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Janet Swim
Professor of Psychology

Ph. D., University of Minnesota, 1988


Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
251 Moore Bldg
University Park, PA 16802-3106


814 863-1730


814 863-7002

Research Interests

Swim's research addresses perceptions and responses to current social and environmental issues.  She examines the impact of information, motivation (e.g., values, beliefs, and emotions), and behavioral skills on interest in information about climate change and engagement in pro-environmental behavior. 

Recent Publications

Swim, J.K., (Chair), Clayton, S., Doherty, T., Gifford, R., Howard, G., Reser, J., Stern, P., & Weber, E. (2009). Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges. A Report by the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change.

Bloodhart, B. & Swim, J.K. (in press). Equality, Harmony, and the Environment: An Ecofeminist Approach to Understanding the Role of Cultural Values on the Treatment of Women and Nature. Ecopsychology.

Swim, J.K., Glenna, L. & Green, B. (2010).  Religious organizations as a social context for achieving a more environmentally sustainable society.  Paper presentation at a conference on “Exploring the Sanctity of Nature:  Toward a Common Word Between Spirituality and Science.  Supported by the Kirbas Institute and the Fetzer Institute.  To appear in a book published by these institutes.

Swim, J.K., & Becker, J.C. (2011).  Country Contexts and Individuals’ climate Change mitigating behaviors: A comparison of U.S. versus German individuals’ efforts to reduce energy use.  Paper under revision for the Journal of Social Issues.

Swim, J.K., Clayton, S., & Howard, G.S. (2011).  Human Behavioral Contributions to Climate Change and the Psychological and Contextual Drivers of these Contributions.  Paper under revision for the American Psychologist.