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You Need a Mediterranean Lifestyle

Along with being careful about your time and setting do-able goals, another way to foster your personal sustainability is to check in on your overall lifestyle. This might seem too much to take on. But, I have an idea for you: Cultivate a "Mediterranean Lifestyle." To learn more, keep reading....    A client of mine [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Environmental Identity, Health|0 Comments

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 [...]

Make a Positive Impact With Your Career (and Avoid Giver Burnout)

Life is short. Most of us must work to support ourselves. How can we design our careers so that we can have the most positive impact on the world? The Effective Altruism movement came up on my radar recently. (Maybe through my various research about the concept of the Social Contract?) Effective Altruism tries to [...]

Coping with an Illegitimate Election

Given today’s inauguration, I wanted to share some thoughts from my perspective as a psychologist. For the record, I am a registered Independent voter in Oregon. Outside of my research and teaching, much of my work goes on behind the scenes in private conversations with people. My approach to psychology has always been that political [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Events, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Ten Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2017 | Residence on Earth

via Ten Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2017 | Residence on Earth by Clara Changxin Fang During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump said that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, he intends to remove barriers to drilling and fracking, and pull the United States out of the Paris Climate [...]

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

1st Annual Vive NW Conference | Culturally Diversifying the Outdoors

Thomas led a workshop on environmental identity at Vive Northwest’s inaugural conference event, “Culturally Diversifying the Outdoors.” The event was designed to bring together organizations across the private, non profit and government sectors in the outdoor and nature industries to initiate a conversation around a strategy to make the outdoor spaces of the Pacific Northwest [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Environmental Identity, Events, Public Speaking, Workshop|0 Comments