Ruth Kermish-Allen of Appleton, Maine, Named Conservation Psychology Fellow at Antioch University New England

Keene, NH (May 21, 2015)—Ruth Kermish-Allen of Appleton, Maine, is the 2015 doctoral fellow for Antioch University New England’s Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI), a multi-day workshop featuring some of the leading researchers in the field. Conservation psychology is the science and practice of understanding and promoting human care for nature; appreciating our relationship with the natural world; and encouraging people to act on behalf of that relationship.

This year’s CPI will take place in Keene, New Hampshire, from June 14 to 17. Participants will engage in exploring a range of approaches from individual behavior change to community resilience. They will practice applying conservation psychology research to problems in real-world settings.

“Connecting my expertise as a designer of environmental education experiences with the foundations of conservation psychology has given me far more powerful tools to enable learners and programs to move from just gaining an understanding of environmental problems to taking action on environmental problems to create the change they want to see in their own communities,” says Kermish-Allen.

Kermish-Allen is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies at AUNE. She serves as the executive director of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.  Her other research interests include developing strategies for incorporating distance learning technology in extremely rural schools, technology-infused environmental education models, and innovative professional development models for rural schools.  Her current research focuses on defining design elements for non-hierarchical online learning communities for use in citizen science projects fostering environmental action.

For more information, visit: http://www.antiochne.edu/2015-conservation-psychology-institute/

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