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 Harvey Mudd College senior 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. Her current work uses natural language processing to track the growth of climate and sustainability research within the social and behavioral sciences.
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 (Pomona ’20) is a research fellow at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. 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. His collaborative work with the SCI Lab is exploring whether media depictions of environmental racism can paradoxically exacerbate racial biases.
Corinne Tsai (Pomona ’20) recently completed her MPhil at the University of Cambridge. She previously worked on environmental justice initiatives with several NGOs and developed the Environmental Defense Fund’s environmental justice resource guide, used organization-wide. Current collaborations with the SCI Lab explore psychological foundations of climate justice and coalition-building, as well as how equity and identity-based messaging influences public support for climate policies.
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 effects of climate inequality framing, including race and class-based messaging, on public support for climate policy, as well as factors that shape perceptions of climate vulnerability among advantaged and disadvantaged groups within the US.
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, CU Boulder
  • Susan Clayton, College of Wooster
  • Sander van der Linden, Cambridge
  • Gregg Sparkman, Princeton
  • Michael Kukenberger, UNH School of Management
  • Lupe Bacio, Pomona College
  • Jason Siegel, Claremont Graduate University
  • Bill Crano, Claremont Graduate University