Alumni

Below is a small sample of alumni of the Environmental Psychology program. Many of our alumni hold professional academic positions in universities worldwide, especially in architecture, geography, sociology, and psychology departments. Many alumni also work in policy-affecting and executive positions in national and local governments, health facilities, and international non-governmental organizations. They also run design and consulting firms and have consulting positions within larger organizations and design firms.

To all alumni: We are always interested in hearing from you about your life and work, and adding more information about your current projects to our database. Please send your current information including place of employment, contact information, publications, research interests, etc. to Susan Saegert (ssaegert@gc.cuny.edu).

Chihsin Chiu

Chihsin Chiu is currently Associate Professor of Department of Real Estate and Built Environment in College of Public Affairs at National Taipei University in Taiwan, Republic of China. He is also on the faculty of International Program on Urban Governance at National Taipei University. He got his Ph. D. in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Setha Low, …

Valkiria Duran-Narucki

Originally from Costa Rica, Valkiria Durán-Narucki is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology of the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She came to the United States thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship from the US Department of State. She obtained a master’s degree from New York University with an emphasis in Community Psychology, and a …

Deshonay Dozier

Deshonay Dozier’s research is concerned with working and surplus populations alternative relations to policing, property, and land. Dozier’s dissertation research maps a blues geography by investigating alternative development and cultural forms of social critique against dominant and elite development in Downtown and South Los Angeles.  Her work with the Housing Environments Research Group evaluates alternative …

Desiree Fields

After graduating in 2013, Desiree Fields held a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in the department of urban studies at Queens College, where she taught courses in urban poverty and affluence, community organizing, and the future of New York City. While at Queens College Desiree became a research ally for the Right to the City …

Efrat Eizenberg

Efrat Eizenberg is an environmental psychologist and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, The Technion, Israel. Her research topics include urban nature and landscape perception, planning with communities, urban regeneration, urban struggles and the politics of space. Among her publications are articles at the International Journal of Urban and Regional …

Gregory T. 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 …

Jungja Park Cardoso

  JungJa is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of São Paulo in Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. At the Socio-Environmental Psychology and Educational Practices Laboratory (Laboratório de Psicologia Socioambiental e Práticas Educativas), she is conducting her post-doctoral research titled “Autistic subjectivity and the production of food space: The voices of Brazilian adults on the autism …

Shelley Buchbinder

Shelley recently completed field work exploring narratives of economic revitalization and the impacts of unlikely promises of social and economic stability in a small economically restructured former mill town. Based on her research, she is currently turning her attention towards the intersections between community and waste in similar settings. She currently teaches in the Urban …

Jason Douglas

Dr. Jason Douglas is an Environmental Psychologist who conducts research with underserved communities to develop an understanding of social and environmental inequities at the local, state, national, and international levels. As a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychology Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University, Jason is currently conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR) concerning systemic …

Jen Jack Gieseking

Jen Jack Gieseking is an urban cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, environmental psychologist, and American Studies scholar. S/he is engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments, with a focus on sexual and gender identities. Jack’s work pays special attention to how such productions support or inhibit social, …

Bryce DuBois

Bryce DuBois is a graduate of the Environmental Psychology program at the Graduate Center. His dissertation research is on dune stewardship practices and related social discourses in Rockaway Beach following Hurricane Sandy. The goal of this work is to push the management of beaches, and public parks more generally, towards a democratic and justice oriented approach. …

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 …

Hannah Jaicks

(Hannah Jaicks graduated in 2016) Hannah Jaicks is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Psychology PhD Program.  As she completes her doctorate, she is building her own consulting agency in the Northern Rockies and is currently assisting the Center for Large Landscape Conservation through social science research and applied work pertaining to community building and …

Bijan Kimiagar

Bijan’s research concerns young people’s engagement in resolving global social and environmental injustices. Currently, he is a Senior Associate for Community Based Research and Data Analysis at the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) where he is responsible for community data collection projects. These projects complement CCC’s Keeping Track data and elevate the voices of community …

Kimberly Libman

Dr. Kimberly Libman joined the New York Academy of Medicine’s Division of Health Policy in May 2014. In this role she conducts research on obesity, chronic disease prevention, and the community development potential of implementing the Affordable Care Act. She also co-facilitates a statewide food policy work group and serve on the Farm to Institution …

Lorraine E. Maxwell

Lorraine E. Maxwell, Ph.D. is an environmental psychologist and associate professor in the department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University.     Her research has focused on the effects of noise and density in the home and school on children’s cognitive development and behavior. She currently investigates attributes of the physical environment of school, home …

Lynne Manzo

Lynne Manzo Associate Professor has taught in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, Seattle since 2001. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW School of Social Work. She received her PhD in Environmental Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1993. Dr. Manzo’s work focuses on place attachment, …

Sharon E. Sutton

Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Adjunct Professor of Social Work, and Director of CEEDS (Center for Environment, Education, and Design Studies) at the University of Washington. She has been an architecture educator since 1975, having held positions at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the University of Cincinnati, and the …

Do Jun Lee

Do Jun Lee is an Assistant Professor at Queens College CUNY in the Urban Studies Department. Do completed his Ph.D. and dissertation “Delivering Justice: Food Delivery Cyclists in New York City” in Environmental Psychology in 2018. His research interests include critically examining the interconnections of people, mobility, environment, and social justice. His professional career includes …

Linnaea Tillett

Dr. Linnaea Tillett is principal of Tillett Lighting Design Associates, which she founded in 1983. A lighting designer with a doctorate in environmental psychology, she has extensive experience in public landscape. Combining design and social science, Dr. Tillett crafts highly nuanced lighting programs that delight, improve sustainability, and engage issues of safety and security. Her …

Gregg G. Van Ryzin

Gregg G. Van Ryzin, PhD, is a full professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, where he also serves as director of the PhD program in public administration. He has interests in both survey research and experimental methods and conducts empirical studies on a range of topics, including …

Pengfei Li

Pengfei holds a M.Phil and wraps up his PHD in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York. He has been teaching psychology at New York City College of Technology since 2011. From June 2014 to August 2015, Pengfei conducted his field work in Beijing and taught classes “The History of Cities” and “Urban …

Jennifer M. Pipitone

Jennifer M. Pipitone is a doctoral candidate in the environmental psychology PhD program.  Her research explores the human-environment relationship within the broader contexts of learning, growth, and experience. Jennifer’s work challenges displaced and disembodied views of the human-environment relationship by considering the interaction between physical, psychological, and sociocultural contexts of being and knowing. Jennifer completed …

Jarrod Shanahan

Jarrod Shanahan is an author, essayist, and activist-scholar. Jarrod studies the social history of policing, courts, and jails in New York City, with an emphasis on Rikers Island. His dissertation, forthcoming in 2019, examines the New York City Department of Correction from 1954 to 1998, as a case study in the limitations of progressive penology. Jarrod …

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