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Carlie Trott


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I am an applied social psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati (UC). My research is driven by the questions, “What does a psychology of transformative social change look like?” and “What psychosocial and structural factors facilitate or impede processes of transformative social change?” Specifically, my solidarity-driven research aims to bring visibility to, and work against the inequitable impacts of climate change, socially and geographically. My work draws upon theories within and beyond psychology (e.g., social movement, feminist, and empowerment theories), employs engaged research methods, and aims to advance social justice and environmental sustainability.

Experience and Interests


  • Global Affiliate Scholar, Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability, UW-Stevens Point (2021-present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Psychology (2018-present)

Research Interests

  • Climate and Environmental Justice
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Political Participation & Social Activism
  • Public Engagement with Science
  • Qualitative and Prefigurative Methodologies

Presentations and Publications


  • Trott, C. D. (2021, March). Envisioning climate just futures: Youth-led community action through the arts. Invited talk at the University of Colorado, Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects, Boulder, CO.
  • Trott, C. D. (2020, October). Psychology and climate change: What are we dealing with and what can we do about it? Invited talk on behalf of the Climate Change and Social Justice Adult Education Group of Congregation Beth Adam, Loveland, OH.
  • Trott, C. D. (2020, June). Educational sustainability for societal transformation: Empowering agency through action. Keynote speech for Educational Sustainability doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
  • Trott, C. D. (2019, December). Climate change engagement: From resistance to agentic action. Invited talk on behalf of the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Trott, C. D. (2017, March). Fostering community resilience to climate change: The role of youth participation. Invited talk on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Climate Stewards Education Project at the National Science Teachers Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA.​


  • Trott, C. D. (2021). Climate change education for transformation: Exploring the affective and attitudinal dimensions of children’s learning and action. Environmental Education Research.
  • Trott, C. D. (2021). Youth-led climate change action: Examining multi-level effects on children, families, and communities. Sustainability, 13(22), 12355.
  • Trott, C. D. (2021). What difference does it make? Exploring the transformative potential of everyday climate crisis activism by children and youth. Children’s Geographies. Advance online publication.
  • Trott, C. D., Rockett, M. L.*, Gray, E.*, Lam, S.*, Even, T. L., & Frame, S. M. (2020).  “Another Haiti starting from the youth”: Integrating the arts and sciences for empowering youth climate justice action in Jacmel, Haiti. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 6(2), 48-70.
  • Trott, C. D. (2020). Children’s constructive climate change engagement: Empowering awareness, agency, and action. Environmental Education Research, 26(4), 532-554.​.
Carlie Trott
Global Affiliate Scholar - Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
Assistant Professor, Community and Organizational Research for Action - University of Cincinnati


Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology
Colorado State University, 2017

M.S. in Applied Social Psychology
Colorado State University, 2013

Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies and Gender Research
Colorado State University, 2013

B.A. in Arts Management
 Columbia College (Chicago), 2007