Chair, 2016-2017

Loraine Lavallee, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C.,
Canada V2N 4Z9
Tel: +1(250) 960-6500
Fax: +1(250) 960-5744



Why do some people recycle and others don’t? How can we encourage more people to use public transportation? What can we do to make inner cities more lively and safe?

If questions like these interest you, join our section. Our members study the relationships between behaviour and the physical environment, both built and natural. Areas of interests include: management of scare natural resources; psychological effects of lighting, noise, and extreme environments; territoriality and personal space; and perception and evaluation of buildings.

Members of our section receive the section newsletter and are subscribed to an e-mail discussion list. The annual section fee for members of CPA is $15.00 for Members/Fellows and $5.00 for Student Affiliates. Individuals who are not members of CPA can join the Behaviour-Environment Interest Group (BEInG) and become members of our section for an annual fee of $15.00. These fees support the communication activities of the section, the student research award and the costs associated with invited speakers at the CPA Convention.

Read our Section By-laws

News and Events from the Section

    Robert Sommer Student research Award winners;
    • 2016 - Emmanuelle Gagné (Université Laval)
    • 2015 - Colin Capaldi (Carleton University)

What is Environmental Psychology?

Environmental Psychology covers a wide variety of research topics. It can be described on a continuum that ranges from the study of the impact of spatial-physical environment on human behaviour to the influence of human behaviour on the natural environment, and sustainable development. At one end of this continuum, human behaviour is conceived as a consequence of a built physical environment. At the other end of the continuum, human behaviour is conceived as a cause of the physical environment. To find out more about specific research topics on Environmental Psychology check out the page on Research Topics

Getting In Touch With the Membership

Current section members can send an email to the membership of the section using this email address:

Get Involved with the Section

If you are interested in getting involved with this section please contact our chair, Loraine Lavallee (

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Environmental Section's Website

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Current events, announcements and conference information can also be found on the Environmental Psychology blog. If you “follow” the blog you will receive an email when there are new posts to it.