Cassandra Estep Receives Award for CAQ and AAA Access to Audit Personnel Program

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) announced four awards for the Access to Audit Personnel Program. This is the third year that the CAQ and the AAA Auditing Section have supported this program that facilitates the ability of accounting and auditing academic scholars to acquire access to audit firm personnel who participate in their research projects. From the 24 proposals received, the Review Committee selected the following projects to support.  Read more at CAQ


  1. Ann Backof, University of Virginia, How Does Evidence Specificity in Auditors’ Look-Back Analysis Affect Auditors’ Planning Judgments? (with Roger Martin and Jane Thayer, University of Virginia)
  2. Cassandra Estep, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Integrating IT Specialist Input on Audit Engagements: The Joint Effects of IT Specialist Attitude and Team Membership
  3. Michael Ricci, University of Georgia, Using Audit Programs to Improve Audits of Complex Estimates (with Jacqueline Hammersley, University of Georgia)
  4. Nicole Wright, Northeastern University, The Impact of Attraction Effect and Specific Guidance on Auditors’ Assessment of Level 3 Fair Value Assumptions (with Sudip Bhattacharjee, Virginia Tech, and Kimberly Moreno, Northeastern University)