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Alex Segrè Cohen

Assistant Professor of Science and Risk Communication
Office: 1715 Franklin Blvd., Rm 143
City: Eugene


Dr. Segrè Cohen’s interdisciplinary research is at the intersection of psychology, science communication, and decision-making about sustainability, the environment, and human health. Her overarching research goal is to translate science into action.

In particular, she addresses questions about how science and technology are perceived and understood by the public, and the implications of these cognitive processes for how science is used to inform behavior and address polarizing policy issues such as climate change and environmental justice.

Alex's work has been featured in Nature, CNN Business, The New York Times, Yes!Magazine, Fox, Haaretz, among other platforms.

Prior to coming to UO, Alex served as the Director of Operations at the nonprofit, Our Climate Voices, where she was actively involved in the environmental justice movement, climate storytelling, and centering those at the forefront of climate crises. Alex was also a Science Assistant at the National Science Foundation.

Learn more about Alex at her website.


  • PhD, University of Southern California, Pschology
    • Dissertation title: “Harnessing critical thinking and decision support for emergent risks”
  • BA, Clark University, Geography (summa cum laude)


Alex's Google Scholar Page can be found here.

Recent and ongoing work:

3. Segrè Cohen, A., Lutzke, L., Drummond Otten, C., and Àrvai, J. (2022). I think, therefore I act: The influence of critical thinking ability on trust in experts and behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Risk Analysis. doi: 10.1111/risa.13833

2. Segrè Cohen, A., N.G. Love, K.K. Nace, and J. Àrvai. (2020) Consumers’ acceptance of agricultural fertilizers derived from diverted and recycled human urine. Environmental Science & Technology. 54 (8), 5297-5305. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c00576

1. Segrè Cohen, A., Love, N. G., & Àrvai, J. (2020). Communicating the Risks and Benefits of Human Urine-Derived Fertilizer. Sustainability, 12(23), 9973. doi:10.3390/su12239973

Manuscripts Under Review

Àrvai, J., Segrè Cohen, A., Lutzke, L., and Drummond Otten, C. (n.d.) I think, therefore I act, revisited: Building a stronger foundation for risk analysis. Risk Analysis.

Selected Manuscripts in Preparation

Segrè Cohen, A., Slavik, C., (n.d.) Mapping water injustice and perceptions of privatization hotspots in the United States.

Segrè Cohen, A.*, Drummond Otten, C.*, and Bearth., A. (n.d.) Assessing the Role of Cognitive Style in Swiss and American Acceptance of Genome Edited Foods: Translation and Application of the Actively Open-Minded Thinking Scale

*co-first authors

Segrè Cohen, A., Lutzke, L., Drummond Otten, C., and Àrvai, J. (n.d.) Do preventative behaviors cancel out risky ones?: COVID-19 risk (averse) behaviors in the United States.

Drummond Otten, C., Segrè Cohen, A., Lutzke, L., and Àrvai, J. (n.d.). Reasoning about novel risks: How does scientific reasoning ability relate to COVID-19 behavioral and attitudinal responses?

Lutzke, L., Drummond Otten, C., Segrè Cohen, A., and Àrvai, J. (n.d.). Perceived Polarization and Politicization of COVID-19.


Instructor of Record, School of Journalism and Communication

  • J460/560: Communicating for Environmental Justice & Social Change, Fall 2023
  • J460/560: Green Brand Strategy, Spring 2023
  • J377: Science of Science Communication, Winter 2023
  • J557: Curiosity for Strategists, Fall 2022