Principal Investigator

Adam Pearson, Ph.D.(CV) is an assistant professor of psychology at Pomona College and member of the graduate faculty in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. He received his PhD in Psychology from Yale University. His research explores how people navigate diversity, with a particular interest in understanding how nonconscious processes impact intergroup perception, and how group memberships influence how people respond to large-scale collective problems like climate change. He teaches social psychology, research methods, introductory psychology, and seminars on social identity and contemporary prejudice. When not pondering the roots of prejudice and intergroup conflict, he can be found enjoying craft beers and hiking with his shepherd mix, Richard Parker.

email: adam.pearson (at)

Lab Members

Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen is the SCI Lab Coordinator and a senior psychology major and philosophy minor from Gainesville, Florida. His interests fall at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, such as questions that relate to dual process frameworks of morality, evolution of religion, and the influence of religious ideas on behavior. His thesis work is examining how people moralize climate change.

CharmaineCharmaine Garzon is a senior from San Francisco. She is double majoring in psychology and sociology, with a minor in Spanish. After graduating, Charmaine will be flexing her social psychology skills at Google within Google People Operations.


Jun ParkJun Park is a senior psychology major from Federal Way, Washington. After graduating, Jun plans to pursue graduate studies in social psychology and organizational behavior. After graduation, he will be joining the Organizational Behavior PhD program at the Yale School of Management.


Matthew Ballew is a 5th-year doctoral student in the applied social psychology program at Claremont Graduate University. Matt’s research interests center around understanding people’s connection to groups, communities, and the natural world. His current research explores how social media can be used to enhance public engagement with environmental issues and the role of positive emotions and message framing in climate change communication. His work in the SCI Lab explores how racial and ethnic diversity influence collective action on climate change and how lay beliefs about diversity influence support for diversity initiatives in organizations.

Friends of the lab and recent collaborators:

  • Jonathon Schuldt (Cornell)
  • Rainer Romero-Cayñas (Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Sander van der Linden (Cambridge)
  • Jack Dovidio (Yale)
  • Tessa West (NYU)
  • Chadly Stern (U Illinois)
  • Nicole Shelton (Princeton)
  • Felicia Pratto (U Connecticut)
  • Michael Kukenberger (UNH School of Management)
  • Jessie Borelli (UC Irvine)
  • Ajay Satpute (Pomona Psychology & Neuroscience)
  • Piercarlo Valdesolo (CMC Psychology)