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Dereck Barr-Pulliam, PhD

Assistant Professor, Accountancy
College of Business, Room 250
(502) 852-4834
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Dereck Barr-Pulliam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Accountancy within the University of Louisville’s College of Business. He earned a PhD from the University of Mississippi in 2014 and spent five years on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before arriving at UofL. He is a certified public accountant and a certified internal auditor and spent six years in professional practice before beginning his doctoral studies.

Dereck’s research is grounded in psychology and economic theories, and he studies how individuals solve complex problems. His research centers around factors that affect judgment and decision making such as auditors’ use of advanced technology, reliance on and interactions with subject matter experts, and consumer perceptions of auditors’ work. His research has been published in leading accounting journals such as Journal of Accounting Research, AUDITING: A Journal of Practice & Theory and Management Accounting Research. He is also a member of the editorial boards for Accounting Horizons, Journal of Information Systems, and Current Issues in Auditing.

Dereck’s research has been funded or supported by organizations such as the IAAER, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)’s Access to Audit Personnel grant program and global accounting firm KPMG. He also published commissioned monographs on auditors’ knowledge acquisition for the IIA Research Foundation, the IAASB, the IAAER, and ICAS. He is a sought-after presenter and university and international symposia, and his work is frequently cited in the accounting and business press.


  • PhD (Accountancy) University of Mississippi, 2014
  • MA (Accountancy) University of Mississippi, 2004
  • BS (Accountancy) University of Mississippi, 2002

Awards & Honors

Access to Audit Personnel (2021)

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) have implemented a program designed to facilitate accounting and auditing academics’ ability to obtain access to audit firm personnel to participate in their research projects.

Recent Research & Publications

Curriculum Vita

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