Carlie D. Trott, Ph.D.

I am an applied social psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati (UC). 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?” Specifically, my solidarity-driven research aims to bring visibility to, and work against the inequitable impacts of climate change, socially and geographically. 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 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 creativity, and social and environmental action.

I teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in UC’s department of psychology, and I advise psychology doctoral students in UC’s Community and Organizational Research for Action (CORA) program. (I do not advise students in UC's Clinical Psychology program.)

  • Climate & Environmental Justice

  • Participatory Action Research

  • Political Participation & Social Activism

  • Public Engagement with Science

  • Qualitative & Prefigurative Methodologies


Ph.D.     Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO                  2017

  Area: Applied Social Psychology                                             

M.S.        Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO                  2013

 Area: Applied Social Psychology 

 Graduate Certificate: Women’s Studies & Gender Research  

B.A.        Columbia College, Chicago, IL                                         2007

  Major: Arts Management, summa cum laude

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