Hanne M. Watkins Research Studies If Behavior Can Be Changed on Climate Crisis

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One of the more complex problems facing social psychologists today is whether any intervention can move people to change their behavior about climate change and protecting the environment for the sake of future generations. Now researchers Hanne Melgård Watkins at UMass Amherst and Geoffrey Goodwin at the University of Pennsylvania report after their recent experiments that an intergenerational reciprocity approach ­– asking people to reflect on sacrifices made in the past by others for their benefit today – may generate gratitude and a sense of moral obligation to people in the future.

Linda Tropp gives talk for The International Organization for Migration

Linda Tropp st The International Organization for Migration
Linda Tropp gave a talk for The International Organization for Migration in Geneva Switzerland in October 2019
Title - Contact-based interventions: Forging partnerships between academic researchers and non-governmental organizations. Workshop on Promoting Good Relations, Joint Global Initiative on Diversity,Inclusion and Social Cohesion.


Ervin Staub Recipient of the 2019 Kurt Lewin award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Ervin Staub
Ervin Staub is the recipient of the 2019 Kurt Lewin award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. This award is given “for outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action,” with a formal address at the Society’s convention in San Diego in June 2019 and its publication in the Journal of Social Issues. 

Linda Tropp has been awarded a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship for 2019

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Six faculty have been awarded Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowships for 2019, according to John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and Anna Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion.

Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology, is working with associate chancellor Anna Branch in the office of equity and inclusion.