Sari Nijssen, MSc PhD

After obtaining her MSc (Dist.) in Cognitive Science at University College London (UK), Sari Nijssen completed her PhD in 2021 at Radboud University (the Netherlands). In her PhD project, Sari investigated the role of anthropomorphism in human-robot interaction. Upon completion of her PhD project, she worked as Assistant Professor investigating the psychology of sustainability at Radboud University. Sari has now joined the Environmental Psychology Group at the University of Vienna with a special interest in psychological moderators of pro-environmental behavior. In her research, she employs a wide range of methods, including panel surveys, behavioral lab experiments, neurophysiological experiments, and RCTs.

Besides her academic career, Sari has been committed to the implementation of psychological insights in society. Alongside her academic appointments, she has worked as a freelance behavioural consultant for various organisations and co-founded the non-profit Behavior Change Foundation, which is dedicated to employing psychological insights to address societal issues in the Global South.

 Curriculum Vitae

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 Sari's recent publications

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Vlasceanu M, Doell KC, Bak-Coleman JB, Todorova B, Berkebile-Weinberg MM, Grayson SJ et al. Addressing climate change with behavioral science: A global intervention tournament in 63 countries. Science Advances. 2024 Feb 7;10(6):eadj5778. doi: 10.31234/, 10.1126/sciadv.adj5778


Nijssen SRR, Müller BCN, Gallinat J, Kühn S. Applying persuasive messages to reduce public outdoor smoking: A pseudo-randomized controlled trial. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. 2023 Feb;15(1):337-353. Epub 2022 Jun 29. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12382

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