People

Lab Director

Michael Schmitt

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

 

 

 

 


Grad Students

Scott Neufeld

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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.

Email: sdn2@sfu.ca

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.

 


Post-Doc

Joshua Wright

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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 (www.joshuadavidwright.com).


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 look forward to being involved in more research in the future. I am also a research assistant in the Couples Lab, combining my appreciation for social psychology research and the study of close relationships. In the future I hope to become more involved in research on nature connection, well-being, and emotional regulation.


Honours Students

Kari Gunton

kari_gunton.JPGI am a fourth year psychology major from Victoria, British Columbia. While I am interested in numerous topics in psychology, I am particularly interested in environmental psychology, as it combines two of my passions: social psychology and the environment. While my main interest is on the use of psychology to help the natural environment, I am also interested in the positive effects the environment has on an individual’s overall health and well-being. After gaining enough research experience, I would like to one day conduct research on the factors that influence individuals in engaging in pro-environmental behaviour.


Research Assistants

Lindsay Deane

Lindsay_DeaneI am currently a fourth-year psychology student with a minor in counseling. My first undergrad was completed at the University of Ottawa in Criminology and this is where I found my interests/passion for the impact of social factors on individuals. I am interested in researching how we have come to conceptualize mental health, the qualitative experiences of individuals seeking help in different mental health contexts, and the role of inflammation and diet in depressive-like symptoms.

Hanna Ogawa

hanna-e1537484493932.jpgHi there! I’m an undergrad student who has an interest in social psychology and I have completed my honours project in 2018 where I researched whether just-world beliefs can moderate the relationship between identification with nature and pro-environmental behaviours. I am excited to work in this lab and further deepen my knowledge about social psychology!