auditors use this information to determine whether estimates in corporate financial statements are reasonable, yet their conclusions can be wrong if they fail to question the sources of this information or fail to notice inconsistencies across information. Kadous’s work centers on the psychological process of accounting and auditing work. “My research focuses on how auditors make judgments about the most complex accounts on financial statements—complex estimates,” she says. Estimates are required for important accounts on the financial statements, including investments and securities, goodwill, allowance for loan losses, intangibles, and more. “This part of the auditor’s job requires considerable judgment, and regulators and researchers, as well as auditors themselves, have been clear that auditors need help in this area,” she says.
  • June 13, 2019
    American Accounting Association
    The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Emily E. Griffith, Jacqueline S. Hammersley, and Kathryn Kadous as the recipients of the 2019 Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award for their paper, “Audits of Complex Estimates as Verification of Management Numbers: How Institutional Pressures Shape Practice,” published in the Fall 2015 issue of Contemporary Accounting Research. This AAA award, which is sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation, will be presented to Professors Griffith, Hammersley, and Kadous in the form of a medal and monetary prize at the Tuesday plenary on August 13, 2019 at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.