I am a researcher, an educator and a practitioner. Broadly speaking, I’m interested in uncovering and sharing the insights that the behavioral sciences have to offer when it comes to confronting the major environmental issues we face. My background is in psychology, communication and sustainability.

I completed my PhD in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy at the University of Oregon in 2012. After completing post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia, I joined the faculty at UMass Amherst in the Department of Environmental Conservation where I am Associate Professor of Environmental Decision-Making. I currently serve as Coordinator for the ECO graduate concentration in Environmental Policy and Human Dimensions. I am a Fellow with the FrameWorks Institute and serve as an author on the 5th National Climate Assessment’s Human Social Systems chapter. From 2018-2021 I served as Co-Director of the UMass Public Engagement Project. and in 2019-2020 I was the President of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology (APA Division 34).