October 09, 2021

Conference on Climate Change Solutions to be organized by David Sherman, Leaf Van Boven and Sarah Anderson.

September 01, 2021

A forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Social Issues has been published online: Self-affirmation Theory in Educational Contexts: Exploring whether, when, why and how self-affirmation interventions are effective at reducing educational inequalities. The special issue was co-edited by Prof. Peter Harris (Sussex), Prof Matthew Easterbrook, and Professor David Sherman. The special issue was created after a meeting sponsored by the European Association of Social Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. The meeting, held at University of Sussex, UK in June 2019 entitled, “Self-affirmation in Education: Why, when, and how are self-affirmation interventions effective at reducing educational inequalities?” formed the basis for this special issue. The introductory article can be read here:

Easterbrook, M. J., Harris, P. R., & Sherman, D. K. (2021). Self-affirmation theory in educational contexts. Journal of Social Issues.

May 24, 2021

Huge congratulations to Luiza Rosa, a 2021 graduate of UCSB, for winning the prestigious Morgan Award for Academic Excellence in Psychological & Brain Sciences for outstanding scholarship. Luiza’s honors thesis is on “Depression and the Divine: Religious Fate Ascriptions and Depression Risk” (with honors advisor Dr. Fridlund) and she has been working in the Sherman Lab with PhD Student Suyi Leong on examining the role of family sacrifice across different social class contexts.

March 23, 2021

Congratulations to social psychology graduate student Connor Gibbs, who is the recipient of a National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Connor is one of 2,074 award winners in 2021, who received a three-year fellowship to pursue his research. Connor, who earned his B.A. with Honors in Psychology at Westmont College, is a second year PhD student in the social psychology area, working with advisor David Sherman. He describes his research interests: “My research broadly addresses how we respond to various forms of threat and interventions to mitigate the negative effects of those threats. The program of research I will be developing as part of my NSF work includes investigating methods to improve military veterans' transitions to civilian life and employment.”

January 27, 2021

Jim Logan from UCSB's The Current reports on David Sherman's recent Perspectives on Psychological Science publication, "The Challenges of Military Veterans in Their Transition to the Workplace: A Call for Integrating Basic and Applied Science."

August 20, 2020

PhD Student Suyi Leong, along with Dr. Mary Hegarty, Dr. Holly Carpenter, and PhD Candidate Camille Endacott, joined CSUCI Presents in a discussion about UCSB Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 & Its Impacts (MRCI) Grant. In this episode, they discussed what MRCI is, how it came about, and the graduate students’ respective projects.


Click here to listen to the episode.

July 13, 2020

We are thrilled to congratulate our lab member Lauren Ortosky on the Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring Award, ​honoring graduate students who have distinguished themselves in the area of undergraduate research supervision. 

Suyi Leong
June 25, 2020

Congratulations to PhD student Suyi Leong, currently a first-year graduate student, on receiving the Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 and Its Impacts (MRCI) Summer Minigrant. Her project focuses on examining cultural ideologies that affect support for pragmatic policies such as digital contact tracing and mask wearing in the current pandemic. She will receive a $2,000 stipend for this project, and an additional $500 for research funds.

April 20, 2020

Professor David Sherman launches interview series about Health Psychology and COVID-19.


March 23, 2020

In this interview with "The Current", Dr. David Sherman and Dr. Heejung Kim discuss their research on xenophobic reactions to disease outbreaks and consider society’s response to COVID-19.

December 01, 2019

Psychological Science’s Contribution to a Sustainable Future: 

Eom, Papadakis, Sherman, & Kim (2019) paper featured in Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

July 18, 2019

Huge congratulations to Alicia Hernandez, a 2019 graduate of UCSB, for winning the prestigious Morgan Award for Research Promise in Psychological and Brain Sciences for her Honors Thesis titled, “Confirmation bias and political polarization: The effects of attitude-consistency and reliability on trust and memory for apolitical news stories.”

May 21, 2019

Congratulations to Emily La, a junior Psychological & Brain Sciences and Environmental Studies double major, who was chosen as the second-place winner of the Library Award for Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences category. She will receive a $500 award for her paper: "Understanding Psychological Buffers to Health Adversities Within Sustainable Communities.” Emily is a research assistant in the Sherman Lab working with Professor David Sherman and PhD student Michelle Shteyn on sustainability.

January 09, 2019

Does Awareness Of Environmental Problems Guarantee Environmental Actions? Maybe More For Those Privileged

January 09, 2019

Actually, Republicans Do Believe in Climate Change

By Leaf Van Boven and David Sherman

Montecito Asked to Participate in Disaster Survey
October 08, 2018

The next disaster is on many minds as winter approaches, bringing with it the promise, or threat, of more rain. To both better prepare and also understand the Montecito debris flow preparations, everyone living in the 93108 is being asked to fill out a survey designed by UCSB scientists to understand public reaction to emergencies. Physical scientists are teaming up with social scientists at the school — or the Montecito debris flow research team — to mail postcards that ask recipients to go online to fill out the survey. Survey responses will help add clarity to the information scientist already have on this disaster and will aid in preparations for future emergencies.

July 18, 2018

Lauren Ortosky was accepted to a competitive program based at the IDC Herzliya outside of Tel Aviv, Israel for an intensive two-week study of negotiation and conflict resolution. The institute is led every year by Columbia Business School Professor Adam Galinsky and NYU Social Psychology Professor Yaacov Trope. While in Israel, Lauren held multiple in depth meetings on potential research collaborations with Professor Eran Halperin of IDC. After giving her final presentation at the institute, she spent about 10 days traveling solo through small towns in the Galilee, Jerusalem, and hiking the deserts in the south of the country. It was a tremendously enriching experience academically, culturally, politically, and socially!

 Kimin Eom and Phillip Ehret Awarded McClintock Award
June 07, 2018

Social Psychology doctoral students Kimin Eom and Phillip Ehret were both awarded the 2018 Charles McClintock Award. The McClintock Award is given to a senior graduate student for excellence in scholarship, education, and service.

April 09, 2018


Phil Ehret, 6th year PhD student in social psychology, has won APA Division 34's (Population and conservation psychology) Graduate Student Award for the best graduate student led paper.

April 04, 2018

Congratulations to social psychology graduate student Lauren Ortosky, who is the recipient of a National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Lauren is one of 2000 award winners in 2018, who received a three-year fellowship to pursue her research.

August 23, 2017

"Beyond the Bystander Effect" by Cameron Brick, featured in Psychology Today

Sherman lab alumn Cameron Brick discusses Brick, Sherman, & Kim, 2017 paper on identity and pro-environmental behavior. 

Photo of Phil Ehret
July 13, 2017

For his excellence in and contributions to undergraduate research supervision and for encouraging others to become involved in these research efforts. 

Photo of Michelle Shteyn
June 15, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Michelle to the lab as a new PhD student beginning Summer 2017.

June 11, 2017

Provides funding for continued graduate research at UCSB. 

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April 10, 2017

"The Psychology of Environmentalism (How culture motivates eco-friendly behaviors)" by Jim Logan 

See the link below for a full-text of our paper and a feature of our lab's work in the campus newsletter


Photo of Lauren Ortosky and David Sherman
January 22, 2017

The Graduate Student Poster Awards recognize graduate poster presentations characterized by excellence in research, clarity in presentation, and personal knowledge in a discussion with the judges at the annual convention.

Virus Stock Photo
May 20, 2016

"Viral Fear" by Jim Logan

See the link below for a full-text of our paper and a feature of our lab's work in the campus newsletter