As Public Service Faculty and Director of Conservation Psychology Strategy and Integration at Antioch University New England, Dr. Cranston is working with a broad network of psychologist and conservation practitioners to integrate current human behavior research into their urgent work towards biodiversity conservation. Before joining the Antioch team, Kayla was Conservation Education Researcher at Saint Louis Zoo where she designed and conducted studies to measure the psychological impact of the Zoo’s conservation education programs on participants. Prior to this appointment, Kayla completed her postdoctoral research in the Human Dimensions Laboratory in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University where she studied and created tools to evaluate motivation for long-term action toward environmental goals from a psychological perspective. She earned her doctorate degree in Conservation Psychology from Antioch University New England, her master of arts degree in Community-based Social Marketing from Prescott College, and her bachelor of science degree in Behavioral and Social Psychology from Arizona State University. Kayla has shared her expertise in conservation psychology by teaching the topic to graduate and undergraduate students at Antioch University New England, Keene State College, University of California in San Diego, and Oregon State University. She has facilitated and evaluated trainings to build capacity for conservation in Burundi, Tanzania, and the USA. She is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Capacity Development Working Group on Evaluation and has worked with organizations like the American Museum of Natural History, Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift, EcoLogic, and Tropical Biology Association to apply the psychology-based tools to strengthen and evaluate engagement in their international environmental programs. In her free time, Kayla enjoys rock climbing, yoga, cycling, cross country skiing, and wrangling goats with her herding dog Goose.