Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
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.
Supervised trainees underlined
Community co-authors starred*
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. https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.v7i2.867 Open access: https://jspp.psychopen.eu/article/view/867/html
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: https://spssi.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/josi.12360
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: https://rdcu.be/bIjjM
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: https://rdcu.be/bfiED
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
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 http://bit.ly/R101Manifesto
Neufeld, S.D., Schmitt, M.T., & Hutchingson, V*. (January, 2016). The Aboriginal Focus School, Vancouver, BC: A Community Research Report. Report available online at https://bit.ly/AFSReport DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3040.7445
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