Alexander Maki



Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Institute for Energy and Environment


Vanderbilt University


Alexander Maki ( is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2015. His research uses theory-based behavior change interventions to understand and influence behaviors in environmental (e.g., energy use), health (e.g., dietary choices), and prosocial (e.g., volunteerism) contexts. Specifically, he is interested in how interventions can help people initiate and maintain changes to multiple, related behaviors over time (e.g., help people both conserve energy and water at home). He also examines the social dynamics surrounding environmental behaviors, including who chooses to talk to other people (e.g., friends or family) about environmental issues, and how we can help people have more constructive conversations about important environmental issues, including climate change.