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Alexander Maki

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Alex Maki

Alex Maki

Office: Buttrick 162

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240

Phone: 615-322-9690
Fax: 615-322-7012


Title

Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment
Climate Change Research Network

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • B.A.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

Research Interests

My formal training is in social psychology, and my research generally considers why people preserve the natural environment, why people help one another, and what we can do to make these "proenvironmental" and "prosocial" behaviors a more common occurrence.

My current research examines when and how individuals spread their proenvironmental behaviors to other (the “spread of behavior”), the factors that make it more likely people will engage in a range of proenvironmental behaviors across contexts (the “spillover of behavior”), and why some people successfully engage in proenvironmental behaviors over time (the “maintenance of behavior”).

Research Projects

  • The spillover of proenvironmental behavior across workplace and home settings.
    • Collaborators: Mark Cohen, Jonathan Gilligan, Kaitlin Toner Raimi, Michael Vandenbergh
  • The spillover of proenvironmental behavior across distinct types of proenvironmental behaviors.
    • Collaborators: Amanda Carrico, Kaitlin Toner Raimi, Heather Truelove

  • Understanding and correcting myths about carbon-intensive behaviors.
    • Collaborators:  Michael Vandenbergh, Kaitlin Toner Raimi 

Representative Publications & Talks

Publications

Dwyer, P. C.*, Maki, A.*, & Rothman, A. J. (2015). Promoting energy conservation behavior in public settings: The influence of social norms and personal responsibility. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 41, 30-34. (* shared first author) 

Snyder, M., & Maki, A. (2015). Volunteerism, psychology of. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition (pp. 268-272). Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science. 

Maki, A., Dwyer, P. C., & Snyder, M. (forthcoming). Understanding national service: Perspectives from psychological theory and research on volunteerism and prosocial behavior. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. 

Maki, A., & Lauber, J. (2012). UMore Park: Culture and community action plan. The Sustainable Community at UMore Park: Aspirational Goals and Action Plan for Sustainability, Minneapolis, MN: UMore Development LLC. 

Manuscripts under review 

Maki, A.*, Dwyer, P. C.*, & Snyder, M. Time perspective and volunteerism: The importance of focusing on the future. Under review at Journal of Social Psychology. (* shared first author) 

Maki, A., & Snyder, M. Appreciating similarities and differences between volunteer behaviors: Development of a volunteer interest typology. Under review at Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.  

Maki, A., Vitriol, J., Dwyer, P. C., Kim, J. S., & Snyder, M. The Helping Orientations Inventory: Measuring propensities to provide autonomy and dependency help. Under review at Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Sheeran, P., Maki, A., Montanaro, E., Bryan, A., Klein, W. M. P., Miles, E., & Rothman, A. J. The impact of changing attitudes, norms, and self-efficacy on health-related intentions and behavior: A meta-analysis. Under review at Health Psychology

Manuscripts in preparation 

Maki, A., Burns, R., Ha., L., & Rothman, A. J. Paying people to protect the environment: A meta-analysis of incentive interventions to promote proenvironmental behaviors. 

Maki, A., Gabrielsen, S., Dwyer, P. C., Snyder, M., & Gonzalez, R. Help giving after natural disasters: Responses to the 2010 earthquake in Chile. 

Maki, A., & Rothman, A. J. Proenvironmental intentions and behaviors: Does the setting and type of behavior matter? 

Maki, A., Snyder, M., & Rothman, A. J. The spread of behavior: When and how do proenvironmental behaviors spread to other people and other behaviors? 

Maki, A., Snyder, M., & Rothman, A. J. Who tries to spread their proenvironmental behaviors spread to other people and other behaviors? 

Vitriol, J., Maki, A., & Snyder, M. Acting with conviction: On the role of moral and religious conviction in the Minnesota same-sex marriage constitutional amendment vote. Under review at Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. 

Select recent conference proceedings 

Kim, J. S., Maki, A., Vitriol, J. A., Dwyer, P. C., & Snyder, M. (2015). Establishing construct validity for a measure of dispositional helping preferences, looking at regulatory focus, time perspective, and adult attachment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA. 

Maki, A., Burns, R. J., Ha, L., & Rothman, A. J. (2015). Paying people to protect the environment: A meta-analysis of incentive interventions to promote proenvironmental behaviors. Paper presented at the Sustainability Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA. 

Stuart, J., Maki, A.,, & Rothman, A. J. (2015). Who intends to spread their environmental behaviors to others? Comparing environmental attitudes and moral beliefs. Poster presented at the annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, St. Paul, MN. 

Bryan, A., Maki, A., Montanaro, E., Rothman, A. J., & Sheeran, P. (2014). Does changing theory-based health cognitions change intentions and behavior? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. 

Maki, A., & Rothman, A. J. (2014). Environmental intentions and behaviors: Does the setting and the type of behavior matter? Paper presented at the Institute on the Environment’s Sustainability Symposium, St. Paul, MN. 

Maki, A., & Rothman, A. J. (2014). When addressing social problems involves multiple behaviors: The distinct predictors of intentions to use reusable bags and refuse disposable bags. Poster presented at the Sustainability Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX. 

Maki, A., Vitriol, J., Dwyer, P. C., Kim, J. S., & Snyder, M. (2014). Developing measures of autonomy and dependency helping orientations. Paper presented at the biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues convention, Portland, OR. 

Maki, A., Vitriol, J., & Snyder, M. (2014). Acting with conviction: On the role of moral and religious conviction in the Minnesota same-sex marriage constitutional amendment vote. Paper presented at the biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues convention, Portland, OR. 

Maki, A., Montanaro, E., Caldwell-Hooper, A., Bryan, A., Rothman, A. J., & Sheeran, P. (2013). The effect of changing attitudes, norms, or self-efficacy on health intentions and behavior: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA. 

Maki, A., & Snyder, M. (2013). Dispositional predictors of volunteering: Creating a typology of volunteer behaviors. Poster presented at the Division 9 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues programming at APA Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.  

Professional Website: www.alexmaki.com