The Environmental Psychology Program at The Graduate Center

Are you motivated by doing research with (and not on) neighborhoods on issues like stop and frisk? Have you ever wondered about how Citi Bikes  change the experience of urban living or why they are located only in lower/mid Manhattan and nearby gentrifying parts of Brooklyn? The Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology community embraces the “messy, fleshy” world of everyday life by taking our research out of the lab and into real-world settings.

Interdisciplinary Study of the Human Environment:

  • Provides a dynamic view of human-environment relations that considers how we shape and are shaped by our surrounding environment, from the intimate to the global
  • Takes a multidimensional, holistic stance on the environment that includes built, natural, and social settings
  • Advocates for the integration of many perspectives in interdisciplinary social scientific study to speak within and across disciplines
  • Values and enables public understanding of and engagement with environmental, virtual, social, and urban issues
  • Emphasizes challenging and changing conditions to support social, spatial, and environmental justice
  • Conducts research that uses participation to better understand the environment by incorporating concepts such as freedom of choice and how its absence can affect privacy, territoriality, and crowding

Read more about Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center HERE.



Hannah Jaicks receives award from International Research Fund

Soon-to-be defending EP student Hannah Jaicks was recently the recipient of an award from the Sarah Baker Memorial Fund.  This fund is distributed by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. The Sarah Baker grants support student projects that …

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A Brief Introduction to Alum Gregory Donovan

Gregory is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies as well as an affiliate faculty member of the New Media and Digital Design Program and the Urban Law Center at Fordham University. His research broadly explores the mutual shaping of people, place, and proprietary media, and how to reorient such shaping toward …

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Hannah Jaicks’ research featured by Wild Foundation!

As part of Hannah Jaicks’ dissertation on the human-nonhuman carnivore conflicts of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, she undertook an experiential method known as trekking to explore the physical and symbolic challenges that a grizzly, wolf, or cougar faces on its paths through the unforgiving terrain of the region.  Through her work, she experienced a series …

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A Brief Introduction to Alum Karen A. Franck

Karen A. Franck received her PhD in Environmental Psychology in 1979. After working on research projects with architect and planner Oscar Newman, she joined the architecture faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Currently a professor there, she directs the PhD Program in Urban Systems sponsored by NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. Her academic appointment …

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Tech Update from Jen Tang!

In the linked article below, EP student Jen Tang elaborates her experience navigating the the “robust and fertile physical and digital environments” offered at the CUNY Graduate Center, and NYC more generally, that aim to help “technological newbies like [herself] to wade into” and expand their technological knowledge and skills.  As Jen states explicitly, her …

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