Principal Investigator

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David Sherman and his lab conduct research dedicated to advancing our understanding of how people cope with threatening events and information, and to developing psychologically-grounded interventions for pervasive social issues.

Graduate Students

Connor Gibbs

Connor Gibbs researches how we respond to various forms of transition (including leaving military service, entering a new profession, and changes in structure/control).

Jungbin's research interests broadly concern the influence of social narratives and norms in the formation of self-defensive attitudes in contentious social issues. His research will focus on exploring interventions aimed at mitigating defensiveness to motivate individuals to be more open to information that may challenge their initial opinions.

Devlin O'Keefe is interested in behavioral responses to the impacts of climate change and personal health risks, specifically focusing on designing social interventions to increase protective behaviors. As a 2035 Initiative Fellow, Devlin will help to design effective campaigns to promote policy and increase climate protective behaviors.


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Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology 

Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010 - 2014

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Assistant Professor, Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015


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Lab Manager, STEPP Lab, Boston University College of Health

M.A., University of California Santa Barbara

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Research Scientist, Sea Change Institute

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2018

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Assistant Professor, Singapore Management University

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2018

Michelle Shteyn Handy

In her psychological research at UCSB, Michelle studied the ways that experiencing extreme weather influences people's climate change beliefs, policy support, and behavior, using a variety of methods including analyzing search patterns on Google Trends, conducting a survey with a large online sample selected to be representative of the U.S. population, conducting a field experiment in Montecito, California after the debris flows occurred, and conducting a field experiment with citizen climate lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

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Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSF School of Medicine 

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015

Suyi Leong

Suyi is primarily interested in examining the influence of culture on addressing collective action problems (CAPs), such as public health and climate change crises. Specifically, her dissertation research maintained that collectivism would facilitate the process of addressing CAPS, as more collectivistic individuals tend to be more other-oriented, susceptible to the influences of social norms, and place greater trust in authorities.

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Maître de conférences en psychologie sociale,  Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne / Laboratoire Cognition, Santé, Socialisation

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011-2013