Beth Mishon Karlin

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Degree Program: 

Ph.D. in Social Ecology

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2008-2009

Advisor: 

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.

 

VIDEO RESOURCES

 

PUBLICATIONS

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. (2014). Attitudes and behaviors. in Debra Rowe, ed. Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices. Detroit: Macmillan. 

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., Davis, N., Sanguinetti, A., Gamble, K., Kirkby, D., & Stokols, D. (2012). Dimensions of conservation: Exploring differences among energy behaviorsEnvironment and Behavior. Published online 13 December 2012. DOI: 10.1177/0013916512467532. 

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.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS                                                                                                 

UC Irvine Social Ecology Alumni Fellowship, 2013

UC Irvine Dean's Award for Community Engagement, 2013

UC Irvine/Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship, 2013

American Psychological Association Division 34, Graduate Student Paper Award, 2012

American Psychological Association Division 34, Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service, 2012

UC Irvine, Martha Newkirk Award for Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student, 2012

Linda Latham Scholarship, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), 2012

American Psychological Association (APA) Student Travel Award, 2012

Newkirk Center for Science and Society Fellowship: Honorable Mention, 2011

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Student Fellow, 2010, 2011, 2012

UC Irvine Outstanding Mentor Award, 2009, 2011, 2012

Don Owens Fellowship, Urban Water Research Center, 2010

Environment Institute Interdisciplinary Research Grant, 2010

Phi Kappa Phi (all-discipline honors society), 2007

UC Irvine Outstanding Educator Commendation, 2001

University of Redlands Global Impact Award, 1999

University of Redlands Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999

Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Program, 1996-1999

Presidential Achievement Award, 1994

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

The Art and Science of Film and Behavior Change: An Emerging AgendaEnvironmental Activism in the Digital Age: Saving the World in Bits and Bytes, NYU Polytechnic, April 2014Garrison Institute Climate, Mind, and Behavior Symposium, June 2013

The Psychology of Sustainability.   California State University Fullerton Sustainability Symposium, April 2014Center for Unconventional Security (CUSA) Affairs Sustainable Seminar Series. Irvine, CA, February 2010, 2012The Newkirk Center Summer Seminar Series: Empowering Sustainability on Earth. Irvine, CA, July 2011

Residential Energy Feedback: Research, Technology and Potential for the Smart HomeU.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 & XPO, Irvine, CA: October 2013 

Storytelling, Engagement & Activism for Change (SEA Change) PanelHollywood Film Festival, Hollywood, CA: October 2013Topanga Film Festival, Topanga, CA, July 2013

Transformational Media: A New Approach to SustainabilityThe Newkirk Center Summer Seminar Series: Empowering Sustainability on Earth. Irvine, CA, July 2013Victoria University of Wellington Psychology Department, April 2013Universtiy of Otago Center for Science Communication, March 2013

What’s Behavior Got to Do with IT? Four Ways Understanding People Can Improve TechnologyEmerging Technology Summit, Behavioral Session, October 2012

Public Acceptance of Smart Meters: Integrating Psychology and PracticeChartwell Webinar: Don’t Call it a Smart Meter, October 2012

Technology to the rescue? The potential and pitfalls of feedback in residential energy conservation. Energy, Security and Stability: A Conference at Pennsylvania State University, October, 2012University of California Irvine Social Ecology Colloquium, Irvine, CA, May 2012Pennsylvania State University Social Psychology Prosem. State College, PA, September 2011

Designing "Meaningful" Information and Devices for CustomersElectric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Workshop: Consumer Behavior in Three Acts, September 2012

Better Living Through MediatizationCenter for Unconventional Security (CUSA) Affairs Sustainable Seminar Series. Irvine, CA, April 2012.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Graphical Displays in Energy Feedback Technology: A Cognitive Approach.2013 Behavior Energy Climate Change (BECC) Conference. Talk, Sacramento, CA: November 2013.   

Can data save the planet? Using technology enabled-feedback to promote energy conservation. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference, San Diego, CA, Talk, October 2013. 

From Climate Science to Climate Impacts: Exploring the Role of Film As Boundary Object.121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Talk, Honolulu, HI, August 2013.

Technology to the Rescue? The Potential and Pitfalls of Feedback in Energy Conservation.121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Session Chair, Honolulu, HI, August 2013.

The Usability Perception Scale (UPscale): A measure for evaluating feedback displays.2013 Human Computer Interaction (HCII) Conference. Talk, Las Vegas, NV, July 2013.

The Art and Science of Film and Behavior Change: An Emerging Agenda. Third World Congress on Positive Psychology, Poster, Los Angeles, CA, June 2013.

Affect to Action: The Use of Framing in Documentary FilmsBehavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Talk, Sacramento, CA, November 2012.

Public Acceptance of Smart Meters: Integrating Psychology and Practice.ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Talk, Pacific Grove, CA, August 2012.

Defining Devices: A Revised Typology of Residential Energy Feedback.ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Poster, Pacific Grove, CA, August 2012.

Diffusion of Feedback: Perceptions and Adoption of Devices in the Residential Market.120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Talk, Orlando, FL, August 2012.

The Social, the Media, and the Psychology: Kony Meets World.120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Poster, Orlando, FL, August 2012.

Residential Energy Feedback: Naturalistic Users and Their Experiences.Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting, Talk, Santa Clara, CA, June 2012. 

Power through Participation: Impacts of Youth Involvement in Invisible Children.International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Talk, San Diego, CA, April, 2012.

Communicating Climate Behaviors – Framing and False Dichotomies.Garrison Institute Climate, Mind, and Behavior Symposium, Talk, February 2012.

Are we barking up the wrong tree? Exploring difference among energy behaviorsBehavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Talk, Washington, D.C., CA, December 2011.

Residential energy feedback: A Meta-analysis and methodological review. Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Poster, Washington D.C., December 2011.

Technology to the rescue? Potential and pitfalls of feedback in residential energy conservation.9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Talk, Eindhoven, Netherlands, September 2011.

Energy research for the smart home: The uci@home project.119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Talk, Washington DC, August 2011.

Film and social change – Psychological insights for leveraging impact.119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Talk, Washington DC, August 2011.

Confronting complexity in energy conservation: Differences between exposure, actions, and impacts. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting, Talk, Burlington, VT, June 2011. 

Tracking and learning: Exploring dual functions of residential energy feedback.Sixth International Conference on Persuasive Technology, Talk, Columbus, OH, June 2011.

Dimensions of Conservation. Exploring differences among energy behaviors and their implications for intervention.XVIIIth International Conference of the Society of Human Ecology (SHE), Talk, Las Vegas, NV, April 2011.

Energy Feedback Devices: Early Adopters & Their Experiences.Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, Talk, Sacramento, CA, November 2010.

Breaking down energy conservation.Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting, Talk, Portland, OR, June 2010.  

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Journal Reviewer

·       Environment and Behavior, 2013

·       European Journal of Social Psychology, 2013

·       Social Problems, 2013

·       Journal of Sustainability Education, 2013

·       Energy Efficiency Journal, 2012, 2013

·       Ecopsychology Journal, 2012

·       Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2011, 2012, 2013

 

Conference Organization

·       Division 34 Program Chair, American Psychological Association Convention, 2014

·       Steering Committee, Garrison Institute Climate, Mind, and Behavior Symposium, 2013

·       Organizing Committee, Behavior Energy Climate Change (BECC) Conference, 2012, 2013

·       Program Committee, SPSP Sustainable Psychology Pre-Conference, 2012, 2014

·       Session Chair, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting 2011, 2012

·       Organizing Committee, UCI Visions of Social Ecology Symposium, 2008

 

Professional Service

·       Treasurer, Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology, 2013-2016

·       Chair, Task Force on Social Media, Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology, 2012

·       Membership Chair, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 34 (Environmental Psychology), 2010 – 2012

 

Campus Service

·       Member, Task Force on Sustainability Education, Student Advisory Council, 2013

·       Member, UCI Community Outreach Partnership Center, Engaged Scholars Research Group, 2009 - 2011

·       Member, UCI Focused Research Group on International Environmental Cooperation (FRGinIEC), 2009-2010

·       Steering Committee, UCI Social Ecology Core Program, 2008 – 2010

 

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE                                                                                    

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine

Environmental Psychology

Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Design

Nuclear Environments

Social Ecology of Peace

Principles of Public Health

Research Design

Graduate Seminar in Social Ecology

Strategies of Theory Development

Sustainability I & II

Guest Lecturer, University of California, Irvine

Environmental Psychology, Dimensions of Energy Conservation

Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Design, Global Issues in Sustainability

Nuclear Environments, What Leads to Collapse?

Honors Research, Career Options in Psychology

Sustainability I, Psychological Dimensions of Sustainability