Carlie Trott

Carlie D. Trott

Assistant Professor

Edwards Center

4130G EDWARDS 1

A&S Psychology - 0376

Professional Summary

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?” In this, 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. 

Themes in my current research include: (1) Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Developing community-based, participatory, and arts-based methodologies to promote agency and collaborative action to address environmental problems in local settings; (2) Community Partnerships: Employing community-engaged research methods (e.g., participatory action research) to strengthen community resilience, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhance undergraduate higher education; and (3) STEM Engagement: Applying interdisciplinary and action-based educational approaches to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) engagement by marginalized groups.

Methodologically, my research is guided by the question, “What types of research approaches contribute to enabling—or enacting—transformative social change?”, or put differently, “How can we, as researchers, best position ourselves to bring about a more just and sustainable world through our methodological choices?” In this area, my current research explores the concept and practice of Prefigurative Methodologies, or applying means-ends consistency (i.e., “being the change”) in research and collaboration. Much of my work revolves around broad inclusivity, democratic engagement, reflective practice, methodological innovation, and social and environmental action.

I teach undergraduate and graduate-level psychology courses, and I advise psychology doctoral students in UC’s Community and Organizational Research for Action (CORA) program.*

My professional homepage is: https://www.cdtrott.com/.

*I do not advise students in the Clinical program.

Education

Ph.D.: Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO, 2017 (Applied Social Psychology)

M.S.: Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO, 2013 (Applied Social Psychology)

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

Positions and Work Experience

2017 -2018 . Postdoctoral Research Fellow., Conducted research and evaluation of NSF-funded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach initiatives, with a focus on climate science and sustainability., STEM Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Research Support

Grant: #R40749 Investigators:Trott, Carlie 07-01-2019 -12-31-2020 UC's AHSS Faculty Research Summer Stipend Program Collaborating with Communities for Resilient Ecosystems using Arts-based STEM Education and Participatory Mapping in Jacmel, Haiti Role:PI $9,996.38 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #M16536 Investigators:Trott, Carlie 08-01-2019 -07-31-2020 UC's Launch Awards Spring Semester Research Launch Awards Role:PI $2,500.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #Local- and State-Level Policy Work Award Investigators:Trott, Carlie 01-01-2022 -12-31-2022 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Multi-Phase Approach to Equity-Driven Climate Policy Planning in Cincinnati: Centering Neighborhood-level Perspectives (backdoor) Role:PI 2000.00 Hold Level:Non Profit

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Trott, C. D., Weinberg, A. E., & Sample McMeeking, L. B. (2018). Prefiguring sustainability through participatory action research experiences for undergraduates: Reflections and recommendations for student development. Sustainability, 10, 1-21. doi:10.3390/su10093332 More Information

Weinberg, A. E., Trott, C. D., & Sample McMeeking, L. B. (2018). Who produces knowledge? Transforming undergraduate students’ views of science through participatory action research. Science Education, 102, 1155-1175. doi:10.1002/sce.21453 More Information

Trott, C. D., Even, T. L., & Frame, S. (2020). Merging the arts and sciences for collaborative sustainability action: A methodological framework. Sustainability Science, 15(4), 1067-1085. doi:10.1007/s11625-020-00798-7 More Information

Trott, C. D. (2016). Constructing alternatives: Envisioning a critical psychology of prefigurative politics. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4(1), 266-285. doi:10.5964/jspp.v4i1.520 More Information

Trott, C. D. (2020). Children’s constructive climate change engagement: Empowering awareness, agency, and action. Environmental Education Research, 26(4), 532-554. doi:10.1080/13504622.2019.1675594 More Information

Weinberg, A. E., Trott, C. D., Wakefield, W.*, Merritt, E. G., Archambault, L. M. (2020). Looking inward, outward, and forward: Exploring the process of transformative learning in teacher education for a sustainable future. Sustainability Science, 15, 1767-1787. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00831-9 More Information

Trott, C. D., Sample McMeeking, L. B., Bowker, C. L., & Boyd, K. J. (2020). Exploring the long-term academic and career impacts of undergraduate research in science: A case study. Journal of Geoscience Education, 68(1), 65-79. doi:10.1080/10899995.2019.1591146 More Information

Jacquez, F., Trott, C. D., Wren, A. R.*, Ashraf, L. J.*, & Williams, S. E. (2020). Dream It! Preliminary evidence for an educational tool to increase children’s optimistic thinking. Child and Youth Care Forum, 49(6), 877-892. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-020-09561-6 More Information

Trott, C. D. & Weinberg, A. E. (2020). Science education for sustainability: Strengthening children’s science engagement through climate change learning and action. Sustainability, 12(16), 6400. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166400 More Information

Trott, C. D. (2019). Reshaping our world: Collaborating with children for community-based climate change action. Action Research, 17(1), 42-62. doi:10.1177/1476750319829209 More Information

Unanue, I., Patel, S. G., Tormala, T. T., Trott, C. D., Piazza Rodríguez, A., Méndez Serrano, K, & Brown, L. M. (2020). Seeing more clearly: Communities transforming towards justice in post-Hurricane Puerto Rico. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 6(2). 22-47.

Trott, C. D., Sample McMeeking, L. B., & Weinberg, A. E. (2020). Participatory action research experiences for undergraduates: Forging critical connections through community engagement. Studies in Higher Education, 45(11), 2260-2273. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1602759 More Information

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. (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. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2020.1870663 More Information

Trott, C. D. (2021). Youth-led climate change action: Examining multi-level effects on children, families, and communities. Sustainability, 13(22), 12355. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212355 More Information

Trott, C. D. (2021). Climate change education for transformation: Exploring the affective and attitudinal dimensions of children’s learning and action. Environmental Education Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2021.2007223 More Information

Book Chapter

Chapman, D., Trott, C. D., Silka, L., Lickel, B., & Clayton, S. (2018). Psychological perspectives on community resilience and climate change: Insights, examples, and directions for future research. In S. Clayton & C. Manning (Eds.), Psychology and climate change: Human perceptions, impacts, and responses (pp. 267-288). Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-813130-5.00011-4

Harman, J. J., Kaufman, M. R., Aoki, E., & Trott, C. D. (2014). Sexual network partners in Tanzania: Labels, power, and the systemic muting of women’s health and identity. In H. Pishwa & R. Schulze (Eds.), The expression of inequality in interaction: Power, dominance, and status (pp. 49-79). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/pbns.248.03har

Trott, C. D. (2021). Process (vs. event). In M. Baker , B. B. Blaagaard, H. Jones, & L. Pérez-González (Eds.), The Routledge encyclopedia of citizen media (pp. 331-336). London: Routledge.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Trott, C. D. (2017. ) 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. (2016. ) Youth take on climate change: Superpowers not required .Invited talk in L. Peek (Chair), Collaboration in a changing environment: Working with vulnerable populations, Natural Resources Ecology Lab: Managing for Climate Change Series, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Sample McMeeking, L. B., Trott, C. D., L. B., Bowker, C. L., & Boyd, K. (2016. ) Longitudinal impacts of undergraduate research: Exploring students’ perspectives and diversity outcomes in geoscience .Invited talk on behalf of University Distinguished Professor V. Chandrasekar to the Chengdu University for Information, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Trott, C. D. (2016. ) Science, Camera, Action!: Climate change education for action through photovoice .Invited talk at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Boulder Climate Change Workshop, Boulder, CO.

Trott, C. D., & McCulloch, J. (2016. ) Science, Camera, Action!: Empowering youth climate change action in Northern Colorado .Invited talk at the 18th Annual City of Fort Collins Educator’s Workshop: Inspiring Civic Engagement through STEM, Fort Collins, CO.

Trott, C. D. (2015. ) Engaging youth in climate education and action: Navigating complexities and finding solutions .Invited talk at the 17th Annual City of Fort Collins Educator’s Workshop: Climate Change in the Classroom, Fort Collins, CO.

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. (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. (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. (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. (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.

Paper Presentations

Sample McMeeking, L. B., Weinberg, A. E., & Trott, C. D. (2017. ) Integrated mathematics and science education: A scoping review .Lexington, KY.

Trott, C. D. (2016. ) Science, Camera, Action!: A photovoice project for youth climate change engagement .Denver, CO.

Trott, C. D. (2016. ) Rising to the challenge: Exploring barriers to youth participation in climate action .Brighton, United Kingdom.

Sample McMeeking, L. B., Trott, C. D., Bowker, C. L., & Boyd, K. (2015. ) Long-term academic and career impacts of undergraduate research: Diverse pathways to geoscience careers following a summer atmospheric science research internship .San Francisco, CA.

Trott, C. D. (2015. ) Men’s work-family views from academic science: Insights and policy implications .Washington, D.C..

Trott, C. D. (2015. ) Constructing alternatives: Critical implications for the psychological study of prefigurative politics .London, United Kingdom.

Trott, C. D., Byess, J., Stevens, S., & Beckman, E. (2015. ) Why be a feminist? Perspectives on feminism and activism by female college students .San Francisco, CA.

Trott, C. D., & Canetto, S. S. (2014. ) Female graduate students’ perceptions of careers in STEM academia .Berlin, Germany.

Canetto, S. S., & Trott, C. D., & Ogle, A. (2013. ) Life and career designing among men in STEM higher education .Padova, Italy.

Stevens, S., Trott, C. D., Canetto, S. S. (2013. ) Women who choose engineering: Asian foreign national women in U.S. doctoral programs explain their choice .Salt Lake City, UT.

Harman, J. J., Kaufman, M. R., Aoki, E. & Trott, C. D. (2013. ) Sexual network partners in Tanzania: Labels, power, and social identity .New Orleans, LA.

Trott, C. D., & Canetto, S. S. (2012. ) The abuse of women’s human rights: Explanations and actions from psychology .Barcelona, Spain.

Even, T. L., Trott, C. D., Frame, S., Cristophe, H., & Youdlii, J. (2019, March). Lives of Water: An arts-based environmental education program in Jacmel, Haiti. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, OR.

Gray, E.*, Lam, S.*, Courtney, H., Roncker, J.A., Rockett, M. L.*& Trott, C. D. (2021, June). Empowerment through the arts: Haitian youth use photography to facilitate the climate justice conversation. In M. Fernandes-Jesus, B. Barnes & R. Diniz (Chairs), Communities reclaiming power and social justice in the face of climate change [Symposium]. The 11th European Conference on Community Psychology, Oslo, Norway.

Gray, E.*, Lam, S.*, Roncker, J. A.*, Courtney, R. H.*, Rockett, M. L.*, Trott, C. D. (2021, June). Resisting dominant narratives through youth-led climate justice action in Jacmel, Haiti. In K. Reimer-Watts (Chair), From the Ground Up: Community Empowerment for Climate and Sustainability Justice.Symposium presentation given at the 18th Biennial [Virtual] Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action.

Lam, S.*, Gray, E.*, Malloy, D.*, Trott, C. D. (2021, June). Exploring children’s critical climate change consciousness through photovoice: From science learning to personal connection-making for intergenerational justice. In K. Reimer-Watts (Chair), From the Ground Up: Community Empowerment for Climate and Sustainability Justice. Symposium presentation given at the 18th Biennial [Virtual] Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action.

Reimer-Watts, K.*, Trott, C. D., & Riemer, M. (2021, June). Convoking a radical imaginary for climate justice: The role of community psychology. In K. Reimer-Watts (Chair), From the Ground Up: Community Empowerment for Climate and Sustainability Justice. Symposium presentation given at the 18th Biennial [Virtual] Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action.

Symposium

Trott, C. D. (2018. ) Collaborating with children for climate justice: Empowering agency through action .International Society for Justice Research, Atlanta, GA.

Trott, C. D. (2017. ) Views of careers and family choices by women in science graduate school .Washington, DC.

Trott, C. D. (2017. ) Children’s climate change engagement: Building agency and community sustainability .Albuquerque, NM.

Trott, C. D. (2016. ) Engaging key stakeholders in climate action: A youth-based photovoice project .Minneapolis, MN.

Weill, J. & Trott, C. D. (2015. ) Impacting policy early in your career: Exploring diverse opportunities .Washington, DC.

Trott, C. D. (2015. ) Defining the political: A critical bifocal analysis of students’ political identities and activism .Toronto, Ontario.

Sample McMeeking, L. B., Trott, C. D., & Weinberg, A. E. (2018. ) Participatory action research experiences for undergraduates: Exploring challenges and opportunities of a coordinated approach .Columbus, OH.

Silka, L., Trott, C. D., & Mancoll, S. (2017. ) Climate change collaborations: Engaging in regional partnerships, outreach, and advocacy .Albuquerque, NM.

Hackett, K., Trott, C. D., & Cavanaugh, C. (2017. ) On the politics and potentialities of community-based research by students .Albuquerque, NM.

Trott, C. D. (2017. ) Raising carbon consciousness through Energy Bingo .Los Angeles, CA.

Trott, C. D. (2016. ) Bridging divides: Expanding psychology’s role in climate change efforts and alliances .Denver, CO.

Trott, C.D. (2019, June). Collaborating with children for climate justice: Empowering agency through action. In C. D. Trott (Chair), Case studies in creating cultures of sustainability through community and organizational partnerships. Symposium presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Lam, S.*, Kirkendall, A. K.*, Carver, N. S.*, Dutt, A., & Trott, C. D. (2019, October). Cultures of activism in the academy: Facilitating a critical dialogue among students. Interactive discussion co-facilitated at the 43rd Midwest Ecological-Community Psychology conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lisle, IL.

Riemer, M., Harré, N., Pellman, J. &, Trott, C. D. (2019, June). Community psychology and cultures of sustainability. Interactive discussion co-facilitated at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Even, T. L., Trott, C. D., Frame, S., Cristophe, H., & Youdlii, J. (2019, June). Innovation in international community action research collaborations: Art, science, and action for sustainability transformations in Jacmel, Haiti. Audiovisual interactive discussion co-facilitated at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Lam, S.*, Trott, C. D., Even, T. L., Dutt, A., & Hackett, K. (2019, June). Prefigurative methodologies in community psychology: How can researchers contribute to the creation of just social change now?. Interactive discussion co-facilitated at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Trott, C. D., Hackett, K., & Dutt, A. (2018, October). Instantiating social change through prefigurative methodologies. Roundtable discussion conducted at the 42nd Midwest Ecological-Community Psychology conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Keywords

climate change, sustainability, STEM, participatory action research, community research, agency, activism, prefigurative politics, children, youth, transformative change

Contact Information

https://www.cdtrott.com/