Susan Clayton received her B.A. from Carleton College in 1982 and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1987. She is a member of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) and a Fellow of Divisions 9 and 34 and of the American Psychological Association. She is the editor of Human Ecology Review, the journal of the Society for Human Ecology. Clayton is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the Journal of Social Issues, and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. She is a past president of Division 34, Population and Environmental Psychology
Clayton's current research focuses on the ways in which people's social identities and relationships reflect interactions with the natural environment, and on how to utilize these relationships to promote environmental conservation. This falls more generally within the emerging subfield of conservation psychology, focusing on the ways in which humans relate to the natural world. Clayton is also interested in research on justice and on identity, including gender as a group identity. She has developed an environmental identity scale, which has shown demonstrated reliability and validity in a number of scales. It is available for research use.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Ethics and Morality
- Gender Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Lerner, M. J., & Clayton, S. (2011). Justice and self-interest: Two fundamental motives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Clayton, S., & Myers, G. (2009). Conservation psychology: Understanding and promoting human care for nature. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
- Clayton, S., & Opotow, S. (Eds.). (2003). Identity and the natural environment: The psychological significance of nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Clayton, S., & Crosby, F. (1992). Justice, gender, and affirmative action. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
- Clayton, S., & Opotow, S. (2003). Justice and identity: Changing perspectives on what is fair. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7(4), 298-310.
- Clayton, S. (2000). New ways of thinking about environmentalism: Models of justice in the environmental debate. Journal of Social Issues, 56(3), 459-474.
- Clayton, S., & Opotow, S. (Eds.). (1994). Green justice: Conceptions of fairness and the natural world. Journal of Social Issues, 50(3), 1-11.
- Clayton, S., Fraser, J., & Saunders, C. (2009). Zoo experiences: Conversations, connections, and concern for animals. Zoo Biology, 28, 377-397.
- Clayton, S. (2007). Domesticated nature: Motivations for gardening and perceptions of environmental impact. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 27, 215-224.
- Clayton, S., & Brook, A. (2005). Can psychology help save the world? A model for conservation psychology. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 5, 87-102.
- Crosby, F., Iyer, A., Clayton, S., & Downing, R. (2003). Affirmative action: Giving psychology away. American Psychologist, 58, 93-115.
- Clayton, S. (1998). Preference for macrojustice versus microjustice in environmental decisions. Environment and Behavior, 30, 162-183.
- Clayton, S. (1996). Reactions to social categorization: Evaluating one argument against affirmative action. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26, 1472-1493.
- Crosby, F., & Clayton, S. (2001). Affirmative action: Psychological contributions to policy. Analysis of Social Issues and Policy, 1(1), 71-87.
- Clayton, S. (2008). Attending to identity: Ideology, group membership, and perceptions of justice. In K. Hegtvedt & J. Clay-Warner (Eds.), Advances in group processes: Justice (pp. 241-266). Bingley, UK: Emerald.
- Clayton, S. (1996). What is fair in the environmental debate? In L. Montada & M. J. Lerner (Eds.), Current societal concerns about justice (pp. 195-211). New York: Plenum.
- Environmental Psychology
- Peace and Conflict
- Protecting Nature: The Why and How of Conservation
- Psychology of Women and Gender
- Social Psychology
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