Carissa Malone has been awarded a Doctoral Fellowship by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). “The AICPA Minority Doctoral Student fellowship has been extremely valuable to me, by helping to reduce the financial burdens of pursuing a Ph.D. in accounting and information systems. Additionally, the fellowship provides me with the opportunity to meet other students and faculty who have similar backgrounds and career aspirations as I do.”

Carissa Malone is a third-year Ph.D. student in accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech. Her primary research interest is in experimental research with a focus on the judgment and decision making of auditing professionals. Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech, Carissa earned an MBA in accounting from the University of St. Thomas – Houston and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin. She has accounting work experience across various industries including auditing, non-profit, oil and gas, consulting, and retail. Most recently, she worked in accounting and grants management at Arnold Ventures (formerly, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation). Carissa is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and The PhD Project.