Lavallee, Dr. Loraine

Lavallee, Dr. Loraine
PhD (University of British Columbia) Assistant Professor
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Dr. Lavallee received her PhD in social psychology from UBC in 2000 and took a faculty position at UNBC that same year. She has an interdisciplinary background having completed a BA in history and a research fellowship in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. She is past Chair of the Environmental Section of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Research and Expertise

Very generally, my research within the field of conservation psychology is focused on the impact of the socio-cultural context on the individuals’ ability to live sustainably and happily. I study socio-cultural factors, such as globalization and neo-liberalism, that disconnect individuals from their environmental impact and investigate radical ways to reconnection individuals to the environment, such as personal cap and trade systems. Ultimately, I am interested in conservation initiatives that also improve individual well-being,

Research Fields:
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychology
  • Sustainability
Areas of Expertise:

Conservation psychology, cultural values, social psychology

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MSc Psychology
  • PhD Psychology
  • MA Natural Resources & Biology

I consider graduate student applicants who can demonstrate an interest in at least one of the following areas: socio-cultural or social-economic conservation initiatives, methods for reconnecting the individual to their environmental impact, conservation initiatives that can improve individual well-being, the impact of globalization and neo-liberalism on individual well-being.

Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

Lavallee, L. F. & Hadley, L. (2021). Getting to sustainable living: The individual within complex collective problems. Psynopsis-Climate Change Issue, 43 (2), 18-19.