"The Psychology of Energy Dependence and Climate Change"

Urbana University Student Center

11/01/2013 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

URBANA, Ohio (October 25, 2013) - The public is invited to attend the presentation by Dr. Kirk L. Rowe, sponsored by Urbana University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room on the main level of the Student Center. The program is entitled, "The Psychology of Energy Dependence and Climate Change: Why is this so hard?"

America's enormous energy appetite and the encroachment of climate change are two issues that affect all of us.  The presentation will discuss the psychology of America's energy consumption. The psychological processes entailed in changing human behavior in order to move away from fossil fuels toward cleaner, renewable and alternative resources to power our planet and our lives more efficiently and respectfully will be presented.

Lt. Col. Kirk L. Rowe is a clinical neuropsychologist and the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Director at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He oversees the training for 6 psychology residents with the assistance of 13 other contract, civilian, and active duty psychologists.  In 2006 he co-authored a book on Crisis Negotiations and was also a leader in addressing the obesity epidemic while stationed in Misawa, Japan.  For the past 4 years, Lt. Col. Rowe has been an invited guest speaker on the topic of The Psychology of Climate Change and Energy Dependence within the Air Force as well as at numerous universities. He has also spoken on the topic of Men, Relationships, and Suicide as well as the influence of technology on relationships.  Finally, he has been an invited guest speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Lt. Col. Rowe is married to Christina Rowe who is also a psychologist and former Captain in the Air Force.  They have two children, Meredith 15 and Forrest who is 12.

For more information on this presentation, contact the office for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 937-484-1374.