Susan Clayton

Susan Clayton

Whitmore-Williams Professor - Department Chair

Department/Affiliation: Psychology
Phone: 330-263-2565
Office Address: 107 Morgan
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Degrees

  • B.A., Carleton College 1982
  • M.S., Yale University 1984
  • Ph.D., Yale University 1987

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 225: Environmental Psychology
  • PSYC 330: Social Psychology
  • PSYC 399: Psychology of Justice
  • ENVS 200: Sustainability

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Clayton is the President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Clayton is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
  • She is currently on the editorial boards for Social Justice Research, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and PsyEcology.

Recent Publications

Books

  • Clayton, S., & Manning, C. (2018). Psychology and climate change: Human perceptions, impacts, and responses. New York: Academic Press.
  • Clayton, S., & Myers, G. (2015). Conservation psychology: Understanding and promoting human care for nature. (2nd edition). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Clayton, S., & Myers, G. (2015). Conservation psychology: Understanding and promoting human care for nature. (2nd edition). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Clayton, S. (Ed. 2012) Handbook of environmental and conservation psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lerner, M. & Clayton, S. (2011). Justice and self-interest: Two fundamental motives. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Articles

  • Clayton, S. (2018). Mental health risk and resilience among climate scientists. Nature Climate Change, 8, 260-271.
  • Clayton, S. (2018). The role of perceived justice, political ideology, and  individual or collective framing in support for environmental policies. Social Justice Research, 31, 219-237.
  • Clayton, S., Bexell, S., Ping, X., Zhihe, A., Jing, L.W., Wei, C. H., & Yan, H. (2018). Confronting the wildlife trade through public education at zoological institutions in Chengdu, China. Zoo Biology.
  • Clayton, S., & *Le Nguyen, K. (2018). People in the zoo: A social context for conservation. In Minteer, B., Maienshein, J., & Collins, J. (Eds.), The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation (pp. 204-211). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [*Wooster student]
  • Luebke, J., Clayton, S., Kelly, L., & Grajal, A. (in press). Global climate change attitudes and perceptions among South American zoo visitors. Zoo Biology.
  • Clayton, S., Devine-Wright, P., Swim, J., Bonnes, M., Steg, L. Whitmarsh, L., Carrico, A. (in press). Expanding the role for psychology in addressing environmental challenges. American Psychologist.
  • Clayton, S., Devine-Wright, P., Stern, P., Whitmarsh, L., Carrico, A., Steg, L., Swim, J., & Bonnes, M. (2015). Psychological research and global climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5, 640-646.
  • Clayton, S., Kals, E., & Feygina, I. (in press). Justice and environmental sustainability. In Sabbagh, C., & Schmitt, M. (Eds.), Handbook of social justice theory and research. New York: Springer.
  • Kelly, L., Luebke, J., Clayton, S., Saunders, C., Matiasek, J., & Grajal, A. (2014). Climate change attitudes of zoo and aquarium visitors: Implications for climate literacy education. Journal of Geoscience Education, 62, 502-510.
  • Clayton, S., Luebke, J., Saunders, C., Matiasek, J., & Grajal, A. (2014). Connecting to nature at the zoo: Implications for responding to climate change. Environmental Education Research, 20, 460-475.
  • Prévot-Julliard, A-C, Julliard, R., & Clayton, S. (2014). Historical evidence for nature disconnection in a 70-year time series of Disney animated films. Public Understanding of Science.
  • Clayton, S., *Koehn, A., & *Grover, E. (2013). Making sense of the senseless: Justice, identity, and the framing of environmental crises. Social Justice Research, 26, 301-319.
  • Clayton, S., & *Kilinc, A. (2013). Proenvironmental concern and behavior in Turkey. The role of national and environmental identity. PsyEcology, 4, 311-330.
  • Clayton, S., Litchfield, C., & Geller, E.S. (2013). Psychological science, conservation, and environmental sustainability. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11, 377-382.
  • Clayton, S., Luebke, J., Saunders, C., Matiasek, J., & Grajal, A. (2013). Connecting to nature at the zoo: Implications for responding to climate change. Environmental Education Research.

Research Interests

My research addresses three themes, which sometimes intersect. Most importantly, I consider myself to be a conservation psychologist: interested in understanding and promoting a healthy relationship between humans and nature. I have worked, for example, in zoos, where a wide and diverse range of people come to interact with wild animals. I am currently focusing on the implications of climate change for psychological wellbeing. A second interest concerns identity – the ways in which people define themselves. I developed an Environmental Identity (EID) Scale to assess the degree to which the natural environment plays an important part in the way in which people think about themselves, and am testing that in multiple countries. Finally I also maintain a strong interest in the psychology of justice: how people define what is fair and how they respond to perceived injustice. Environmental challenges present an interesting and important context for examining perceptions of justice.