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PostSubject: Where to study environmental psychology   Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:17 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone can help with some advice...

I've been looking to study environmental psychology as a postgrad degree but with great difficulty in finding an appropriate institution that offers an in depth study. So far I have located a Msc in Surrey University in England... and a PHD program in New York.

Is anyone able to suggest other ways of getting into this field? I live in Australia and I haven't been able to find any university to offer what I'm looking for.

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PostSubject: same same   Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:23 am

Hi Venetin,

After googling environmental psychology studies I found your topic and I can say I've got the same problem as you have. I'm also looking for a study in environmental psychology.
I'm a graduated urban designer who wants more depth in this specific psychology specialism. I just started looking at Universities so I haven't come far yet. If you find something interesting, please keep me informed!

Thanks, Ri (from the Netherlands)
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PostSubject: Re: Where to study environmental psychology   Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:08 pm


I too am looking around for programs that touch on environmental psychology. So far, I haven't found much. It seems that most of the prominent env. psych researchers teach in either social and/or developmental psychology departments, or in environmental design/architecture/planning type "centers." In reviewing most of the social/cognitive/developmental psych PhD programs, none of the faculty or students seem to be involved in environment-behavior research, which is dissipointing. The only programs I've seen that seem to just barely get into it, or at least have one faculty member who has done work in the field, are: U of Michigan (by far the most prolific), U of Washington, Cornell (they have a developmental phd in their "college of human ecology" and Gary Evans is a faculty member there), U of Wisconsin, UC Irvine, and a few others.

However, there are more than a few schools that delve into the applied psychology fields, and Claremont has a nice article outlining these programs, as well as a video series at one of their symposiums (http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/lap&CISOPTR=11).

Although I was intrigued by the applied psychology programs, they seemed a little too focused and not as broad-reaching as some of the more traditional programs. Also, most of the schools offering them seem to not offer the kind of financial support often present in the top-tier universities.

Hope that info helps. This has probably been the most helpful article I've come across thus far: http://www.ucm.es/info/Psyap/iaap/evans.htm

Also, check out Bechtel's Environment and Behavior textbook, very helpful to understand some of the history behind the env. psych theory and common methodologies.
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