Elise Amel portrait

Elise Amel

Professor of Psychology, Director of Environmental Studies
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994
(651) 962-5046
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.


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

Scott, B.A., and Amel, E.L., Koger, S.M., & Manning, C.M. (in press).
      The Psychology of Environmental Problems and Sustainable Solutions
      (4th Edition).  Psychology Press: 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),

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. (2014, August).  Service Learning for sustainability:
              Town and 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., 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., (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. (2013, August).  Goal setting and psychological
               distance: An inconvenient truth? Symposium for the 118th Annual
               Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Amel, E.L. (2013, June).  Effective integration ofsustainability into business,
                 social science and humanities courses using ecological worldview
                 principles. In K. Holman (Chair), Integrating environmental education
                 in the academy and community: Global efforts and insights from 
                 practitioners in the field.  Symposium for the19th International
                 Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Estes Park, CO.

Amel, E.L. (2012, June).  Thinking like an ecologist: A short-hand method
                  for business students. In E. Goodstein (Chair), Business
                  Sustainability and Education: How Far? How Fast?
                  for the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies
                  and Sciences, Santa Clara, CA.

Amel, E.L. (2011, August). The business of integrating the earth into our
                   curriculum: Sustainability in I/O & consumer psychology.  
                   In A.T. Brook (Chair), Greening Your classes: Incorporating
                   environmental sustainability across the psychology curriculum
                   Symposium at the 116th Annual Convention of the American 
                   Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., Forsman, J.W., & Scott, B.A. (2011, April).
                   Goal specificity, goal difficulty and perceived need to develop
                   skills in the context of environmental sustainability.  Symposium
                   for Society for Human Ecology, Las Vegas, NV.

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2011, April).  To fly or not to fly: 
                   Motivational barriers to sustainable corporate travel.  Invited
                   poster for the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial
                   and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., Forsman, J.W., & Scott, B.A. (2010, April). 
                   Goal specificity and goal acceptance in the context of       
                   environmental sustainability. 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. 

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., Forsman, J.W., & Scott, B.A. (2010, April). 
                   Seeing the world through green-colored glasses? 
                   Openness to experience and organization-wide Environmental
                   sustainability efforts. In C.L.Z. DuBois (Chair), Environmental
                   sustainability: Exploring the dimensions and prediction of green
Symposium for the annual meeting of the Society for
                   Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2009, August). Goal setting feedback
                 and environmental sustainability: The importance of making invisible
                 information visible.  In D.A. DuBois (Chair), Social design for sustainability:
                 Exploring the design characteristics of the organizational ecology.  

                 Symposium for the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, 
                 Chicago, IL.

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A. (2009, April). Employee perceptions
                 and organizational opportunities on the path to going green.  In
                 A. H. Huffman (Chair), “Working” through environmental 
                 issues: The role of the I/O psychologist.
Symposium for the
                 annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational
                 Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Amel, E.L., Scott, B.A., Manning, C.M., & Forsman, J.W. (2009, April). 
                 Increasing Employees’ Green  Behavior:  The role of I/O constructs
                 such as attitudes, norms, motivation, and leadership.  In M. Dela
                 Rosa (Chair), What is I/O psychology’s role in supporting green"
                 business initiatives?
Symposium for the annual meeting of the Society
                 for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Amel, E.L. (2009, April).  The psychology of sustainability.  Invited address
                 for the Annual Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, 
                 Chicago, IL.

Amel, E. L., Manning, C.M., Scott, B. A., Forsman, J. W., & Black, E.M.
                  (2008, November).  You say ANWR, I say NPRA…let’s call the 
                  whole thing off: The effects of framing on willingness to drill for
1st Annual Klima 2008 Conference, Hamburg, Germany via Internet.

Amel, E.L., Scott, B.A., & Manning, C.M.  (2008, September). Many paths lead
                  to green: Differences between parents’ and non-parents’ environmental
                  motivations.  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.  

Amel, E.L., Manning, C.M., & Scott, B.A.  (2008, August).  I/O and conservation
                   psychology: A natural partnership for sustainability. 
                   presented at the 116th Annual Convention of the American 
                   Psychological Association, Boston, MA.  

Amel, E.L., Scott, B.A., Manning, C.M., & Bock, T.S. (2008, April) Creating
                   a sustainable curriculum: Case examples from a psychology
.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 
                   Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Decorah, IA.

Amel, E., Manning, C. and Scott, B.  (2007, November).  Discrepancies between
                    what we say we value versus our daily decisions. 
 Poster session
                    presented at 1st Annual Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference,
                    Sacramento, CA.

Amel, E.L., Scott, B.A., Manning, C.M. & Stinson, J.  (2007, August). I’m not
                     an environmentalist, I just behave like one.  In E. L. Amel (Chair),
                    Conservation psychology in the field.  Symposium conducted 
                    at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological
                    Association, San Francisco, CA. 

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
.  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

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.
              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.