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 identity processes, biases, and intergroup dynamics impact collective action and decision making. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychology, and is currently Associate Editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. His work has been cited in legal cases and in policy initiatives and has appeared in media outlets such as TIME, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, and The Atlantic.

Lab Members

Jason Lu is a first-year at Pomona College from Camarillo, California. He is interested in psychology and neuroscience. In addition to researching social cognition and climate change, he is a competitive swimmer on the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive Team.


Talia Ivry is a sophomore psychology major and religious studies and french minor from Madison, Wisconsin. She is interested in clinical psychology and the practical implications of social psychology, especially as it relates to religious practice.


Vivianna Plancarte is a sophomore at Pomona College who joined the SCI lab spring 2019. She appreciates its cross-disciplinary nature, which bridges her two areas of formal study—psychology and environmental analysis.



Hannah Dorris is a junior neuroscience major and math minor at Pomona from Boulder, CO.  She is interested in the neuroscience behind confidence and the development of sense of self, as well as the psychology of climate change.


Anandita Sabherwal is a senior at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and joined the SCI Lab as an exchange student at Pomona. Her work in the SCI lab has inspired her interest in normative interventions to motivate collective action on pertinent issues such as climate change, and gender-based discrimination in diverse communities. Through her research, she hopes to investigate these issues in communities that are  historically under-represented in social psychology.

Matthew Ballew is a doctoral candidate in the 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 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, New York
  • Mario Bravo, Environmental Defense Fund, San Antonio
  • Neil Lewis, Cornell
  • Sander van der Linden, Cambridge
  • Matthew Ballew, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Jack Dovidio, Yale
  • Sam Gaertner, U Delaware
  • Tessa West, NYU
  • Leaf Van Boven, U Colorado
  • Gregg Sparkman, Stanford
  • Michael Kukenberger, UNH School of Management
  • Luis Hestres, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Jason Siegel, Claremont Graduate University
  • Bill Crano, Claremont Graduate University