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

Chloe Lambrinidou is a psychology major and politics minor at Pomona College from Athens, Greece. She previously interned at the clinical psychology lab at Harvard University. She is interested in the application of behavioral research insights that have real-world impact.
Christie Lee is a senior psychology major from Laguna Hills, CA and the lab coordinator. 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.
Zane Chung-Mehdi is a senior psychological science major and philosophy minor from Kildeer, Illinois, and previously worked as a research assistant in the Moral Emotions and Trust Lab at CMC and at Stanford SPARQ. He is interested in the influence of social and moral norms on behavior, and the psychological processes that lead people to misinterpret evidence and endorse erroneous or improbable beliefs. He is also interested in developing evidence-based interventions to facilitate productive discourse and collective action on social issues like climate change and racial justice.
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 in Oakland and authored a resource guide on the Environmental Justice Movement that was disseminated across all U.S. EDF offices. Her work in the SCI Lab explores social psychological foundations of environmental justice, and collective action and coalition-building among Latinx youth.
Hannah Dorris Hannah Dorris is a senior neuroscience major and math minor at Pomona from Boulder, CO.  She is interested in the neuroscience of decision making, as well as the psychology of climate change. In the SCI Lab, Hannah is developing an open-access tool to track trends in psychological research on climate change and other applied topics in conference proceedings for an evolving snapshot of the “state of the science.”
Anandita Sabherwal is a SCI Lab alum and is currently pursuing an M.Phil at Cambridge. Her work explores collective action interventions for societal problems, like climate change and gender discrimination. Her recent collaboration with the SCI lab explores 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