Elizabeth (Lisa) Nisbet
M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton University)
Office: DNA C128
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7855
My research focuses on individual differences in subjective connectedness with nature (nature
relatedness or NR) and the links with health, well-being (happiness), and environmentally
sustainable behaviour. Some of the research questions I am investigating are:
1) How does nature contact and exposure to nature images influence human psychological and
physical health (e.g., well-being, happiness, stress and coping);
2) What are the consequences of disconnection from nature for environmental decision-making
and sustainable behaviours;
3) What are the personality correlates (e.g., materialism, Big 5, self-concept/identity) of nature
relatedness and how do life experiences shape NR (e.g., growing up in urban/rural environments);
4) How malleable is connectedness and what interventions influence nature relatedness (e.g.,
environmental education, nature experiences, virtual immersion).
PSYC 3420H-A FA PTBO: Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 3750H-A FA PTBO: Health Psychology
PSYC-1030H-A WI PTBO: Introduction to Psychology Part II - Social and Personality Perspectives.
PSYC-1030H-B WI PTBO: Introduction to Psychology Part II - Social and Personality Perspectives.
Zelenski, J. M., &Nisbet, E. K. (2012). Happiness and feeling connected: The distinct role of
nature relatedness. Environment and Behavior. Published online before print, doi:
Nisbet, E. K., &Zelenski, J. M. (2011). Underestimating nearby nature: Affective forecasting
errors obscure the happy path to sustainability. Psychological Science, 22(9), 1101-1106.
Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2011). Happiness is in our nature: Exploring
nature relatedness as a contributor to subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies,
12, 303-322, doi: 10.1007/s10902-010-9197-7
Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2009). The Nature Relatedness Scale: Linking
individuals’ connection with nature to environmental concern and behavior. Environment and Behavior,
Nisbet, E. K., &Gick, M. L. (2008). Can health psychology help the planet? Applying theory and
models of health behaviour to environmental actions. Canadian Psychology, 49, 296-303.
Join the lab!
Opportunities are available for bright, motivated, and responsible students to work in the lab and
gain experience in psychological research. Please email Dr. Nisbet if you are interested.