Principal Investigator

Adam Pearson, Ph.D., [CV] is an associate professor of psychology at Pomona College and a member of the graduate faculty in the School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. He received a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University, and M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. His research explores how group processes impact collective action and decision making. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and Associate Editor at Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. His work has appeared in outlets such as TIME, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, and The Atlantic.

Lab Members

Chloe Lambrinidou is a psychology major and politics minor at Pomona College from Athens, Greece. She is also a member of the MIND lab at Pomona and has previously interned at the clinical psychology lab at Harvard University. She is invested in applying behavioral research insights to have a real world impact.
Christie Lee is a senior psychology major from Laguna Hills, CA. After taking social psychology, she became interested in the concept of social invisibility, and what causes certain groups to be overlooked. In the SCI Lab, she is excited to advocate for those who are invisible in the environmental sphere. Christie enjoys soccer and loves to bake when she gets the chance.
Vivianna Plancarte is a junior at Pomona College who joined the SCI lab spring 2019. She appreciates its cross-disciplinary focus, which bridges her two major areas of interest, psychology and environmental analysis.
Corinne Tsai is a senior psychology major at Pomona College from Napa, California, and previously interned at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked on environmental justice initiatives. As a member of SCI Lab, she plans to explore the environmental attitudes and perceptions of low-income Latinx youth in Los Angeles.
Hannah Dorris Hannah Dorris is a junior neuroscience major and math minor at Pomona from Boulder, CO.  She is interested in the neuroscience of confidence and the development of a sense of self, as well as the psychology of climate change.
Anandita Sabherwal joined the SCI Lab as an exchange student from Yale-NUS and is currently pursuing her MPhil at Cambridge. Her work explores collective action interventions for societal problems, like climate change and gender discrimination. Her recent collaboration with the SCI lab focuses on the motivating effects of emotion consensus information, such as information conveying growing public outrage about climate inaction.
Matt Ballew Headshot Matt Ballew, Ph.D., is an alum of the SCI Lab and currently a postdoc at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Matt’s research interests center around understanding people’s connection to groups, communities, and the natural world. His recent collaborations with the SCI Lab examine how race, ethnicity, and social class impact partisan divides on climate change.

Friends of the lab and recent collaborators:

  • Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell
  • Neil Lewis, Cornell
  • Rainer Romero-Cayñas, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Mario Bravo, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Matt Ballew, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Jack Dovidio, Yale
  • Tessa West, NYU
  • Leaf Van Boven, U Colorado
  • Sander van der Linden, Cambridge
  • Gregg Sparkman, Princeton
  • Michael Kukenberger, UNH School of Management
  • Luis Hestres, Department of Energy
  • Jason Siegel, Claremont Graduate University
  • Bill Crano, Claremont Graduate University