Stephani Robson

Stephani Robson

  • Senior Lecturer Emeritus

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Faculty Expertise

  • Behavioral Research
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Properties Development and Management
  • Hospitality and Services Design, Management and Operations
  • Design


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration


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Stephani Robson, senior lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, worked for several years in restaurants and retail food operations in her native Canada before deciding to pursue a college degree in the field. She graduated from the School of Hotel Administration in 1988, and began her career as a food-service designer with Cini-Little International and subsequently with Marrack Watts in Toronto, Ontario. As a professional food-service designer, she has designed kitchen facilities for hotels, restaurants, airports, hospitals, universities, and catering halls. She joined the school's faculty in 1993, earned a Master of Science in human-environment relations in 1999, and in 2010 completed her PhD at Cornell with a focus on consumer behavior in restaurants. Her academic interests center on how the design of environments affect consumer intentions, satisfaction, and behavior. She is a specialist in the psychology of restaurants and has presented and published her research in a wide range of industry and academic forums around the world.

Selected Publications

  • Noone, Breffni; Robson, Stephani. "Understanding consumers' inferences from price and non-price information in the online lodging purchase decision"Service Science. 8.2 (2016): 108-123
  • Penner, Richard; Adams, Lawrence; Robson, Stephani. Hotel Design, Planning and Development. WW Norton. 2nd ed. (2012): 444
  • Robson, Stephani; Kimes, Sheryl; Becker, Franklin; Evans, Gary. "Consumers' Responses to Reduced Personal Space"Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. 52.3 (2011): 253-264
  • Robson, Stephani. "Scenes from a Restaurant: Privacy Regulation in Stressful Situations"Journal of Environmental Psychology. 28.4 (2008): 373-378
  • Pullman, M.; Robson, Stephani. "Visual methods: Using photographs to capture customers' experience with design"Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. 48.2 (2007): 121-144

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Teaching Recognition Award - Sophomore Core (2017) Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, School of Hotel Administration
  • Faculty Teaching Recognition Award-Graduate Core (2016) School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
  • Faculty Teaching Recognition Award-Undergraduate Elective (2015) School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
  • Undergraduate Elective Teacher of the Year (2014) School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
  • Ted Teng '79 Teaching Award (2012) School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

Academic Degrees

  • PhD School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 2010
  • MS College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, 1999
  • BS School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 1988