About Us

 

The Center for Behavior and Climate (CBC)
The Center for Behavior and Climate's (CBC) mission is to make a difference in climate change through transformative education. Specifically, we educate climate professionals, college and high school students, and individual learners about climate science, climate solutions, and behavioral approaches to climate solutions. CBC is a new division of Behavior Development Solutions and an outgrowth of our educational work.

 

Behavior Development Solutions (BDS)
Since 1998, BDS has helped tens of thousands of people successfully learn by applying the scientific principles and methods of applied behavior analysis  to the development of online instruction. We use specific measurable objectives to teach the discriminations necessary to ensure that those objectives are learned. We then provide plenty of practice to ensure retention. Our CBA Learning Module Series is the premier exam prep and curriculum supplement for behavior analysts in training to become Board Certified.

 

Caroly Shumway, Ph.D., Director, Center for Behavior and Climate
Dr. Shumway is passionate about making a difference on climate change through education, inspired by her grandfather, Dr. Roger Revelle, one of the earliest scientists recognizing human impacts on CO2. Caroly works to advance the study and use of behavioral science in the climate change field, enhance climate action and climate literacy, and educate climate professionals. Upcoming climate change education efforts include scaling up behavior change to organizations, behavior change and climate adaptation, and nature-based solutions to climate adaptation. Trained in the study of brain and behavior, Caroly wrote about the need to consider behavior in conservation over twenty years ago and has applied behavior change in stormwater messaging, value-based conservation, and aquarium exhibit design. Caroly has 25 years of experience in behavior change, sustainable development, natural resource management and conservation, policy, research, and outreach in Africa, Asia, South Pacific, and the U.S., working in government, nonprofits, and academia. In 2016-2017, she was USAID's Chief Scientist for the Global Development Lab, Senior Science Advisor to USAID's Administrator, and Director of the Center for Development Research; she has also been Executive Director of three environmental nonprofits and held senior positions at The Nature Conservancy and the New England Aquarium. Caroly received a BA in Biology from Wellesley College, a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Caltech, Boston University, and the Marine Biological Lab. She is a recipient of the Capranica Award in Neuroethology and author of 27 publications.

 

Stephen Eversole, Ed.D., BCBA-D, President of Behavior Development Solutions
 Dr. Eversole was inspired to become a "behaviorist" in a high school psychology class after reading "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" by B. F. Skinner.  He remained inspired, receiving his M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University in 1984 and his Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kentucky in 1995.  That same year Dr. Eversole began dabbling in computer-based training and in 1998 founded Behavior Development Solutions—makers of the CBA Learning Module Series, CE products, and other training materials. Steve has practiced behavior analysis for over 35 years, working with a variety of special needs populations including individuals with autism, mental retardation, and severe emotional disturbances.  Dr. Eversole has also taught classes on behavior analysis and presented research findings at professional conferences.  Dr. Eversole’s current research interest is in instructional design and its application to teaching both inside and outside the field of behavior analysis.  In 2019, Dr. Eversole was inspired to commit the resources of Behavior Development Solutions to the issue of our time--climate change.  Thus, the Center for Behavior and Climate was founded.

 

COLLABORATORS

Emma De Roy, M.Sc.
 Emma is an early career professional whose work and research operates at the nexus of environmental science, behavioural science, and sustainable development. Over the past seven years, she has worked in academic, non-profit, and international development organizations. She currently supports grassroots initiatives through her work with the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Emma previously worked at the Green Climate Fund supporting the Independent Evaluation Unit’s evidence synthesis and the Unit’s Behaviour and Design Lab, which used behavioural insights to increase the sustainability of development interventions. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Behaviour, Cognition, and Neurology and a Masters in Environmental Science

 

Rebecca Edgecumbe, MA, BCBA
 Rebecca Edgecumbe is inspired to utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to address climate change.  She earned her BS in psychology from the University of Washington, and went on to earn a MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.  After several years of working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  With the Center for Behavior and Climate, Rebecca is merging her educational background and 20 years of professional experience in ABA with her lifelong interest in the environment and conservation. Rebecca is currently interested in motivating others to learn more about climate change and to take action to address this critical, existential issue at an individual and societal level.

 

 INTERNS

 Summer, 2022

Elli Gurguliatos, Project and Marketing Intern

 Elli Gurguliatos is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College studying Biology and Anthropology. She is passionate about combating climate change and firmly believes that education is the most valuable resource available in creating awareness and promoting positive change. On Wellesley’s campus, Elli is a senator for Wellesley College Student Government serving on the Communications Committee, a residential staff member, and a teacher at the Wellesley Community Children’s Center. Elli is also an active member of the Greek Orthodox community in the Greater Boston area. Prior to this position, she worked in her community to establish a tutoring program for local middle school students in need of additional support during online learning in the 2020-2021 school year, focusing on mentorship, promoting community service, and finding ways to present information in a remote, accessible manner. Elli loves to spend her free time in nature by walking, hiking, and kayaking throughout New England. 

 

Angela Pan, Project Intern

 Angela Pan is currently an undergraduate student at Cornell University double-majoring in Government and China & Asia Pacific Studies and an incoming J.D. candidate at Cornell Law School. She has a strong interest in environmental governance, sustainable development, and environmental law, and is passionate about climate solutions and environmental policies. She is a member of the International Student Union, Cornell Speech and Debate Society, and a volunteer in College Mentor for Kids. She previously worked for the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center, exploring U.S.-China climate cooperation, solutions to the plastic crisis, and the climate-food nexus. She was a research assistant at Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability with Dr. Juliet Lu, working on sustainable rubber chain and green aid project. She has worked for environmental NGOs in China, organizing environmental campaigns and researching sustainability issues of foreign direct investments.

 

Summer, 2021

Hazel Park, Intern
 Hazel Park is currently an undergraduate student at Cornell University studying Environment & Sustainability, with a double minor in Climate Change and Public Policy. She is motivated to further analyze the social underpinnings, like successful policymaking and climate education, in order to efficiently tackle climate change. On campus, she is involved as Programming Director of Cornell’s KASA, a member of Epsilon Eta, student volunteer for the Elephant Listening Project, and Residential Sustainability Leader. Before this position, she worked as a Sustainability and Outreach Associate at the Green Chamber of Commerce where she did research and outreach work with NGOs in Europe, Africa, and Asia, to collaborate and further initiatives of the Global Climate Pledge.

 

Duncan Cady, Intern
 Duncan Cady is an undergraduate student at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Government Public Policy and Inequality Studies. Environmental sustainability and climate change education are close to his heart. Growing up in Northern California, he loves being in and around nature, spending his free time at home kayaking, hiking, and doing photography around the San Francisco Bay Area. After Hurricane Maria, Duncan participated in a student community service and climate change action program through National Geographic. There he worked in both rural and urban areas of Puerto Rico in the agricultural and industrial recovery efforts; focusing on promoting a sustainable and self-sufficient food network and clean carbon footprint with local activists and leaders. At Cornell, Duncan is involved in the Student Assembly where he serves as the Students with Disabilities Representative and as a student liaison to the University Assembly, as well as being insvolved in the Cornell Political Union, where he is part of the Great Society Caucus leadership.
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