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.

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.

Researcher, Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Researcher, Water, Behavior, & Policy Group, UCSB

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. open access PDF

Busic-Sontic, A., & Brick, C. (2018). Personality trait effects on green household installations. Collabra: Psychology, 4(1), 8. open access PDF

Voisin, D., Brick, C., Valleé, B., & Pascual, A. (2018). When stereotype threat does not impair performance, self-affirmation can be harmful. Self & Identity. PDF

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; Supplement

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

Selected Media

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?




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