American Psychologist publishes special issue on global climate change

American Psychologist publishes special issue on global climate change

New peer-reviewed articles update APA’s 2009 task force report.

American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association (APA), has published a special issue on “Psychology and Global Climate Change.” The May-June 2011 issue contains seven peer-reviewed articles that are based upon and update the contents of a 2009 APA task force report. All eight of the task force members, who work in a variety of areas across psychology, contributed to the writing of the articles in the special issue.

The articles, each of which can be read independently, are:

Janet Swim of Pennsylvania State University chaired the task force and helped manage preparation of the articles.  She commented, “I’m pleased and proud to see this special issue in print.  Our task force was able to bring together a diverse set of ideas and experiences to develop a resource that we hope advances psychologists’ involvement in the topic of global climate change and, more generally, environmental sustainability.”

The issue can be accessed through APA’s PsycNET website (at no cost for most APA members and those with institutional subscriptions).

You may read Thomas Doherty’s contribution below:

Published by Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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