Research

As a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) at the University of Georgia, I research moral learning about environmental sustainability in adults.   Specifically, I research how adults learn to value, perform, and adopt pro-environmental behaviors that help conserve and protect the environment. Examples of everyday pro-environmental behaviors include:  asking restaurant managers for paper cups when offered polystyrene cups, regifting old clothes to friends and family members, recycling electronics, building a compost pile for you and your neighbors, cooking vegan meals, drinking tap water instead of bottled water, and taking public transit. I’m particularly interested in understanding the causal relationships between environmental values and beliefs, social norms, moral emotions (i.e. guilt, shame, and pride), and pro-environmental behaviors.  Through my research, I aim to help design educational interventions that promote more sustainable lifestyles.

My Research Interests

  • Moral Learning in Adults
  • Pro-environmental Behavior Change
  • Experimental Environmental Ethics

Mixed Methods

  • Interviews
  • Surveys and Online Experiments
  • Content Analysis and Natural Language Processing
  • Social Network Analysis