Susan Clayton headshot. Susan has short blind hair and is wearing glasses. Susan Clayton, PhD

Susan Clayton, PhD, (she/her) is a Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Her PhD, from Yale University, is in social psychology. Her research examines people’s relationship with the natural environment, how it is socially constructed, and how a healthy relationship with nature can be promoted, particularly in informal education contexts such as zoo visits. She has written extensively about the effects of climate change on mental health, and has developed a scale to assess climate anxiety.

Susan Clayton, PhD, (she/her) is a Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Her PhD, from Yale University, is in social psychology. Her research examines people’s relationship with the natural environment, how it is socially constructed, and how a healthy relationship with nature can be promoted, particularly in informal education contexts such as zoo visits. She has written extensively about the effects of climate change on mental health, and has developed a scale to assess climate anxiety. She has written or edited six books, including most recently Psychology and Climate Change (2018; co-edited with Christie Manning).

Clayton is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology (SEPCP), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). She is a past president of both SEPCP and SPSSI and currently a member of the APA’s governing Board of Directors. In addition to serving as the editor of the Cambridge Elements series in applied social psychology, she is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Social Justice Research, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and the Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens. She was a lead author on the 6th assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, contributing to the chapter focused on climate change impacts on health and well-being.

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