Patricia A. Aloise-Young

Associate Professor
Applied Social and Health PsychologyPatricia A. faculty image
Office: 221 BHSCI
Phone: (970) 491-6941
Email: Patricia.Aloise-Young@colostate.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of Florida, 1990
Area of Specialization: energy conservation; social influence, normative interventions, healthy homes

Teaching Courses: Research Methods; Environmental Psychology; Energy Efficiency graduate seminar
Office Hours:
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment-

Current Research: Currently, the majority of my research is focused on energy conservation. Specifically, my current research has two main threads: behavioral engagement and sociotechnical systems.
Behavioral engagement: I specialize in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs whose goal is to promote sustainable behavior change.
Sociotechnical systems: The idea behind sociotechnical systems is that both behavior and technology are integral to the success of sustainable solutions. We designed a home energy management system that can integrate signals from the utility with homeowners' preferences for how their appliances should operate.


Sandoval, P.K., & Aloise-Young, P.A. (2018). Creating behavioural engagement programmes that work: A case study from the U.S. Weatherization Assistance Program. Paper presented at the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society conference, Dublin, Ireland. pp 157-167 https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/research/seeds-conference/seeds-conference-proceedings-2018.pdf

Kadavil, R., Lurbe, S., Suryanarayanan, S., Aloise-Young, P.A., Isley, S., & Christensen, D. (2018). An application of the Analytic Hierarchy Process for prioritizing user preferences in the design of a Home Energy Management System. Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks, 16, 196-206. doi:10.1016/j.segan.2018.07.009.

Aloise-Young, P.A., Cross, J.E., & Sandoval, P.K. (2016). If you build it, will they come? Getting consumers on board with the future of the smart grid. In S. Suryanarayanan, R. Roche & T. Hansen (Eds.), Cyber-Physical-Social Systems and Constructs in Electric Power Engineering (pp. 319-344). London, UK: Institution of Engineering & Technology Publishing.

Fylan, F., Glew, D., Smith, M., Johnston, D., Brooke-Peat, M., Miles-Shenton, D., Fletcher, M. Aloise-Young, P. Gorse, C. (2016). Reflections on retrofits: Overcoming barriers to energy efficiency among the fuel poor in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 21, 190-8. . doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.08.002

Reaves, D., Clevenger, C., Nobe, M., & Aloise-Young, P.A. (2016). Identifying perceived barriers and benefits to reducing energy consumption in an affordable housing complex. Social Marketing Quarterly, 22, 159-178. doi: 10.1177/1524500416632406

Research Projects

Social and Engineering Constructs for Uniquely Re-Energizing Hurricane-affected Grids: This interdisciplinary project seeks solutions for re-energizing the electric grid in hurricane-affected areas by considering the convergence of unique aspects of social science and power systems engineering. In this research, we will consider data from survey respondents-stakeholders from community, utilities, and relief providers as well as information on power systems engineering principles to achieve high resiliency, low fragility, and acceptable sustainability in electric grid operation.