2014: Ruth-Anne Poli

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

In 2010, Ruth-Anne began her master's degree under the supervision of Dr. Donald A. Hantula at Temple University in his decision lab, which focuses on behavioral economics. For her thesis, she conducted a meta-analysis of pro-environmental interventions. In 2012, Ruth-Anne started her industrial-organizational (I-O) doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. E. Scott Geller, Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems (CABS) in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. Her research combines I-O psychology and study of environmentally responsible behaviors. She aims to conduct large-scale community interventions that combine the best features of single-subject design and statistical analysis to focus on behavior change that can be maintained. Ruth-Anne's current research is designed to change and sustain an Actively Caring for People (AC4P) Movement for pro-environmental behavior at Virginia Tech and throughout the Blacksburg, VA, community. The AC4P Movement was initiated at Virginia Tech after the tragedy on April 16, 2007, that took the lives of 32 faculty and students. Since then students have been conducting research, preparing scholarship, and delivering presentations to spread the AC4P Movement worldwide. 


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