RESEARCH

My research interests combine perspectives from social, environmental, and positive psychology. I am broadly interested in the interrelation between human behavior, the environment (i.e., nature, social environment), and human wellness. My research interests include the following:

    • The Social Psychology of Conservation: (A) How others affect our beliefs, feelings, and behavior related to the natural environment (e.g., social norms and energy efficiency), and (B) how can interventions capitalize on social psychological processes and contexts to promote caring for the environment and collective action (e.g., consumer behavior, contacting government officials).
    • Climate Change Attitudes and Behavior: Understanding climate change public opinion and what most strongly predicts engagement to inform interventions and communications to facilitate attitude and behavior change.
    • Climate Change Communication: How to best frame and (positively) communicate climate issues to more effectively foster concern, positive attitudes, and behavior change, such as investing in clean energy or energy efficient products.
    • Experiences with Nature: The positive psychological benefits people can receive from experiences with the natural world (e.g., hiking, gardening), and how connections with nature drive positive social action, such as prosocial behavior and community engagement.

PUBLICATIONS

Ballew, M., Marlon, J., Maibach, E., Gustafson, A., Goldberg, M., & Leiserowitz, T. (2018). Americans are more worried about global warming, and show signs of losing hope. Yale University, New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Visit here.

Ballew, M. T., Goldberg, M. H., Rosenthal, S. A., Cutler, M. J., & Leiserowitz (under review, Frontiers in Communication). Climate change activism among Latino and White Americans.

Bruni, C. M., Ballew, M. T., Winter, P. L., & Omoto, A. M. (in press). Natural history museums may enhance youth’s implicit connectedness with nature. Ecopsychology.

Pearson, A. R., & Ballew, M. T. (in press). Conservation and the environment. In. M. A. Hogg (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Pearson, A. R., Schuldt, J. P., Romero-Canyas, R., Ballew, M. T., & Larson-Konar, D. (under review). Diverse segments of the US public underestimate the environmental concerns of minority and low-income Americans.

Ballew, M. T., & Crohn, K. (2018). Understanding emotions and behavior: Implications for evaluation design. AEA365: A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators. Visit here.

Ballew, M. T., & Omoto, A. M. (2018). Absorption: How nature experiences promote awe and other positive emotions. Ecopsychology, 10, 26-35. doi: 10.1089/eco.2017.0044

Davydova, J., Pearson, A. R., Ballew, M. T., & Schuldt, J. P. (2018). Illuminating the link between perceived threat and control over climate change: The role of attributions for causation and mitigation. Climatic Change, 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s10584-018-2181-7

Omoto, A. M., Packard, C. D., & Ballew, M. T. (2018). Personality and volunteerism. In B. J. Carducci, J. S. Mio, & R. E. Riggio (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. IV. Clinical, applied, and cross-cultural research.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Pearson, A. R., Ballew, M. T., Naiman, S., & Schuldt, J. P. (2017). Race, class, and gender and climate change communication. In M. C. Nisbet & E. Markowitz (Eds.), The Oxford encyclopedia of climate change communication. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.412

Ballew, M. T., Omoto, A. M., & Winter, P. L. (2015). Using Web 2.0 and social media technologies to foster proenvironmental action. Sustainability, 7, 10620-10648. doi: 10.3390/su70810620

PRESENTATIONS & PANELS

Davydova, J., Pearson, A. R., Ballew, M. T., Schuldt, J. P. (2018, March). Illuminating the link between perceived threat and control over climate change: The role of attributions for causation and mitigation. Sustainability Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Atlanta, Georgia.

Winter, P. L., Ballew, M. T., Dear, S., Omoto, A. M., & Bruni, C. M. (2017, August). Does a visit to a natural history museum enhance youths’ connectedness with nature? Poster presentation at the 125th convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Ballew, M. T., & Omoto, A. M. (2015, June). Experiences with nature, interconnectedness, and prosociality. Invited oral presentation at Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, Claremont, California.

Ballew, M. T., Bruni, C. M., & Crawford, M. (2015, April). Using Web 2.0 and social media technologies to foster proenvironmental action. In P. L. Winter (Chair), Intersections between Environmental Engagement, Technologies, and Connections to Nature. Symposium conducted at the Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ballew, M. T., & Omoto, A. M., (2014, July). Purpose in life mediates the relationship between volunteering and positive aging. Oral presentation at the European Conference on Positive Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Ballew, M. T., & Omoto, A. M. (2014, June). Pathways to positive aging: Volunteerism and purpose in life. Oral presentation at the Biennial SPSSI Conference, Portland, Oregon.

Ballew, M. T. (2014, September). Long-term planning: What you need to do when to graduate on time. Invited Psi Chi panelist at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.