Professor Backof has expertise in auditing and financial reporting. Her research focuses on how the auditing profession influences the information provided to external users of financial statements. She uses psychology theory to examine auditors’ judgments and decision making under uncertainty and jurors’ evaluation of those judgments when determining auditor negligence and damage awards. Professor Backof has taught financial accounting, intermediate accounting, auditing, and managerial accounting at the undergraduate level.

Professor Backof’s work has been presented at national conferences sponsored by the American Accounting Association, as well as other conference and university research workshops. Before earning her Ph.D., Professor Backof worked as an Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Professor Backof holds a New York CPA certification.