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Jeffrey Perrin

Director, Individually Designed PhD Program

Jeff Perrin

Jeffrey Perrin is the program director of the PhD in Educational Studies: Individually Designed Specialization and Associate Professor of Psychology at Lesley University. Dr. Perrin’s current research focuses on affective responses to natural environments. Centering on aesthetic, spiritual, and experiential engagement, Jeff is primarily interested in exploring the relational unfolding between people and natural places.  At Lesley, Jeff teaches courses focused on the intersection of psychology and the environment including: Ecopsychology, Children and Nature, and Born to Be Wild: The Psychology of Wilderness Experiences.

He has presented his work at national and international conferences. Most recently Jeff has published in the Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Journal of Sustainable Education, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Ecopsychology. He is also trained as a Climate Reality Leader by the Climate Reality Project.

Jeff holds a BA from Trinity College, a MA from University of Michigan, and a PhD from University of New Hampshire.


Perrin, J.L., Mathers, B., Bogusz, C., Brown, C., Hahn, M., & Sheppard, S. (2018). Emotional Responses and Lasting Impressions of Human Encounters with Wild Animals. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 12, 37-46.

Perrin, J.L. (2017). Recognizing Connection to Nature: Perspectives from the Field. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 17:1, 3-13.

Perrin, J.L. & Dumar, P. (2017). Encouraging Revolving Door Usage in a Mixed-Use Building: The Influence of Visual Prompts and Descriptive Social Norms.  The Journal of Sustainability Education, 12.

Perrin, J.L. (2014). Description and lessons learned from four iterations of an Ecopsychology themed course.  Ecopsychology, 7, 29-37.

Kindschy, E., Perrin, J.L., O’Neil, J. (2014). Exploring Women’s Experiences in Ivy League Law School Classrooms. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 2 (4), 82-95.

Perrin, J.L., & Jankauskas, K. (2014). Socially courageous actions: A consideration of intrinsic and extrinsic benefits to the actor and others. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 8(2), 87-97.

Perrin, J.L. (2014). Features of engaging and empowering experiential learning programs for college students. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 11(2) available at  

Perrin, J.L., O’Neil, J.O., Grimes, A., Bryson, L. (2014). Do learners have more to fear than fear itself? The role of fear in law students’ educational experiences. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2, 67-75.

Perrin, J.L. (2012). Social Courage: The Case of Julia Bonds. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6, 135-144.

Perrin, J.L. (2011). Emotional responses to environmental messages and future behavior intentions. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 10, 146-157.

Perrin, J.L., & Benassi, V.A. (2009). The connectedness to nature scale: A measure of emotional connection to nature? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, p. 434-440.