DEA/COGSCI/PSYCHOLOGY 1500 Introduction to Human Environment Relations
Introduction to how the physical environment and human behavior inter-relate. How are health, emotions, performance, interpersonal relationships, and organizational effectiveness, influenced by the physical environment? We also examine the flip side of this focus. How do human attitudes and behaviors affect the environment? Issues of cultural and economic diversity are integrated throughout. The course is organized into four major sections, each devoted to one setting: Home, City, Work, and Earth. Within each section various Human-Environment Relations Processes are discussed. Each of these processes helps explain how and why human behavior and the environment inter-relate. Two examples of HER processes are privacy and environmental attitudes. Each section ends with several case studies illustrating how these HER Processes can be put to work to improve human health and welfare, as well as the conditions of our environment. Every other week hands on exercises and projects are conducted in small discussion sections in lieu of lecture. An optional Writing in the Major section is available to all students.
DEA/HD Poverty, Children, and the Environment
This seminar develops an ecological perspective on poverty, examining how the physical and social contexts of disadvantage shape child development. We learn about the influence of childhood disadvantage on biology and health as well as children's cognitive and socioemotional development. Then we examine how the settings disadvantaged children grow up in contribute to their development throughout the life course.
HE 3100 Mentoring in Higher Education
Human Ecology upperclassmen who are mentors in the College Partnership Program take this seminar as part of their preparation and support for their work as mentors with incoming students to the College. This course is also a Writing in the Major seminar. Topics include: mentoring, adult development, peer counseling, cross-cultural counseling, racism, minorities in higher education and in the professions.
Kim, P., Evans, G.W., Angstadt, M., Ho, S., Sripada, C.S., Swain, J.E., Liberzon, I., & Phan, K.L. (2014). Effects of childhood poverty and chronic stress on emotional regulatory brain function in adulthood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 18442-18447.
Crook, S.R., & Evans, G.W. (2014). The role of planning skills in the income-achievement gap. Child Development, 85, 405-411.
Evans, G.W., Li, D., & Whipple, S.S. (2013). Cumulative risk and child development. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 1342-1396.
Evans, G.W., & Kim, P. (2012). Childhood poverty and young adult allostatic load: The mediating role of childhood cumulative risk exposure. Psychological Science, 23, 979-983.
Evans, G.W., Chen, E., Miller, G.E., & Seeman, T.E. (2012). How poverty gets under the skin: A lifecourse perspective. In V. Maholmes & R. King (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of poverty and child development (pp. 13-36). New York: Oxford University Press.
Evans, G.W., & Kutcher, R. (2011). Loosening the link between childhood poverty and adolescent smoking and obesity: The protective effects of social capital. Psychological Science, 22, 3-7.
Evans, G.W. & Wachs, T.D. (Eds.). (2010). Chaos and its influence on children's development: An ecological perspective. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Evans, G.W. & Schamberg, M.A. (2009). Childhood poverty, chronic stress, and adult working memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 6545-6549.
Evans et al. (2007). Young children's environmental attitudes and behaviors. Environment and Behavior, 39, 635-659.
Evans, G.W. (2006). Child development and the physical environment. Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 423-451.
Evans, G.W., et. al. (2005). The role of chaos in poverty and children's socioemotional adjustment. Psychological Science, 16, 560-565.
Evans, G.W. (2004). The environment of childhood poverty. American Psychologist, 59, 77-92.