Dr. Stokols is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Urban Planning and Public Policy, in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. He served as Director of the Program in Social Ecology from 1988-1992 and as and Founding Dean of the School of Social Ecology from 1992-1998. Stokols holds joint appointments in the Program in Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and School of Nursing Science at UCI. He is past President of APA's Division of Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology and served as a Council Member for SPSSI (Division 9 of APA, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) and as a Board member of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).
Stokols' research focuses on the study of people’s transactions with their social and physical environments—especially how they influence personal and public health. His research, classroom teaching, and graduate mentorship at UCI span the fields of social ecology, environmental psychology, urban planning, epidemiology, and public health. Some of his current work is in the ‘science of team science’ and investigates factors that affect the collaborative success of transdisciplinary research and training programs. Other research focuses on the health and behavioral impacts of environmental stressors like traffic congestion, crowding, and information overload; applications of environmental design research to urban planning; and the environmental psychology of the Internet, especially the ways that qualities of virtual life affect people’s behavior and well-being.
Stokols is author of a new book, Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World, which will be published by Academic Press/Elsevier in Fall 2017 (see the Publications section for a description of the book). He is co-author of Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress (1986) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's report on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (2015). Stokols co-edited the Handbook of Environmental Psychology (1987), Environmental Simulation (1993), and Promoting Human Wellness (2002). Stokols served as Scientific Consultant to the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and as a member of NCI’s Science of Team Science (SciTS) team between 2005-2011. He is currently a Team Science Evaluation Consultant for the National Academies of Science-Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) for promoting interdisciplinary research.
Stokols' academic honors include the Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association, the Newman-Proshansky Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology, the Science of Team Science Career Recognition Award, UCI's Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the School of Social Ecology, and UCI's Lauds & Laurels Faculty Achievement Award.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Group Processes
- Health Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Internet and Virtual Psychology
- Interpersonal Processes
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Organizational Behavior
- Sociology, Social Networks
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- Jamner, M., & Stokols, D. (Eds.). (2000). Promoting human wellness: New frontiers for research, practice, and policy. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
- Stokols, D. (in press). Social ecology in the digital age: Solving complex problems in a globalized world. New York: Academic Press/Elsevier.
- Stokols, D., & Altman, I. (Eds.). (1987). Handbook of environmental psychology, Volumes 1 and 2. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
- Hall, K., Stokols, D., Stipelman, B., Vogel, A., Feng, A., Masimore, B., Morgan, G., Moser, R. P., Marcus, S. E., & Berrigan, D. (2012). Assessing the value of team science: A study comparing center- and investigator-initiated grants. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(2), 157-163.
- Misra, S., & Stokols, D. (2012). Psychological and health outcomes of perceived information overload. Environment & Behavior, 44(6), 737-759.
- Misra, S., Stokols, D., & Heberger-Marino, A. (2012). Using norm-based appeals to increase response rates in evaluation research: A field experiment. American Journal of Evaluation.
- Stokols, D. (2006). Toward a science of transdisciplinary action research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 63-77.
- Stokols, D. (1996). Translating social ecological theory into guidelines for community health promotion. American Journal of Health Promotion, 10, 282-298.
- Stokols, D. (1995). The paradox of environmental psychology. American Psychologist, 50, 821-837.
- Stokols, D. (1992). Establishing and maintaining healthy environments: Toward a social ecology of health promotion. American Psychologist, 47, 6-22.
- Stokols, D., Fuqua, J., Gress, J., Harvey, R., Phillips, K., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Unger, J., Palmer, P., Clark, M., Colby, S., Morgan, G., & Trochim, W. (2003). Evaluating transdisciplinary science. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 5, S-1, S21-S39.
- Stokols, D., Harvey, R., Gress, J., Fuqua, J., & Phillips, K. (2005). In vivo studies of transdisciplinary scientific collaboration: Lessons learned and implications for active living research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28(2S2), 202-213.
- Stokols, D., Lejano, R., & Hipp, J. (2013). Enhancing the resilience of human-environment systems: A social ecological perspective. Ecol & Society, 18(1): 7.
- Stokols, D., Misra, S., Runnerstrom, M., & Hipp, A. (2009). Psychology in an age of ecological crisis: From personal angst to collective action. American Psychologist, 64(3), 181-193.
- Stokols, D., Pelletier, K. R., & Fielding, J. E. (1995). Integration of medical care and worksite health promotion. Journal of the American Medical Association, 273, 1136-1142.
- Stokols, D. (2014). Training the next generation of transdisciplinarians. In O'Rourke, M.O., Crowley, S., Eigenbrode, S.D., Wulfhorst, J.D. (Eds.), Enhancing communication & collaboration in interdisciplinary research. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 56-81
- Stokols, D. (2003). The ecology of human strengths. In L. G. Aspinwall & U. M. Staudinger (Eds.), A psychology of human strengths: Fundamental questions and future directions for a positive psychology (pp. 331-343). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Stokols, D., Hall, K. L., Taylor, B. K., & Moser, R. P. (2008). The science of team science: Overview of the field and introduction to the supplement. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 35(2S), 77-89.
- Stokols, D., Hall, K.L., & Vogel, A.L. (2013). Transdisciplinary public health: Core characteristics, definitions, and strategies for success. In Haire-Joshu, D., & McBride, T.D. (Eds.), Transdisciplinary public health: Research, methods, and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 3-30.
- Stokols, D., & Montero, M. (2002). Toward an environmental psychology of the Internet. In R. Bechtel & A. Churchman (Eds.), Handbook of Environmental Psychology (pp. 661-675). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
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University of California, Irvine
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