Nathan Geiger

Nathan Geiger

Media School, Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Social Psychology, Penn State University, 2018
  • M.S., Social Psychology, Penn State University, 2015
  • B.A., Psychology, Texas Tech University, 2010
  • B.S., Biology, Texas Tech University, 2010

Research interests

Public engagement

Social norms

Pluralistic ignorance

Emotions and motivation

Representative publications

Development and psychometric evaluation of the Personal Growth Initiative Scale–II (2012)
Christine Robitschek, Matthew W Ashton, Cynthia C Spering, Nathaniel Geiger, Danielle Byers, G Christian Schotts ...
Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59 (2), 274

Climate of silence: Pluralistic ignorance as a barrier to climate change discussion (2016)
Nathaniel Geiger and Janet K Swim
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47 79-90

Creating a climate for change: Interventions, efficacy and public discussion about climate change (2017)
Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K Swim and John Fraser
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51 104-116

Teaching the choir to sing: use of social science information to promote public discourse on climate change (2014)
Janet K Swim, John Fraser and Nathaniel Geiger
Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, 91-117

From alarmed to dismissive of climate change: A single item assessment of individual differences in concern and issue involvement (2017)
Janet K Swim and Nathaniel Geiger
Environmental Communication, 568-586

Psychology and energy-use reduction policies (2014)
Janet K Swim, Nathaniel Geiger and Stephanie J Zawadzki
Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1 (1), 180-188

Catalyzing public engagement with climate change through informal science learning centers (2017)
Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K Swim, John Fraser and Kate Flinner
Science Communication, 39 (2), 221-249

Climate change education at nature‐based museums (2017)
Janet K Swim, Nathaniel Geiger, John Fraser and Nette Pletcher
Curator: The Museum Journal, 60 (1), 101-119

The gendered nature of stereotypes about climate change opinion groups (2018)
Janet K Swim and Nathaniel Geiger
Group Processes and Intergroup Relations,

Everyone loves a success story: optimism inspires conservation engagement (2019)
Dominic McAfee, Zoë A Doubleday, Nathaniel Geiger and Sean D Connell
BioScience, 69 (4), 274-281

Social construction of scientifically grounded climate change discussions (2018)
Janet K Swim, Nathaniel Geiger, Julie Sweetland and John Fraser
Academic Press. 65-93

Psychological, Social, and Cultural Barriers to Communicating about Climate Change (2017)
Nathaniel Geiger, Brianna L. Middlewood and Janet K. Swim
Oxford University Press.

Gendered impressions of issue publics as predictors of climate activism (2018)
Nathaniel Geiger and Janet Kay Swim
Frontiers in Communication, 3 54

Spread the Green Word: A Social Community Perspective Into Environmentally Sustainable Behavior (2019)
Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K Swim and Leland Glenna
Environment and Behavior, 51 (5), 561-589

Observing environmental destruction stimulates neural activation in networks associated with empathic responses (2017)
Nathaniel Geiger, Caitlin R Bowman, Tracy L Clouthier, Anthony J Nelson and Reginald B Adams
Social Justice Research, 30 (4), 300-322