Elizabeth (Lisa) Nisbet

Associate Professor


M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton University)


Office: DNA C128

Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7855

Email: elizabethnisbet@trentu.ca

Webpage: naturerelatedness.ca




Research interests:


My research focuses on individual differences in subjective connectedness with nature (nature

relatedness or NR) and the links with health, well-being (happiness), and environmentally

sustainable behaviour. Some of the research questions I am investigating are:


1) How does nature contact and exposure to nature images influence human psychological and

physical health (e.g., well-being, happiness, stress and coping);


2) What are the consequences of disconnection from nature for environmental decision-making

and sustainable behaviours;


3) What are the personality correlates (e.g., materialism, Big 5, self-concept/identity) of nature

relatedness and how do life experiences shape NR (e.g., growing up in urban/rural environments);


4) How malleable is connectedness and what interventions influence nature relatedness (e.g.,

environmental education, nature experiences, virtual immersion).




(On leave 2018 Winter Term)

PSYC 3420H-A FA PTBO:                    Motivation and Emotion

PSYC 3770H-A FA PTBO:                    Environmental Psychology

Selected publications:


Nisbet, E. K., & Zelenski, J. M. (2013). The NR-6: A new brief new measure of nature relatedness. 

        Frontiers in Psychology: Personality Science and Individual Differences, 1-11. Published online before print, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00813

Zelenski, J. M., & Nisbet, E. K. (2012). Happiness and feeling connected: The distinct role of

        nature relatedness. Environment and Behavior. Published online before print, doi:



Nisbet, E. K., & Zelenski, J. M. (2011). Underestimating nearby nature:  Affective forecasting

        errors obscure the happy path to sustainability.  Psychological Science, 22(9), 1101-1106.


Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2011). Happiness is in our nature: Exploring

        nature relatedness as a contributor to subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies,

        12, 303-322, doi: 10.1007/s10902-010-9197-7


Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2009). The Nature Relatedness Scale: Linking

        individuals’ connection with nature to environmental concern and behavior. Environment and Behavior, 41, 715-740.


Nisbet, E. K., & Gick, M. L. (2008). Can health psychology help the planet? Applying theory and

        models of health behaviour to environmental actions. Canadian Psychology, 49, 296-303.



Join the lab!


Opportunities are available for bright, motivated, and responsible students to work in the lab and

gain experience in psychological research.  Please email Dr. Nisbet if you are interested.