Rainer Romero-Canyas

Lead Senior Social Scientist


Areas of expertise:
Social psychology of sustainability; climate change communication; behavioral interventions; experimental design

Rainer Romero-Canyas is a social and personality psychologist and EDF's Lead Senior Social Scientist. His research has focused on the social and cognitive processes that influence how people think, feel and behave around environmental issues. His research at EDF has focused on how people's social identities strongly influence their thoughts, feelings and actions, and on the optimal communication of risk, complex science, and solutions to environmental problems.

In addition to research, Rainer advises EDF and its partners on how to utilize insights from psychological and social sciences in the design of programs and projects at EDF.


Member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Advisory Board member for Root Solutions, Inc.

PhD, Columbia University (Psychology, 2006) BA, Yale University (Psychology, 1998)


Pearson, A. R., Schuldt, J. P., Romero-Canyas, R., Ballew, M. T., & Larson-Konar, D. (2018). Diverse segments of the US public underestimate the environmental concerns of minority and low-income Americans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201804698. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1804698115

Romero-Canyas, R., Larson-Konar, D., Redlawsk, D. P., Borie-Holtz, D., Gaby, K., Langer, S., & Schneider, B. (2018). Bringing the Heat Home: Television Spots about Local Impacts Reduce Global Warming Denialism. Environmental Communication, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2018.1455725