Lab Director

Michael Schmitt

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Interests: Intergroup relations, collective identity, pro-environmental behaviour, environmental activism, well-being


Grad Students

Scott Neufeld


I am a PhD student in the social psychology program (started Jan. 2017) at SFU working with Michael Schmitt. I received my BA in Honours Psychology from McGill University, and my MA from SFU. I am generally interested in research within the “social identity approach” that investigates collective resistance to oppression, collective empowerment, Aboriginal identity, and colonialism (among many other things), and also have a keen interest in critical research and critical research methods. My Master’s research was a qualitative investigation of parents’ perceptions of Vancouver’s new Aboriginal Focus School. More on the Aboriginal Focus School project can be found here. My dissertation research will focus on anti-stigma interventions for people who use drugs and will be conducted in collaboration with the BC Centre on Substance Use. I am also interested in research ethics, qualitative methods, community-based research, and critical participatory action research.


Caroline Mackay

caroline_labpictureI am a master’s student in social psychology, and received my BA in Psychology from SFU. Currently, I am studying how psychological identification with the natural world impacts whether people choose to help protect the environment. I am interested in in what leads people to identify as activists and engage in collective action, particularly to protect the environment.


Joshua Wright

Joshua Wright

I received Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Texas Tech University, an M.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and my Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Western Ontario. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at SFU. I am investigating how one’s ability to generate cognitive alternatives to the status quo influences the relationship between identification with nature and politicized environmental identity. Broadly, I am interested in research related to ideology, intergroup relations, religion, and morality. These lines of work can be viewed on my website (

Lab Coordinator

Florencia Cristoffanini

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I am a canditate for a BA (Honours) in Psychology. I have worked as an RA in the SISC Lab for the last 3 years and completed an original Honours thesis under the supervision of Michael Schmitt titled “Just-World Beliefs Moderate the Relationship Between Identification with Nature and Pro-Environmental Behaviour”. Currently, I coordinate both the SISC Lab and the IRSJ Lab, and I am also a research assistant in the Couples Lab, combining my appreciation for social psychology research and the study of close relationships. My current research interests include studying how individual characteristics influence the regulation of self-conscious emotions such as shame. In the future I hope to become more involved in research on nature connection, well-being, and emotional regulation.


Honours Students

Travis McLellan

Travis McLellan

I am currently in my 4th year of Psychology, with plans on pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology. I am interested in the use of therapy animals in treating anxiety and depression, particularly the use of therapy dogs to mitigate stress responses during therapy. I have been an RA in the SISC lab for 1 year, and enjoy learning about social identity and pro-environmental behaviours.

Research Assistants

Hadar Hamid