Milene Z. Morfei

Professor of Psychology and Sustainability
"I thoroughly enjoy sharing the subject matter that I love with engaged students. The seminar format of our upper-level classes often promotes the kinds of intellectual discussions found in graduate school settings. It's an excellent venue for encouraging students to think critically about the ways in which psychological research and theory can be applied to real-world problems."
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Professor Morfei's research interests have previously focused on adult self-development, with a particular emphasis on midlife adults and their concern for the next generation. Her most recent work reflects her own generative concern for her students and for the planet that they will inherit. Her current scholarship and teaching are focused on applying psychological concepts to change environmentally destructive behavior and to promote sustainability at Wells College.


1989 B.A. Wells College
1994 M.S. Syracuse University
1997 Ph.D. Syracuse University

Select Publications

Morfei, M.Z. (2013). Psychology, Sustainability, and Sense of Place. In W.P. Boring & W. Forbes (Eds.), Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (pp. 144 –151.). Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

Morfei, M.Z. (2014). Presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education titled, “Innovative Pedagogies: Linking Learning to Communities.” Portland, OR, Oct. 26 – 29.

Morfei, M.Z. (2014). Invited talk at the Association for Continuing Education titled, “Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Behavior with Applied Psychology.” Case Western Reserve, OH, Oct. 13.

Morfei, M.Z. (2014). Invited workshop on the Psychology of Environmental Sustainability for the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. Princeton University, April, 2014.

Courses Taught

General Psychology
Organizational Behavior
Forensic Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology of Environmental Sustainability
Adult Development and Aging
Senior Seminar in Psychology

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