Carnegie Mellon University

Jocelyn Bélanger

Jocelyn Bélanger

Associate Teaching Professor, Psychology (CMU Qatar)

Areas of Expertise

Social Psychology


Dr. Jocelyn Bélanger is an Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also the author of the book entitled “The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, and Network.”

Dr. Bélanger is the Director of the CMUQ Violent Extremism and Environmental Sustainability Lab and the author of over 100 publications on the psychology of terrorism, (de)radicalization, self-sacrifice, motivated reasoning, and environmental psychology. He is the recipient of several awards including the APA Dissertation Research Award, the Milton Dean Havron Social Sciences Award, and the APS Rising-Star Early-Career Research Award. In March 2015, he was appointed by the City of Montreal to create the first deradicalization center in North America to tackle homegrown terrorism: The Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence.

Dr. Bélanger has written about his research for the public in Scientific American (herehere, and here), World Politics Review, and the Sustainabilist. His research has also been featured in international media.