A Brief Introduction to Alum Karen A. Franck

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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 has given her the opportunity to explore a variety of research topics related to the design and use of the built environment, resulting primarily in books. She received the 2010 Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.

Karen’s first book was New Households, New Housing (1989), co-edited with Sherry Ahrentzen. Subsequent works concern the uses and meanings of building and other place types (Ordering Space co-edited with Lynda Schneekloth, 1994) and how designers can be more responsive to the body, the site and the community (Architecture from the Inside Out, with Bianca Lepori, 2007) and to the needs and desires of clients (Design through Dialogue, with Teresa Howard, 2010). Several of these books have been translated into Chinese or Korean. Karen’s interest in people’s appropriation of urban public space led to Loose Space (co-edited with Quentin Stevens, 2007) and to the upcoming Memorials as Spaces of Engagement (also with Quentin Stevens, 2015). Her concern with how designers make decisions continues with Architecture Timed: Designing with Time in Mind (2016), an issue of AD (Architectural Design) she is guest editing.


Importantly, Karen will be joining the Environmental Psychology program for an evening Brownbag, where she will give a talk entitled: Species of Engagement: Memorial design, use and meaning.


WHERE: The CUNY Graduate Center, 6th Floor, Room 6304.01

WHEN: November 18, 2015, Begins at 530pm


Click here to learn about other talks given this semester through our Brownbag lecture series.

Tech Update from Jen Tang!


Jen Tang, EP Student

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 list is by no means exhaustive, however, it is a guide to getting started.

Tang, J. (Spring, 2015) Digital Humanities Resources, A Persthe advocateonal Journey, The Advocate, p9.

*This article was originally posted in The Advocate, the school newspaper at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Territorio Cuerpo-Tierra with Elizabeth L. Sweet

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Fall 2015 Brownbag Schedule

The Critical Psychology Brownbag schedule is out! See below for more info.



An interview with Do Lee on Environmental Psychology program at GC

doCatch Do Lee talking about our Environmental Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center with GC Videography Fellows.  In the video, Do reflects on our program as we whole, as well as his own experiences and research throughout his time as a member of the program.


Link to video: https://vimeo.com/114935861

For more information on Do’s work, click here.

EP Student, Do Lee, wins Best Student Paper 2014 !

dotahoebikeCongratulations to Do Lee for having his paper “Embodied bicycle commuters in a car world” selected as this year’s Graduate Student Award winner for APA Division 34!  The paper was based on research that explored how people experience the transition to bicycle commuting lifestyles through a bike to work event in Lake Tahoe, CA.  The paper was recognized for its creativity, close fit with the mission of the Division, and its integration of multiple Division interests into a single, cohesive project.
Watch this video to learn more about Do’s work!

Brown Bag: (Un)Thinking Sex in Neuroscience




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Join us on Wednesday, April 15th as Dr. Rebecca Jordan-Young shares her recent work at the intersections of sex, gender, and neuroscience.

Dr. Roger Hart featured on NPR Podcast

fearlessOur very own Dr. Roger Hart was featured on NPR Podcast, Invisibilia, a podcast that explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.  The particular episode that featured Roger, entitled Fearless, aired on January 16, 2015.   In the podcast Roger discusses his research conducted in Vermont which investigates everyday lives of children and children’s environments.

Dr. Susan Saegert publishes piece on low income housing policy

Susan Saegert, faculty and chair of the Environmental Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center, recently published a piece entitled: ‘Interrupting Inequality: Crisis and Opportunity in Low-Income Housing Policy‘ for Metropoliticsa peer-reviewed online journal that specializes in publishing concise pieces on pressing urban issues.  In her piece, Saegert discusses past approaches to housing lower income households and discusses the potential for shared-equity homeownership (SEH) models, in particular community land trusts (CLTs) to better address the housing needs of these households and broader communities.


This piece corresponds to a longer piece Saegert presented at the RC-43 Conference: Housing and the Built Environment of the International Sociological Association held in Amsterdam on July 11, 2014.  Here for the longer version.

Dr. Susan Saegert receives the 2015 Newman-Proshansky Career Achievement Award for Division 34

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Saegert has been selected to receive the 2015 Newman-Proshansky Career Achievement Award for Division 34 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for  Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology. The faculty and students in the Environmental Psychology program agree that this is a wonderful and much deserved honor!Div 34

This award reflects the Division’s deep appreciation of Saegert’s outstanding and many contributions to the field of environmental psychology as well as her years of dedicated service to the Division. The award will be announced at a Division 34 session during the American Psychological Association Convention, which will be held August 6-9, 2015 in Toronto. As in past years, the winner of the Newman-Proshansky Award is offered an opportunity to make an invited address at the APA convention. Saegert plans to give the address at this year’s APA convention in Toronto (in the past, the awardee gave his/her address the following year).

More details to follow. Many Congrats, Susan!


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