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)


Lewis, N. A., Bravo, M., Naiman, S., Pearson, A. R., Romero-Canyas, R., Schuldt, J. P., & Song, H. (2020). Using qualitative approaches to improve quantitative inferences in environmental psychology. MethodsX, 7, 100943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2020.100943

Song, H., Lewis, N. A., Ballew, M. T., Bravo, M., Davydova, J., Gao, H. O., Garcia, R. J., Hiltner, S., Naiman, S. M., Pearson, A. R., Romero-Canyas, R., & Schuldt, J. P. (2020). What counts as an “environmental” issue? Differences in issue conceptualization by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101404. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101404

Romero-Canyas, R., & Hiltner, S. (2020). Scaling Up and Out: Psychological Science in the Service of Promoting Sustainable Consumption: Scaling Up and Out. Journal of Social Issues. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12375

Marin-Monroy, E. A., Romero-Canyas, R., Fraire-Cervantes, J. A., Larson-Konar, D., & Fujita, R. (2020). Compliance with rights-based fisheries management is associated with fishermen’s perceptions of peer compliance and experience: A case study in the Upper Gulf of California. Ocean & Coastal Management, 189, 105155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2020.105155

Hardisty, D. J., Beall, A. T., Lubowski, R., Petsonk, A., & Romero-Canyas, R. (2019). A carbon price by another name may seem sweeter: Consumers prefer upstream offsets to downstream taxes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 66, 101342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101342

Lu, H., Romero-Canyas, R., Hiltner, S., Neltner, T., McCormick, L., & Niederdeppe, J. (2019). Research to Move Toward Evidence-Based Recommendations for Lead Service Line Disclosure Policies in Home Buying and Home Renting Scenarios. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6), 963. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060963

Hiltner, S., Romero-Canyas, R., McCormick, L., & Neltner, T. (2019). Using online tools to publicize lead service line locations and promote replacement. AWWA Water Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/aws2.1124