Recall-Faculty and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
(949) 824-5294
260 SEI-PPD / 4556 SBS-PSB



Environmental Psychology, Science of Team Science, Transdisciplinary Public Health

Curriculum Vitae: 

My research focuses on the study of people’s transactions with their socio-physical environments—especially as they impact both personal and public health. Some of my writings and research emphasize transdisciplinary action research--scientific research that translates theoretical and empirical knowledge into evidence-based strategies for reducing contemporary environmental and social problems, and improving the healthfulness of human environments. My publications, classroom teaching, and graduate mentorship at UC Irvine have encompassed the fields of social ecology, environmental psychology, urban planning, epidemiology, and public health. Much of my current research is in the science of team science (SciTS) field and addresses contextual factors that influence the collaborative success of transdisciplinary research and training programs.  This topic is highly relevant to the development of effective transdisciplinary, team-based initiatives for promoting sustainable lifestyles and healthy communities.  Other research foci include the health and behavioral impacts of environmental stressors such as traffic congestion, crowding, and information overload; applications of environmental design research to urban planning and facilities design; and the environmental psychology of the Internet, especially the ways that qualities of virtual life affect people's behavior and well-being.

In addition to my research and teaching roles, I served as Director of the Social Ecology Program in 1988-92 and as Founding Dean of the School of Social Ecology at UCI from 1992-98. My faculty appointments in Social Ecology are in the Departments of Planning, Policy, and Design and Psychology and Social Behavior.  I also have courtesy appointments in the Program in Public Health, the Department of Epidemiology, the Program in Nursing Science, and am a member of UCI's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. I co-authored Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress and co-edited the Handbook of Environmental Psychology; Environmental Simulation; and Promoting Human Wellness.  Academic honors include the Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association, UCI’s Lauds & Laurels Faculty Achievement Award, the Newman-Proshansky Career Award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology, and the Science of Team Science Career Recognition Award.  I served as scientific consultant to the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and as a member of NCI’s SciTS team between 2005-2011.  I am currently a team science consultant for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) and co-author of the National Academy of Sciences' report (2015) on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science.

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