Professor Wesley Schultz is an expert in the areas of behavior and attitude change, conservation psychology, and statistics. His work in these areas has examined the psychological process of social influence, particularly as they apply to environmental behaviors. In addition to his teaching and scholarly work at the university, he maintains an active schedule of training and consulting with public and private organizations interested in applying the basic principles of social psychology.
Over the past 10 years, Professor Schultz has published numerous scientific papers, written or edited multiple books, and given more than 100 professional presentations at scientific societies, universities, and private organizations around the world. His work is recognized internationally, and he has given recent presentations in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Spain.
As an applied researcher, Professor Schultz has worked with many governmental, nongovernmental, and corporate entities. A sample of the organizations he has worked with includes Southern California Edison, U.S. Department of Energy, the Hewlett Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, PepsiCo, the San Diego Zoological Society, Keep America Beautiful, California Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Justice, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Academy of Sciences. Of particular note are recent projects focused on the behavioral dimensions of environmental issues, including climate change, energy conservation, resource conservation, and science training programs.
The guiding philosophy behind his work is to make psychology useful. As a discipline, psychology is the scientific study of behavior. Over the past 100 years, the field has amassed a tremendous base of knowledge about human behavior. Unfortunately, this knowledge is underutilized. Many organizations create programs, design business plans, or implement policies that are based on invalid assumptions about human behavior. Through his teaching, writing, and research activities, Professor Schultz strives to provide people working in a range of industries with the behavioral science tools and methods that will help them to succeed.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Pathways to Connectedness
A response to “How can zoos and aquariums foster cultures of care and conservation?”
- The FlexiTwins Game
Play Dr. Wesley Schultz's game measuring individual connectedness with nature, and get your own score.