Scott Neufeld

Assistant Professor

Stigma, Substance Use, Housing and Homelessness, NIMBYism, Collective Identity, Social Representations, Community-Based Qualitative Research, Research Ethics

Broadly my research interests lie in how collective identities are represented and contested in the context of intergroup relations. I have explored this in the context of urban Indigenous community members’ negotiation of their diverse cultural identities and representations of colonial history in an Indigenous culture-focused school, in the narratives of exclusion that often typify community resistance to planned social housing or homeless encampments, and most recently in how people who use drugs are represented in anti-stigma campaigns across Canada and the United States.

Much of my research is community-based (i.e. community members are directly involved as collaborators in the research) and I primarily utilize qualitative research methods. A significant part of my work has also focused on research ethics from the perspective of heavily-researched community members, for example in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood.

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Neufeld, S.D. & Schmitt, M.T. (2019). Preferences for different representations of colonial history in a Canadian urban Indigenous community. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 7(2), 1065-1088. Open access:

Schmitt, M.T., Neufeld, S.D., Mackay, C.M.L., & Dys-Steenbergen, O. (2019). The perils of explaining climate inaction in terms of psychological barriers. Journal of Social Issues, Online First, doi: 10.1111/josi.12360 Open access:

Neufeld, S.D., Chapman, J.*, Crier, N.*, Marsh, S.*, McLeod, J.*, & Deane, L. (2019). Research 101: A process for developing local guidelines for ethical research in heavily researched communities. Harm Reduction Journal, 16(1), 1-11. Open access:

Neufeld, S.D., & Schmitt, M. T. (2019). Solidarity not homogeneity: Constructing a superordinate Aboriginal identity that protects subgroup identities. Political Psychology, 40(3), 599-616. doi: 10.1111/pops.12530. Open access:

Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K.L. & Neufeld, S.D.  (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36, 233-249. DOI: 10.1037/teo0000048

Other Reports:

Boilevin, L*., Chapman, J.*, Deane, L., Doerksen, C.*, Fresz, G.,* Joe, D.*, Leech-Crier, N.*, Marsh, S.*, McLeod, J.*, Neufeld, S.D., Pham, S.*, Shaver, L.*, Smith, P.*, Steward, M.*, Wilson, D.*, & Winter, P*. (2018). Research 101: A Manifesto for Ethical Research in the Downtown Eastside. Co-authors listed alphabetically. Available online at

Neufeld, S.D., Schmitt, M.T., & Hutchingson, V*. (January, 2016). The Aboriginal Focus School, Vancouver, BC: A Community Research Report. Report available online at  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3040.7445

For a complete list of publications, click here.

2021-Neufeld-So you want to reduce stigma towards people who use drugs-Final-May28
Summary of critical questions, anti-stigma campaign research and recommendations for anti-stigma practitioners.