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Michele Wick

Michele Wick

Psychologist, interdisciplinarian

Smith College

16 May 2021, 06:00 PM

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Michele Wick studies the human side of climate change through an interdisciplinary lens. Her inquiry focuses on several issues raised by the American Psychological Association’s task force on global climate change including:

  • how people understand the risks imposed by climate change 
  • behavioral contributions to climate change and their psychological/ contextual drivers
  • the psychosocial impacts of climate change
  • how individuals adapt to and cope with perceived threats and impacts
  • psychological barriers that limit climate change action

Her current work is situated in the public arena with an emphasis on collaborative projects that bring climate themed art to museums and other venues. She is co-founder and co-chair of Arts Afield, a program that fosters dialog across the arts, humanities and sciences at Smith’s Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station. Currently, she co-leads an interdisciplinary fellowship for a group of faculty and students at Smith college – </span>Imagining Climate Change: From Slow Violence to Fast Hope.

Wick also follows the science of science communication and her writing often translates psychological research into narrative for the general public. Her blog, Anthropocene Mind, at Psychology Today, is one forum for this work.

Wick began her career in psychology as a clinician with a specialty in college mental health. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and she is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Massachusetts.

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