Elise Amel portrait

Elise Amel

Professor of Psychology
Degree
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994
Office
JRC LL58
Phone
(651) 962-5046
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5046
Fax
651-962-5051
Mail
JRC LL56
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Academic History

B.S., St. Norbert College, 1989
M.A., Purdue University, 1992
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994

Dr. Amel began teaching at UST in 1997 and frequently teaches General Psychology, Research Methods, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Conservation Pscyhology.  Her research interests include how individual differences such as mindfulness and personality relate to how individulas and organizations approach environmental sustainability.  She also studies the types of goals best suited to obtaining a sustainable lifestyle or work ethic.  Amel regularly includes students in her research team (conducting library research, data collection, entry and analysis) and is currently the director of UST's Environmental Studies program.

Expertise

Conservation Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Awards & Honors

Office of Service-Learning Service-Learning Faculty Award, May 2013
Undergraduate Research & Collaborative Scholarship Undergraduate Research Award, May 2011
Undergraduate Student Government Accolades, May 2008
Division of Student Affairs Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning, May 2003.

Recent Publications

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., Scott, B.A., & Koger, S.M. (2017).  Beyond the roots of human inaction: Fostering collective effort toward ecosystem conservation. Science, 356, 275-279.
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Scott, B.A., and Amel, E.L., Koger, S.M., & Manning, C.M. (2016)
      Psychology of Sustainability (4th Edition).  Routledge:  NY, NY.
     
Scott, B.A., Amel, E.L., & Manning, C.M. (2014).  In and of the wilderness: 
       Participation in nature as form of ecological connectedness. Ecopsychology, 6(2), 81-91.

Manning, C.M., & Amel, E.L. (2014).  No human left behind:  Making a place
        for social and environmental justice within the field of Ecopsychology.
        Ecopsychology, 6(1), 14-15.

Amel, E.L., & Manning, C.M. (2012). Exploring the effectiveness of ecological
         principles as a method for integrating environmental content into psychology
         courses.  Ecopsychology, 4(2), 127-136.

Manning, C.M., Amel, E.L., & Bock T.S. (2012). Environmental sustainability and
          introductory psychology: A natural partnership.  Ecopsychology, 4(2), 122-126.

Conway, J.M, Amel, E.L., & Gerwien, D.P. (2009). How much do we learn from
          community service learning?  A meta-analysis of academic, personal, social, 
          and citizenship outcomes. Teaching of Psychology, 36(4), 233-245.

Manning, C.M., Amel, E. L., Forsman, J. W., &Scott, B. A. (2009).  Framing
          climate change solutions: The importance of getting the numbers right.
          
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and 
          Management, 1
(4), 326-339.

Amel, E.L., & Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2009).  Mindfulness and sustainable
           behavior: Pondering attention and awareness as means for being green. 
           Ecopsychology, 1(1),
14-25.

Amel, E.L., & Manning, C.M. (2009). The mechanics of human behavior.
            In W. Jedlicka (Ed.) Packaging sustainability. New York: Wiley.

Amel, E.L., & Uhrskov, A. (2008).  Designing the academic course: Principles
             and practicalities.  In S.E. Spencer, and K. Tuma (Eds.),
             The guide to successful short-term programs abroad 
             (2nd ed
, pp.73-106). Washington, DC:NAFSA.

Recent Presentations

Amel, E.L. (accepted for August, 2017). Here or there or anywhere? The effect of distance frames on self-determination
                 Symposium presentation for the 122th Annual Convention of the American
                 Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Amel, E.L. (2016, August). Infusing Sustainability within Industrial & Organizational Psychology Courses. Symposium
                 presentation for the 121th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Amel, E.L. (2015, October). Effectively integrating environmental issues into social sciences, business, and
                humanities courses using ecological worldview principles.
Paper presentation at the Association for
                the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Amel, E.L. & Chabries, C. (2015, October). Undergraduate Community Engagement in the Service of Sustainability: 
                Connecting the ACTC Consortium with the City of St. Paul.
Poster presentation at the Association 
                for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Amel, E.L. (2015, August). Service learning in I/O: Learning by doing for the greater good. In Award
                Winning Faculty---Applications for Teaching Applied Psychology and Management.
Symposium for the
                120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Amel, E.L. (2015, August). Thinking like an ecologist: Using systems principles in the psychology classroom. 
                In E.L. Amel (Chair), Teaching and Communicating About the Psychology of Sustainability. Symposium for the 120th  
                Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Amel, E.L., Dahmus, M., Small, G., & Kay, A. (2015, June). Service learning for environmental sustainability:
                Town & gown collaboration in Minnesota’s capital city.
Symposium for the Upper Midwest Association
                for Campus Sustainability, Bemidji, MN.

Amel, E.L. (2014, August). Service learning for sustainability: Town & gown collaboration. In B.A. Scott (Chair),
                Effective Pedagogy for the Psychology of Sustainability.  Symposium for the 119th Annual Convention
                of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Amel, E.L. (2013, November).  Ecological worldview principles as tools for integrating environmental issues into
                social sciences, business, and humanities courses. 
Invited plenary for the International Greening
                Education Event, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2013, September).  Goal setting in context: The impact of psychological
                 distance on the appeal of goals
.  Paper for the 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology,
                 Magdeburg, Germany.

Amel, E.L., & Manning, C.M. (2013, August).  Goal setting and psychological distance: An inconvenient truth?
                 
Symposium for the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Selected Student Papers

Ness, J. & Amel, E.L. (2014, May).  Climate change attitudes and behavior: 
       Is it powered by psychological distance and action goals? Poster for the
       Annual Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Assocation, Chicago, IL. 
       Winner of the Midwestern Regional Research Award from Psi Chi. 

Michalak, N., Korcak, O., Amel, E.L., Manning,C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2013, May).
        How perceived behavioral control influences donations of time & money to
        the problem of global climate change.  Poster for the Association for
        Psychological Science, Washington, DC

Kelly, B., Manning, C.M. & Amel, E.L. (2012, June).  Conservation psychology in
         Germany
.  Paper for the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences,
         Santa Clara, CA. Selected for Best Student Paper.

Hays, A.  (2012, February).  Impact of urban gardening on a university campus.
          Selected for Scholars at the Capitol, St. Paul, MN.  Sponsored by a 2011
          $4,000 Community-Based Research Grant
          http://www.stthomas.edu/bulletin/2012/02/15/cilce-corner-garden/

Lyons, R.E., Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2011, April).  To fly or
           not to fly:  using the theory of planned behavior to understand personal travel

           Symposium for Society for Human Ecology, Las Vegas, NV.

Lyons, R. & Amel, E.L. (2010, May).  Pets as purses:  Treating pets as accessories
            and its influence on how humans value the natural environment.
 
            Annual Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Forsman, J.W., Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2010, April).  Applying
             the transtheoretical model of change to sustainable work behaviors.
             In A.M. Sanders, & A.H. Huffman (Chairs), Earth and I/O: Implications
             for a sustainable workforce
. Symposium for the annual meeting of the
             Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Forsman, J.W., Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2008, September).
              Getting hooked: Finding effective frames for religious and Residence-related
              worldviews.  In B.A. Scott (Chair), Shades of  green: Implications of 
              human diversity for environmental education and advocacy.
Symposium
              for Society for Human Ecology, Bellingham, WA.  

Duclos, E.L. (2007, April).  The influence of self-efficacy and knowledge in
              sustainable behaviors
. Poster session presented at the 21st National
              Conference on Undergraduate Research at Dominican University of
              California.  Sponsored by a $4,000 Young Scholars grant.

Summer 2017 Courses

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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PSYC 212 - D01 Research Methods in Psychology M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC LL45
CRN: 40263 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elise L. Amel Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule

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PSYC 212 - D51 Research Methods in Psyc/ Lab M - - - - - - 1215 - 1415 JRC LL45
CRN: 40264 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Elise L. Amel Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule

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