Daniel A. DeCaro, PhD

Assistant Professor (Term)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor (Term), 
University of Louisville, 2013. · Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Urban and Public Affairs · Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, 2013-present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Visiting Scholar
, Indiana University Bloomington · The Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis, 2010-13


Ph.D. Psychology, Miami University, 2010

Research Interests

My research examines motivation and decision-making processes in individuals and groups, with a focus on applying psychological science to environmental policy and sustainability.

Brief Bio

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist. My background is in cognitive and social psychology, with an applied interest in the conditions that promote the social sustainability of environmental institutions. I obtained my Ph.D. in motivation and decision-making processes from Miami University in 2010. Afterward, I began a postdoctoral research position with Nobelist Elinor Ostrom at the Indiana University Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, where I began my research on the psychological determinants of self-governance and voluntary rule compliance in common-pool resource situations. I am now an Assistant Professor (Term) at the University of Louisville Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility. My position is interdisciplinary and held jointly among three departments, enabling me to continue conducting crosscutting field and laboratory experiments on the psychological underpinnings of sustainable environmental behavior and effective environmental management, as well as teach interdisciplinary courses in urban sustainability and psychological science.



PSYC 301 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology

PSYC 414 - Environmental Psychology - WR


PLAN 680 - Urban Environments and Sustainability

PLAN 680 - Behavior and Environmental Sustainability