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. 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 & Affiliates

Ingrid Tsang is a senior at Harvey Mudd College from Hong Kong. She is majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Psychology and Environmental Analysis. She is interested in how computer science can be applied to the fields of social psychology and environmental sustainability, and applying behavioral techniques to make an impact in the real world.
Brooke Sparks is a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, majoring in cognitive science and minoring in linguistics and Africana studies and previously interned at Stanford’s Center for the Study of Language and Information. She is interested in research that can inform our understanding of social issues, such as racial discrimination and climate change, as well as reveal how culture can shape social cognition and behavior, especially through language.
Zane Chung-Mehdi is a SCI Lab alum and a research fellow at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He previously worked as a research assistant at Stanford SPARQ. He is interested in the influence of social and moral norms, and psychological processes that lead people to endorse erroneous or improbable beliefs, as well as interventions to address social issues like climate change and racial injustice. In collaboration with the SCI Lab,  he is exploring whether media depictions of environmental racism can paradoxically exacerbate racial biases.
Corinne Tsai is a SCI Lab alum and recently completed her MPhil at the University of Cambridge. As an intern at the Environmental Defense Fund, she worked on environmental justice initiatives in Oakland and developed a resource guide on environmental justice now used organization-wide at the EDF. Her current collaborations with the SCI Lab explore psychological foundations of climate justice and coalition-building, as well as how people perceive and respond to race- vs. class-based environmental disparities.
Maggie McBride is a junior at Pomona majoring in psychological science. She is from Portland, Oregon. She is interested in climate justice and is currently researching the effects of race and class-based equity framing on climate policy support with lab alum Corinne Tsai and SCI lab member Camile Bernard.
Camile Bernard is a sophomore at Pomona College from New York City. She plans to major in psychology and minor in history. She is interested in using history and social psychology to understand major global issues like climate change in order to make a positive societal impact.
Anandita Sabherwal is a SCI Lab alum and doctoral student at the Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics. Her work explores collective action interventions for societal problems, like climate change and gender discrimination. Her recent collaboration with the SCI lab explores social psychological effects of exposure to public outrage about climate change.
Matt Ballew Headshot Matt Ballew, Ph.D., is a SCI Lab alum and assistant professor at Chapman University and a research associate 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. Recent collaborations with the SCI Lab examine how race and social class impact partisan divides on climate change.

Friends of the lab and recent collaborators:

  • Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell
  • Neil Lewis, Cornell
  • Rainer Romero-Cañyas, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Mario Bravo, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Matt Ballew, Chapman University
  • Jack Dovidio, Yale
  • Samuel Gaertner, U Delaware
  • Tessa West, NYU
  • Leaf Van Boven, U Colorado
  • Susan Clayton, College of Wooster
  • Sander van der Linden, Cambridge
  • Gregg Sparkman, Princeton
  • Michael Kukenberger, UNH School of Management
  • Luis Hestres, FrameWorks Institute
  • Lupe Bacio, Pomona College
  • Jason Siegel, Claremont Graduate University
  • Bill Crano, Claremont Graduate University