About James

James Robert Langabeer, PhD coaches leaders to improve their decision making around wealth and health. Trained as a behavioral economist (a cognitive scientist with a financial background), he focuses on how we make important decisions. He is a Vice Chair and Director at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and holds the Robert Graham Professorship for Entrepreneurial Informatics. He has taught finance, leadership, strategy, and decision-making at UTHealth, Boston University, and the University of Houston.

He also is the Principal/Founder of Yellowstone Consulting LLC, where as a financial coach and planner, he uses sophisticated risk and behavioral analyses to coach select small businesses and individuals in financial planning and money management. He has published over 100 scientific articles, authored multiple books, and has been a popular keynote speaker at dozens of national conferences. He has previously served as both a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and led multiple entrepreneurial start-up firms to commercialization.

James holds a PhD in Management and Decision Sciences from the University of Lancaster in England, and a second doctorate from the University of Houston. He has an MBA from Baylor University, and his undergraduate training was in management and economics from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He is a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) with the Texas Securities Board, and holds both the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations.

He has been regularly featured in Forbes and is a member of the Forbes Business Council. His work has also been profiled on National Public Radio, Houston Business Journal, Boston Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, and many other national and regional TV, news, and radio.

His new book on behavioral finance and money management will be released by early 2022 by Routledge Press.

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