Beth Mishon Karlin


Degree Program: 

Ph.D. in Social Ecology




Dr. Daniel Stokols, Chancellor's Professor, Psychology and Social Behavior, Planning, Policy & Design

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Office: SEI 261


Beth Karlin is the Founder and Director of the Transformational Media Lab within the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) as well as a Ph.D. candidate in Social Ecology at UC Irvine. Her research focuses on the role of media and technology in social and environmental change. Current projects investigate the design and use of technology-enabled feedback, public acceptance of new technology, audience engagement in documentary film, and media-based social activism.

Beth has published her work in venues ranging from Peace Studies to Persuasive Technology and lectures regularly on Transformational Media and the Psychology of Sustainability. She is also active in Division 34 of the American Psychological Association (Environmental Psychology), currently serving as both Treasurer and Program Chair for the 2014 APA Convention.

Before coming to UCI, Beth spent over 10 years working in K-12 education, holding positions as a teacher, counselor, program director, curriculum consultant, and school administrator. She believes that the role of a researcher is not only to better understand the world but also to improve it and hopes that her work is able to serve both purposes.





Karlin, B., Penzenstadler, B., & Cook, A. (2014). Pumping up the Citizen Muscle Bootcamp: Improving user experience in online learning. Proceedings of the 2014 Human Computer Interaction (HCII) Conference. Crete, Greece: ACM (In Press).

Karlin, B., Davis, N., Sanguinetti, A., Gamble, K., Kirkby, D., & Stokols, D. (2014). Dimensions of conservation: Exploring differences among energy behaviorsEnvironment and Behavior, 46(4) 423–452. DOI: 10.1177/0013916512467532. 

Karlin. B. (2014). Attitudes and behaviors. in Debra Rowe, ed. Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, Detroit: Macmillan, pp. 40-44. 

Karlin. B. (2013). Technology and Psychology - Natural enemies or just plain natural? Ecopsychology. 5(4), 217-218. 

Karlin, B., Ford, R. & Squiers, C. Energy Feedback Technology: A Review and Taxonomy of Products and Platforms. Energy Efficiency. DOI: 10.1177/0013916512467532. 

Ford, R. & Karlin, B. (2013). Graphical Displays in Energy Feedback Technology: A Cognitive Approach. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Human Computer Interaction (HCII) Conference. Las Vegas, NV: ACM.

Karlin, B.  & Ford, R. (2013). The Usability Perception Scale (UPscale): A measure for evaluating feedback displays. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Human Computer Interaction (HCII) Conference. Las Vegas, NV: ACM.

Karlin, B., Davis, N., & Matthew, R. (2013). GRASP: Testing an Integrated Approach to Sustainability EducationJournal of Sustainability Education, Spring 2013: Experiential Education, Part One. 

Karlin, B. (2013). Film to School (FtS) Programs: Active Engagement for Filmmakers in Education. Proceedings of ISA ’13: International Studies Association: San Francisco, CA: ISAnet.

Karlin, B. & Matthew, R. (2012). Kony 2012 and the Mediatization of Child Soldiers. Peace Review, 24(3), 255-261.

Karlin, B. (2012). Educating, Empowering & Engaging Through Film-Based Activism: A Survey of Invisible Children Participation and Impacts. UC Irvine: Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. 

Karlin, B. (2012). The Social, the Media, and the Activism: Kony Meets World. Opinio Juris.

Karlin, B. (2012).  Public Acceptance of Smart Meters: Integrating Psychology and Practice. Proceedings of the 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA: ACEEE.

Karlin, B. (2012). Power through Participation: Impacts of Youth Involvement in Invisible ChildrenProceedings of ISA ’12: International Studies Association: San Diego, CA: ISAnet. 

Karlin, B. & Johnson, J.S. (2011). Measuring impact: The importance of evaluation for documentary film campaigns. M/C Journal 14(6).

Karlin, B. (2011). Tracking and learning: Exploring dual functions of residential energy feedback. In Proceedings, 6th Annual International Conference on Persuasive Technology. Columbus, OH: ACM.

Karlin, B., Zinger, J. Residential energy feedback: A meta-analysis and methodological review. Under review.