Updated: August 2012


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 form the University of Georgia.

Research Interests

The general area of Alan Stewart's research involves the psychology of weather and climate. He is interested in investigating the contributions of the natural and social environment and ecology to human well-being. This research focus also includes prevention of harm due to natural disasters and the use of human-scaled interactions with the natural environment to maintain or restore psychological health.


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


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

Scope of Interests and Abilities of Potential Doctoral Students

Alan Stewart prefers to work with students who have a demonstrated interest in one of the following areas: 1. the psychology of weather and climate, 2. environmental psychology with a focus on perceiving and attaching to the natural environment, 3. ecological psychology with an emphasis on the contributions of social or physical ecology on well-being. Students who have interests or prior research in seasonal affective disorder, natural disaster mental health, fear of weather/storm phobia, or weather-related risk-taking may be a particularly good fit. It is expected that Stewart's students already have experience and comfort with experimental and non-experimental research methodologies. Applicants with prior demonstrated research skills and abilities that include R, SAS, Systat, SPSS, html, php, and/or javascript also will be particularly competitive in working with Alan Stewart.