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Heather Barnes Truelove

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Heather Truelove

Office: Buttrick 162

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-343-1154
Fax: 615-322-7012

Recent Resume / CV


Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation


  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • M.A., General Psychology, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Hamilton Holt School, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, 2008-2009
  • Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Department, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, 2004-2005

Research Interests

  • Social psychology of proenvironmental behavior
  • Attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of energy sources (especially nuclear)
  • Climate change beliefs and risk perceptions
  • Influences on performance of individual behaviors that mitigate climate change
  • Household and farmer water and energy use behaviors in Sri Lanka

Research Projects

  • Stakeholder understanding, attitudes and support for nuclear power and other energy sources
    • Collaborators: Chuck Powers, Mike Greenberg (Rutgers University), Marc Weiner (Rutgers University), Joanna Burger (Rutgers University)
    • Funding support: DOE grant to CRESP
  • Comparative life cycle assessment of nuclear and coal electricity generation
    • Collaborators: Lanka Thabrew, Bethany Smith, David Kosson, Ray Wymer, Jim Clarke, George Hornberger, Chuck Powers
  • Water, energy, and behavior in a changing climate in Sri Lanka
    • Collaborators: Lanka Thabrew, Amanda Carrico, George Hornberger, Jim Fraser, Jonathan Gilligan
  • Tailored communication approach for changing energy behaviors
    • Collaborators: Amanda Carrico, Ken Wallston, Patti Marshman-Goldblatt (Cause Connections), Ken Shore (Blue Chip), Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez (Human Dimensions Research Associates)
  • Influences on household and travel-related energy behaviors
    • Collaborators: Craig Parks (Washington State University), Jeff Joireman (Washington State University), Blythe Duell (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)

Recent Publications

Greenberg, M., & Truelove, H. B. (in press). Right answers and right-wrong answers: Sources of information influencing knowledge of nuclear-related information. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Joireman, J., Truelove, H. B., & Duell, B. (in press). Effect of outdoor temperature, heat primes, and anchoring on belief in global warming. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Truelove, H. B., & Joireman, J. (2009). Understanding the relationship between Christian orthodoxy and environmentalism: The mediating role of perceived environmental consequences. Environment and Behavior, 41, 806-820.

Joireman, J., Posey, D., Truelove, H. B., & Parks, C. (2009). The environmentalist who cried drought: Reactions to repeated warnings about depleting resources under conditions of uncertainty. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, 181-192.

Manuscripts Under Review

Truelove, H. B. (2010). The role of efficacy in intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Self-efficacy, response efficacy, collective efficacy and collective response efficacy. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Greenberg, M., & Truelove, H. B. (2010). Energy choices and perceived risks: Is it just global warming and fear of a nuclear power plant accident? Manuscript submitted for publication.

Truelove, H. B., & Greenberg, M. (2010). Preferences for government investment in energy programs: Support for new energy production vs. energy conservation. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Truelove, H. B., & Parks, C. D. (2009). Perceptions of behaviors that cause and mitigate global warming. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Recent presentations

Truelove, H. B., & Parks, C. (February 2009). Global warming (mis)perceptions. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Tampa, FL.

Truelove, H. B., & Parks, C. (June 2008). Will you do 10 things to stop global warming? Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Chicago, IL.

Truelove, H. B., & Joireman, J. (February, 2008). Why are Christians less environmental? The mediating role of awareness of environmental consequences. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Albuquerque, NM.

Truelove, H. B., Joireman, J., Posey, D., Spencer, A., & Hoffer, N. (July 2007). The End is Near: The Impact of Anchors, Warnings, and Consideration of Future Consequences on Consumption in a Resource Dilemma. International Conference on Social Dilemmas. Seattle, WA.