Dr. Katherine M. Lacasse

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Department, Office, or School
Department of Psychology
  • Associate Professor

Dr. Lacasse is on sabbatical for the Fall 2023 semester.


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Clark University
M.A., Social Psychology, Clark University
B.A., Psychology, Providence College

Selected Publications

Moore, F. C., Lacasse, K., Mach, K. J., Shin, Y. A., Gross, L. J., & Beckage, B. (2022). Determinants of emissions pathways in the coupled climate-social system. Nature, 603, 103-111. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04423-8

DeSalvo, N., Lacasse, K., & Jackson, T. (2022). Gender norms shape perceived threat to self and others and mask wearing behavior in response to COVID-19. Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1037/tps0000328

Shin, Y. A., Lacasse, K., Beckage, B., & Gross, L. (2022). How coupled is coupled human-natural systems research? Ecology and Society, 27(3), 4. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-13228-270304

*Refulio-Coronado, S. M., Lacasse, K., Dalton, T., Humphries, A., Basu, S., Uchida, H., & Uchida, E. (2021). Coastal and marine socio-ecological systems: A systematic review of the literature. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 648006. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.648006

Beckage, B., Lacasse, K., Winter, J. M., Gross, L. J., Fefferman, N., Hoffman, F. M., Metcalf, S. S., Franck, T., Carr, E., Zia, A., & Kinzig, A. (2020). The Earth has humans, so why don’t our climate models? Climatic Change, 163, 181-188. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02897-x

Lacasse, K., & Jackson, T. E. (2019). Conformity to masculine norms predicts men’s decision-making regarding a new male contraceptive. Culture, Health, & Sexuality, 2(10), 1128-1144. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2019.1658806

Lacasse, K. (2019). Can’t hurt, might help: Examining the spillover effects from purposefully adopting a new pro-environmental behavior. Environment & Behavior, 51(3), 259-287. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916517748164

Beckage, B., Gross, L., Lacasse, K., Carr, E., Metcalf, S., Winter, J., Howe, P., Fefferman, N., Frank, T., Zia, A., Kinzig, A., & Hoffman, F. (2018). Linking models of human behavior and climate alters projected climate change. Nature Climate Change, 8, 79–84. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-017-0031-7

Lacasse, K. (2017). Going with your gut: How William James’ theory of emotions brings insights to risk perception and decision-making research. New Ideas in Psychology, 46, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2015.09.002

Lacasse, K. (2016). Don't be satisfied, identify! Strengthening positive spillover by connecting pro-environmental behaviors to an "environmentalist" label. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 48, 149-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.09.006


Research: Behavior & Attitude Change, Environmental Sustainability, Risk-Perception and Decision-Making, Socio-Environmental Systems, Emotions as Motivators, Intergroup Relations

Teaching: Social Psychology, Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Internships in Psychology, Psychology of Environmental Issues​