Environmental Psychology: Meaning, Measurement, and Mergers

Speaker: Dr. Linday J.McCunn, PhD, Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of Washington, Tacoma

Location: SPPH 491

Date and Time:  1-2 PM, Wednesday, April 13th


What is environmental psychology? How has it been understood and put into interdisciplinary practice? This presentation will answer these questions by providing an account of one scholar’s research programme. Her projects have involved qualitative and quantitative analyses of psycho social data gathered from occupants of accessible units in subsidized housing complexes, government offices, acute-care settings, sustainable neighborhoods, middle schools, and more. Each project highlights common themes in the environmental psychology literature, such as participatory-based research, social design, and evaluation. Practical ways in which methods and meanings within environmental psychology may merge with new and ongoing work in the Sustainable Building Science Program will be explored to inspire discussion.




Lindsay McCunn will graduate with a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria in 2016. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science at the University of Washington Tacoma. Lindsay is the Principal Investigator at the UWT Environmental Psychology Lab and an environmental psychologist studying human attitudes and behaviors concerning a variety of built settings. Her research has focused on understanding how design changes integrating sustainable materials affect employee satisfaction, perceived productivity, and engagement in offices. Lindsay has also investigated the psychological construct of sense of place in urban neighbourhoods by exploring links between its dimensions and those of spatial navigation, place imageability, and organizational commitment. Recently, her work has focused on the quality of staff collaboration in secondary school learning commons settings, as well as on topics concerning participatory urban planning, hospital design, and accessible housing models.