Graduate Students

In alphabetical order

Benjamin Douglas

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Ben is a fourth year PhD Student in Social Psychology. He graduated in 2018 from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Psychology.

Ben’s research focuses on behavior change within the domain of sustainability. In studying how to motivate the behaviors of individuals and decision-makers alike, this research is designed to answer how social psychology can support the fight against the climate crisis.

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Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1202 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1611
Office 511

Kendall Holley

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Kendall is a third year PhD student in social psychology. He graduated from Grinnell College in 2011 with his B.A in Sociology and Psychology.

Kendall’s research interests are in understanding the effects of power and control on human behavior, perception, and learning. He has specific interest in studying relationships between social groups of varying power levels to better understand the inter- and intra-group processes that take place while navigating group engagements. His line of research will also explore elements of morality, prejudice, and power-seeking in groups. An understanding of these factors will hopefully help develop a line of research that informs how we as a society approach disparate power structures within our collective communities.

Contact Information:
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1202 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1611
Office 457

Sophia Winkler-Schor

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Sophia Winkler-Schor is a fifth year PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies focused on conservation psychology. She is co-advised by Lisa Naughton-Treves and Markus Brauer. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington in 2016. Thereafter, Sophia earned an international dual-degree (M.S./M.I.N.C.) in international nature conservation from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) and Lincoln University (New Zealand).

Sophia’s research is focused on behavior change and aims to promote pro-environmental behavior in forest ecosystems. Her core areas of interest include motivation and behavioral persistence. These topics will help her unearth why people are motivated to enroll in conservation programs and how these programs can tap into behavioral antecedents to foster long-term engagement in conservation activities.

Contact Information:
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Science Hall
550 Park Street
Madison 53706
Office 175 B