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Organizational Behavior,

Catherine Owsik

Catherine Owsik is a Ph.D. Fellow in the Behavioral Science for Sustainable Systems program at the Convergent Behavioral Scientist Initiative at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include intergenerational decision-making, terror management theory, and systems change. Growing up in Toronto, one of North America’s largest cities, Catherine developed a keen sense of systems change and sustainability. She watched her birthplace change and, as a first-generation Canadian, saw the complexities through a multicultural lens. She received her BSc in biology from Queen’s University in Kingston before starting her career in environmental charities, working at the intersection of behavior change and sustainability. Catherine worked at the David Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s largest environmental charity, for four years before channeling her energy into Project Neutral, an innovative environmental charity startup.