Elise Amel portrait

Elise Amel

Professor of Psychology & Director of Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI)
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994
(651) 962-5046
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5046
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 Research Methods, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Psychology for Sustainability.  Her research interests include how individual differences such as mindfulness and personality relate to how individuals approach environmental sustainability, the types of goals best suited to obtaining a sustainable lifestyle or work ethic, and the role that leaders and organizational systems impact sustainable human behavior.  She has directed St. Thomas' Environmental Studies program; co-created the Sustainable Communities Partnership which links St. Thomas courses across disciplines to city-identified, high-priority sustainability projects; created and leads culture change as Director of Office of Sustainability Initiatives; has served as President for the Society of Environmental, Population & Conservation Psychology; and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Awards & Honors

John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar, 2019
APA Division 34 Fellow, 2018
MN CERTs Women in Energy, March 2017
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

Recent Publications

Manning, C., Mangas H., Amel, E., Tank, H., Humes, L., Foo, R. Sidlova, V., Cargos, K.(2018). Psychological distance and response to human versus non-human victimsof climate change. In W.Leal Filho, R.W. Marans & J. Callewaert (Eds.),Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research (pp. 143-161).DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-67122-2_8   

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. Click here to view the abstract of this publication. Click here to view the full text of this publication.

Amel, E. Manning, C., Koger, S., Scott, B., & Ruedi B. (2017).  Can eco-leadership save the planet?  AAAS/NSF Science in the Classroom Annotated Research. Papers and Accompanying Teaching Materials.http://www.scienceintheclassroom.org/

Scott, B.A., 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. (2018, November). Fostering collective effort toward ecosystem conservation. Presentation at Science and the Future 2, Torino, Italy.                   

Amel, E.L. & Manning, C.M. (2018, August). Goal specificity, climate change distance frames, and goal commitment.  In S. Dreyer (Chair).  The Who, What and How of Responses to climate Initiatives.  Symposium presentation for the 123rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Amel, E.L. & Manning, C.M. (2017, November).  The effect of psychological distance frames on motivation toward environmental action.  In J.F. Andersen (Chair), Linking Science and Social Issues.  Session at SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis MN.

Amel, E.L., Dahmus, M.E., Greco, M., Kraus, T., Reisner, M., Vargo, J. (2017, September). University-City Collaboration toward Sustainable Systems.  Symposium for the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Pella, IA.  

Amel, E.L., (2017, August).  Here or there or anywhere?  The effect of distance frames on self-determination. In R. Sussman (Chair), Framing Sustainability.  Symposium presentation for the 122nd 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 121st 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., (2013, June).  Effective integration of sustainability into business, social science and humanities courses using ecological worldview principles.  In K. Holman (Chair), Integrating environmental education in the academy abd community:  Global efforts and insights from practitioners in the field.  Symposium for the 19th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Estes Park, CO. 

Selected Student Papers

Heller, A. Krengel, S., Mulugeta M., Johnson, A.J., Nakabuye, L.F.,  & Amel, E.L. (2018, April). Demographic Predictors of Awareness and Satisfaction with Campus Racial Climate. Poster submitted to 2018 Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.  

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.

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