I am a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication 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.
I research the psychology of responses to society-level problems such as climate change. I use motivations and social identities to build quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies on communication and behavior in social contexts, and design effective messaging to boost comprehension and quality decision making.
Psychology Today. Beyond the bystander effect.
The Atlantic. How vanity could save the planet.
The Santa Barbara Independent. Walking the environmental walk.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio One: Psychology of water conservation
Ecology.com: Do you have an eco personality?
Southern California Public Radio: Drought: The psychology of why people aren't saving water
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. PDF; Supplementary materials
Brick, C., & Lewis, G. J. (2016). Unearthing the “green” personality: Core traits predict environmentally friendly behavior. Environment and Behavior. PDF
Brick, C., McCully, S. N., Updegraff, J. A., Ehret, P. J., Areguin, M., & 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. PDF
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. PDF
Updegraff, J. A., Brick, C., Emanuel, A. S., Mintzer, R. E., & Sherman, D. K. (2014). Message framing for oral health: Moderation by perceived susceptibility and motivational orientation in a diverse sample of Americans. Health Psychology. PDF
Finez, L., Sherman, D. K., & Brick, C. (2014). Affirmations. In R. C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology (pp. 23-4). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. PDF
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. PDF
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. PDF
Working papers on my CV (see left)
Researcher, Water Behavior & Policy Group, UCSB