Updated: October 2015


Dr. Alan E. Stewart
Weather & Climate Psychologist
The University of Georgia
College of Education
Vox: 706.542.1812
aeswx at uga dot edu

Biographical Information

Alan Stewart is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development.  He joined the Georgia faculty in 2002.  He is a 1994 graduate of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Georgia.  He completed his undergraduate and masters degrees in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a native of the Charlotte area. He holds an undergraduate certificate in Atmospheric Science from the University of Georgia.

Research Interests

Alan Stewart's research involves the psychology of weather and climate. He is interested in investigating the relationships between the atmospheric environment and human psychological functioning. This research focus includes environmental perception, weather and emotion, weather-related risk-taking and self-efficacy, and weather science and safety education for the K-12 grades.


Alan Stewart is a past President of the Society of Population, Environmental and Conservation Psychology (Division 34) of the American Psychological Association.


Research Methods in Counseling and Human Development, Introduction to Mental Health and Community Counseling, Research Methods in Counseling Psychology.

Scope of Interests and Abilities of Potential Doctoral Students

For Alan Stewart to take on a new doctoral student as his advisee, the student should have a clearly-defined interest in within the psychology of weather and climate. Students who have interests or prior research experience in seasonal affective disorder, natural hazards, fear of weather/storm phobia, or weather-related risk-taking may be a particularly good fit.

It is expected that the student will work rather exclusively with Dr. Stewart and will be only minimally involved with other faculty or research teams.

Ideally, doctoral program applicants who wish to work with Dr. Stewart will have some experience and skills in experimental psychology (e. g., psychophysiological recording, eye-tracking), have skill and comfort in working with computers (e. g., R, SAS, html, php or javascript), and have serious aspirations for pursuing an academic career rather than one involving professional counseling practice.

Students wishing to work with Dr. Stewart should contact him directly before the doctoral application process.