I research how people respond to society-level problems such as climate change. I build quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies on communication and behavior in social contexts with a focus on motivations, identity, and policy decisions. I also test the comprehension of different message content and formats.

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, and a By-Fellow of Churchill College, both at the University of Cambridge, UK. I completed a PhD in Social Psychology at University of California Santa Barbara, and taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, NY.

· Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab
· Water, Behavior, & Policy Group, UCSB
· Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science
· Psychological Science Accelerator


Brick, C., & Lai, C. K. (in press). Explicit (but not implicit) environmentalist identity predicts pro-environmental action. Journal of Environmental Behavior.
empirical — post-printopen dataopen codepre-registered

Brick, C., Freeman, A. L. J., Wooding, S., Skylark, W. J., Marteau, T., & Spiegelhalter, D. J. (2018). Winners and losers: Communicating the potential impacts of policies. Palgrave Communications, 4, 69.
review — open access supplement

Ford, H., Brick, C., Blaufuss, K., & Dekens, P. S. (2018). Gender inequity in speaking opportunities at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Nature Communications, 9(1), 1358.
empirical — open access

Busic-Sontic, A., & Brick, C. (2018). Personality trait effects on green household installations. Collabra: Psychology, 4(1), 8.
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Voisin, D., Brick, C., Valleé, B., & Pascual, A. (2018). When stereotype threat does not impair performance, self-affirmation can be harmful. Self & Identity.
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Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (2018). How identity, not issues, explains the partisan divide. Scientific American Mind.

Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (in press). The psychology of climate change: How psychologists can help solve the largest social dilemma in history. The Psychologist, British Psychological Society.


Brick, C., Sherman, D. K., & Kim, H. S. (2017). "Green to be seen" and "brown to keep down": Visibility moderates the effect of identity on pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, 226-238.
empirical — post-printsupplement


Brick, C., & Lewis, G. J. (2016). Unearthing the “green” personality: Core traits predict environmentally friendly behavior. Environment and Behavior, 48(5), 635-658.
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Brick, C., McCully, S. N., Updegraff, J. A., Ehret, P. J., Areguin, M. A., & Sherman, D. K. (2016). The impact of cultural exposure and message framing on oral health behavior: Exploring the role of message memory. Medical Decision Making, 36(7), 834–843.
empirical — post-print


Binning, K. R., Brick, C., Cohen, G. L., & Sherman, D. K. (2015). Going along versus getting it right: The role of self-integrity in political conformity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 73-88.

Updegraff, J. A., Brick, C., Emanuel, A. S., Mintzer, R. E., & Sherman, D. K. (2015). Message framing for oral health: Moderation by perceived susceptibility and motivational orientation in a diverse sample of Americans. Health Psychology, 34(1), 20-29.
empirical — post-print


Brick, C., Seely, D. L., & Palermo, T. M. (2010). Association between sleep hygiene and sleep quality in medical students. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 8(2), 113–121.
empirical — post-print

Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Brehm, L., Brick, C., Brown-Schmidt, S., Fischer, K., & Wagner, K. (2010). Carpet or cárcel: the effect of age of acquisition and language mode on bilingual lexical access. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25(5), 669-705.
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Media coverage

The Guardian. Women not getting a fair say at academic conferences.

Psychology Today. Beyond the bystander effect.

The Atlantic. How vanity could save the planet.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio One. Psychology of water conservation.

Washington Post. Can your personality explain how you feel about the Keystone XL pipeline?


Blog & Video

YouTube (June 13, 2018). Do we have enough information when we vote? (June 13, 2018). Do you get all the information you need when voting in referendums?

Psychology Today (June 13, 2018). The new science of communicating policy options.

Psychology Today (April 25, 2018). Personality and green energy installations. Guest blogger: Ante Busic-Sontic.

Psychology Today (July 24, 2017). Beyond the bystander effect: Helping others depends on our identities and whether anyone is watching. (Jan. 7, 2013). Why doesn’t the public respond to climate change?




Psychology of Sustainability; Environmental Psychology; Health Psychology; Social Psychology; Introduction to Psychology; Senior Thesis

 Senior thesis students 2016-17

Senior thesis students 2016-17





2017   Pitch Competition for Early Career Social Scientists, 1st place, University of Cambridge

2014   SPSP/EASP Summer School Fellowship

2013   Graduate Fellowship in Psychology, Environment, and Public Policy

2013   NIDCR Building Bridges Award, APS Convention 2013

2013   Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Barbara

2011    Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation

Research Talk Demonstration — Pro-environmental Behavior

Teaching Demonstration — Environmental Psychology class