Skip to main content

Heather Barnes Truelove


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 cooperative agreement with CRESP
  • Water, energy, and behavior in a changing climate in Sri Lanka
    • Collaborators: Lanka Thabrew, Amanda Carrico, George Hornberger, Jim Fraser, and Jonathan Gilligan
  • Climate Cognition Project
    • Collaborators: Amanda Carrico, Michael Vandenbergh, Leslie Kirby, and Ken Wallston 
  • 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

Truelove, H. B. & Greenberg, M. (accepted). Who has become more open to nuclear power because of climate change? Climatic Change. 

Truelove, H. B. (accepted). Energy source perceptions and policy support: Image associations, emotional evaluations, and cognitive beliefs. Energy Policy.

Truelove, H. B. & Parks, C. D. (accepted). Perceptions of behaviors that cause and mitigate global warming and intention to perform these behaviors. Journal of Environmental Psychology.  

Greenberg, M., Popper, F., & Truelove, H. B. (in press). Are LULUs still enduringly objectionable? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 

Truelove, H. B. & Greenberg, M. (2011). Preferences for government investment in energy programs: Support for new energy production vs. energy conservation. Environmental Practice, 13, 184-197.

Greenberg, M., & Truelove, H. B. (2011). Energy choices and risk beliefs: Is it just global warming and fear of a nuclear power plant accident? Risk Analysis, 31, 819-831.

Greenberg, M., & Truelove, H. B. (2010). Right answers and right-wrong answers: Sources of information influencing knowledge of nuclear-related information. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 44, 130-140.

Joireman, J., Truelove, H. B., & Duell, B. (2010). Effect of outdoor temperature, heat primes, and anchoring on belief in global warming. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 358-367.

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. (2012). 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-revise and resubmit.

Recent presentations

Truelove, H. B., Greenberg, M. & Powers, C. W. (November 2010). Climate change beliefs and support for nuclear and other energy sources. Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Sacramento, California. 

Truelove, H. B., & Parks, C. (July 2010). An examination of the role of efficacy in intention to mitigate climate change: Self-efficacy, response efficacy, collective efficacy, and collective response efficacy. International Congress on Applied Psychology. Melbourne, Australia. 

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.