Nicole Cade

  • Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Nicole joined the Katz School of Business in 2016 after receiving her PhD from the University of Washington. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Nicole worked as a hedge fund accountant at International Fund Services in New York after beginning her professional career on the Municipal Bond Sales and Trading desk at Merrill Lynch. Nicole received a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Ithaca College in 2008.

Nicole’s research focuses on individual judgment and decision-making in financial reporting. Nicole’s interest in this area grew out of her work experience in the financial services industry, first as a user of and then as a preparer of financial reports.

Nicole’s teaching interests include varying levels of financial accounting.

Courses Recently Taught

CBA Introduction to Financial Accounting

Awards and Honors

  • AAA ABO Midyear Meeting Outstanding Emerging Scholar Award, 2015
  • University of Washington Foster School PhD Program Teaching Award, 2015 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2014-15
  • University of Washington Foster School Dean’s Achievement Award, 2014
  • University of Washington Best Teacher’s Assistant (awarded by the Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternal Council), 2013
  • Ithaca College School of Business Dean’s Achievement Award, 2008
  • NY State Society of CPAs Superior Scholarship Award, 2008
  • 2nd Team CoSIDA Division III Academic All-American (softball), 2008
  • Empire 8 Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete Award (all sports), 2008
  • Ithaca College Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar, 2008
  • 1st Team NFCA NCAA Division III All-American (softball), 2007


  • PhD in Business Administration (Accounting), University of Washington, 2016
  • Master of Science in Business Administration (Accounting), University of Washington, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting; Minor in Mathematics), Ithaca College

Recent Publications

Cade, N. L., L. Koonce, and K. Mendoza. Forthcoming. “Assets and Liabilities: When do they Exist?” Contemporary Accounting Research.

Cade, N. L. 2018. “Corporate Social Media: How Two-Way Disclosure Channels Influence Investors.” Accounting, Organizations and Society (in press).

Bernard, D., N. L. Cade, and F. Hodge. 2018. “Investor Behavior and the Benefits of Direct Stock Ownership." Journal of Accounting Research 56(2): 431-466.

Working Papers

“Using video to disclose forward-looking information: The effect of non-verbal cues on investors’ judgments” (with Lisa Koonce and Kim Mendoza)
       Available for download at

“A Discussion of ‘Trust or Reciprocity? The Effect of Controls on Other-Regarding Behavior’” (with Sarah McVay)
       Discussion presented by Sarah McVay at the 2015 Contemporary Accounting Research Conference
       Submitted to Contemporary Accounting Research in December 2015

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Personal Interests

Nicole and her husband, Joe, enjoy exploring Pittsburgh’s different neighborhoods, attending sporting events, and trying new restaurants.