FLP 2012 - The Psychology of Sustainability

Keynote Speakers

Kathryn Caldwell, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Psychology, Ithaca College) Dr. Caldwell teaches general psychology, developmental psychology, psychology of aging, and adolescent psychology. In her teaching, Kathryn emphasizes the relevance of psychology to the lives of her students, encouraging them to become critical, “systems” thinkers and self-aware, caring citizens. Kathryn integrates issues of sustainability into her teaching, challenging students to consider what motivates conservation behavior, how the natural world impacts wellbeing, and the impact of vocational and lifestyle choices on the community and environment. Kathryn’s current research interests include the teaching and learning of systems thinking, the value of intergenerational learning, especially for solving problems of sustainable living, and the relationship between mindfulness and sustainable values and behaviors. Kathryn holds a doctorate in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Louisiana State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clemson University.

Darryl Mayeaux, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Psychology, St. Bonaventure University) Dr. Mayeaux was was trained in evolution of behavior and mechanisms of behavior, including development and neuroscience. More recently, he completed a certification in Sustainable Business Management. He teaches Sustainable Behavior: Diet and Health. The class brings together an understanding of what humans evolved to eat; how our natural preferences can be exploited by manufacturers; how economic forces helped shape aspects of our food system; and how that food system, in the long run, is undermining the productivity of ecosystems and undermining our cognitive and mental health. His most recent research involves nutrient micro- and macro-nutrient content of food and it’s impact on learning.  Dr. Mayeaux holds a doctorate and masters degree from University of California, Davis, and a bachelor's degree from Loyola University.