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Photo of Patricia Winter taken by Jacob Winter at UCR Botanical Gardens

Patricia L. Winter

Emerita Scientist
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
United States

Phone: 951-680-1557
Fax: 951-680-1501
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Current Research

Current Studies
  • Effects of Climate Change on Outdoor Recreation in the Sierra Nevada Bioregion (with Dr. José J. Sánchez & David D. Olson of PSW, part of the recreation and infrastructure vulnerability assessment with Pacific Southwest Region, WO office of Climate Change and Sustainability, PNW, and University of Washington)

  • Urban Tree Planting Preferences (with Dr. Nora Davis, supported by Pacific Southwest Region, State and Private Forestry and City Plants)
  • Connecting City of Riverside Residents with Nature: Implementation and Evaluation of Place-Based and Virtual Approaches (with Riverside Metropolitan Museum and Dr. Pamela Padgett of PSW)
  • Recreation and Incidental Exposure to Risk (with Dr. Pamela Padgett of PSW)
  • Recreation, Education and Liveability (REal) Imapcts for Affluent and Disadvantaged Los Angeles (with Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn of California Polytechnic University, Pomona)
  • Re-Energizing the Federal Women's Special Emphasis Program

Research Interests

My research interests include underlying factors in environmentally sustainable behaviors paired with approaches and tools to foster them; dynamics of social trust in natural resource management; considerations of cultural diversity in recreation service delivery and communications; perceptions of risk and influences on related attitudes and actions; and sustainable recreation and tourism.

Past Research

Evaluation of the Get to Know Program connecting youth with nature.

The role of natural history museums in connecting youth with nature.

Components of trust and salient values similarity between the Forest Service and publics.

Risks and decision making among federal fire managers.

The Proenvironmental Behavior Change Model and Environmental Intervention Handbook with Dr. Shawn Burn of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Normative messaging and social influence in environmental responsibility.

Serving diverse publics through communications and recreation opportunities.

Why This Research is Important

These research areas help inform our understanding of how the Forest Service and other agencies can apply the best available science to protect natural resources, provide recreation and other natural resource based opportunities to a diverse public, and reach out to individuals disengaged from either the agency or the natural environment.


  • The Claremont Graduate School, Ph.D. Psychology 1990
  • The Claremont Graduate School, M.A. Psychology 1984
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A. Psychology 1980

Professional Experience

  • Research Social Scientist, Pacific Southwest Research Station
    1992 - Current
  • Lecturer in Psychology, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
    1990 - 1992
  • Lecturer in Psychology, Claremont McKenna College
    1991 - 1991
  • Lecturer in Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
    1988 - 1991
  • Lecturer in Psychology; Adjunct Faculty in Psychology, Chaffey College
    1985 - 1990
  • Research Coordinator, Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine, Pomona
    1984 - 1988
  • Intern and External Consultant, Kaiser Permanente, Organizational Effectiveness
    1983 - 1984
  • Research Assistant, Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine, Pomona
    1981 - 1983

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (2017 - )
  • Western Psychological Association, Member
  • Society for Risk Analysis, Member
  • American Psychological Association, Member

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Research Highlights


Community Environmentalism

Findings suggest that ethnically diverse publics may find motivation for environmentalism through a commitment to social action that serves thei ...


Multiple Studies Improve Understanding, Measurement, and Transfer of Knowledge of Recreation, Quality Of Life, and Health

PSW scientists contributed to an increased understanding of the link between recreation, quality of life, and health. Visitor constraints to phy ...


Public Trust and Conservation

Findings help improve Forest Service efforts to communicate ecosystem risks and to encourage actions that protect natural resources.Trust in the ...


Wildfire Decision Making

Fire management training and tools can be improved through understanding potential biases impacting wildfire management decisions.Managing wildf ...


Last updated on : 02/03/2021