Erit Maor is beginning her 3rd year as a doctoral student at CUNY, The Graduate Center, in the area of Environmental Psychology. She earned a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine’s School of Social Ecology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (with an emphasis on Environmental Psychology) from the same program. Her current research focus is on expanding the notion of restorative environments and emphasizes the transactional relationship between the person and their environment (both social and physical). More specifically, she is interested in understanding the role of actively directing attention towards enjoyable and creative activities in achieving psychological restoration. She is currently conducting field research at a ceramics studio in Queens, New York, and is applying a phenomenological approach to her research. Erit is also a research associate for The Housing Environments Research Group (HERG). At this time, she is working with HERG to analyze data collected from a Community Land Trust (CLT) in Minneapolis to assess the potential of shared equity housing to interrupt inequality. Along with her research, Erit is teaching Environmental Psychology at LaGaurdia Community College and is a TA for Research Methods in Psychology at Baruch.