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Can Artificial Intelligence have Ecological Intelligence?

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) held a unique gathering at Stanford University in March 2017: “AI for Social Good.” Organizers were seeking to explore real-world applications of artificial intelligence for issues like urban planning, health care, social justice, sustainability, and national security. They sought to “bring together AI researchers and researchers/practitioners/experts/policy makers [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Climate Change, Ecopsychology, Media|0 Comments

Feeling helpless about the future of the planet? Now there’s a 9-step program for that | Fusion

Imagine Alcoholics Anonymous mixed with an environmental humanities course and you’ll begin to get a sense of the ”good grief” group started by Schmidt. Its goal is to help people cope with what’s been called “climate grief”— anxiety, sadness, depression, and other emotions provoked by awareness of the planet’s march toward a hotter, less biologically [...]

An Office that Improves Your Mental Health

"Ideally your office should have a clean, living, generative sense—one that fosters a renewed sense of physical vitality, alertness and creativity for your clients and yourself..."   At the 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Meeting, I provided a therapist's perspective at presentation "Design of the Psychotherapist's Office – Lessons from Research and Experience." During [...]

Two Ways to Cope When You Feel Bad about Environmental Issues

There are two basic coping strategies that people use to deal with the emotional impacts of environmental issues. It’s helpful to be aware of these, and to know your habitual style. It’s even better to learn how to be flexible and use both strategies to support yourself. Note: I'll be doing a series of posts in [...]

Groundhog Day as a Time of Inspiration 

Think about the time around Groundhog Day as opportunity to celebrate that you made it through the darkest period of winter. Imagine seeds of inspiration that are stirring within you. Take time to celebrate ancient, Earth-based holidays. It’s an ideal way synchronize your mental health with the seasons of the year and the cycles of [...]

Thomas Doherty delivers November talks | Columbia University Global Mental Health Program

Thomas gave two invited talks on the mental health impacts of climate change for the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program in New York, New York. • Mental Health Impacts of Global Climate Change: Beyond a Disaster Framework | 11/14/16 • Studying Climate Global Climate Change Is a Personal Growth Opportunity | 11/15/16

By | November 20th, 2016|Climate Change, Ecopsychology, Events, talk, Workshop|0 Comments

TAO Health Ignite 2016 | “Nature and Mental Health in the 21st Century”

On November 16, 2016, Thomas delivered a talk titled “Nature and Mental Health in the 21st Century” for Health Ignite 2016, an event hosted by the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), at OMSI in Portland, Oregon. Health Ignite was a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by speakers from the local Portland community on the topics of [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Ecopsychology, Events, Public Speaking|0 Comments

Aquarium of the Pacific | “Climate Change Messaging that Works: Psychological Perspectives”

On November 2, 2016 the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach California hosted a day-long forum titled “Climate Change Messaging that Works: Psychological Perspectives.” The forum brought climate scientists and psychologists together to develop strategies to motivate people to act on climate change. Thomas was a panelist and also member of a working group of experts [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Climate Change, Ecopsychology, Events, Workshop|0 Comments

Second Annual Oregon Ecopsychology Symposium: The Psychology of Interdependence | June 10-11, 2016

I wanted to share news about this second annual event happening in June. This is an incredible group of local speakers, with more being added daily, and the value is outstanding. We had a very powerful experience last year and many new connections were made. The Lewis & Clark campus is beautiful in June. Come [...]

My “Psychology and Nature” Videos Were Translated into Spanish

My videos on "Psychology & Nature" were given Spanish subtitles for use by the Spanish Association of Environmental Psychology and Latin-American Environmental Psychology Network. A reminder: I recently collaborated on this project with videographer Michael Annus and psychologist Tatiana Snyder from Portland Community College.  A series of brief Youtube videos were made to introduce the [...]

By | July 8th, 2015|Ecopsychology, Environmental Identity, video|0 Comments