Susan Saegert
Position: Professor
Programs: Earth and Environmental Sciences | Psychology
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8724
Degrees/Diplomas: Social Psychology PhD, University of Michigan
Training Area: Critical Social/Personality Psychology|Environmental Psychology
Research Interests: Stress and inner city families; comprehensive community development neighborhoods and communities; Home Ownership Relating to Social Capital and Neighborhood Quality; Density and Environmental Stress

Susan Saegert is professor of environmental psychology at the GC. Her research includes studies of crowding, environmental stressors, housing and human development/well-being, and women and environments. She directs the Housing Environments Research Group, which works in partnership with community organizations and coalitions to improve distressed housing and neighborhoods. She has collaborated with governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations and institutions on a plan for downtown Denver; housing for the elderly and persons with special needs; neighborhood-based services for the elderly; and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 grant to Nashville.
Her recent research concerns homeowners’ experiences of the foreclosure crisis and their policy implications; the relationship of housing and health; and alternative housing policies to promote stable, sustainable affordable housing. Her recent scholarship places this research program within the framework of pragmatist philosophy through the concept of pragmatic social inquiry and its application to global crises.
Saegert’s books include Social Capital and Poor Communities (2005), edited with J. P. Thompson and M. R. Warren; Urban Health and Society: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research and Practice (2009), with N. Freudenberg and S. Klitzman; and The Community Development Reader, 2nd ed. (2012), edited with J. DeFilippis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.