Selected Publications

Wright, J. D., Schmitt, M. T., & Mackay, C. M. L. (2022). Access to environmental cognitive alternatives predicts pro-environmental activist behavior. Environment and Behaviour54(3), 1-34. 10.31234/

Girme, Y.U., Sibley, C.G., Hadden, B.W., Schmitt, M.T., Hunger, J.M. (in press). Unsupported and Stigmatized? The Association between Relationship Status and Wellbeing Is Mediated by Social Support and Social Discrimination. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

*Mackay, C.M.L., Schmitt, M.T., Lutz, A.E., & Mendel, J. (2021). Recent Developments in the Social Identity Approach to the Psychology of Climate Change. Current Opinion in Psychology, 42, 95-101.

*Mackay, C.M.L., Cristoffanini, F., Neufeld, S.D., Wright, J.D., Ogawa, H., Schmitt, M.T. (2021). Connection to Nature and Environmental Activism: Politicized Environmental Identity Mediates a Relationship Between Identification with Nature and Observed Environmental Activist Behaviour.  Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 2, 100009

*Wright, J.D., Climenhage, L.J., Schmitt, M.T., & Branscombe, N.R. (2021). Perceptual Harmony in Judgments of Group Prototypicality and Intragroup Respect. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0243821.

Schmitt, M.T., Neufeld, S.D., Fryberg, S.A., Adams, G., Viljoen, J.L., Patrick, L., Atleo, C.G., & Fabian, S. (2021). “Indigenous” Nature Connection? A Response to Kurth, Narvaez, Kohn, and Bae (2020). Ecopsychology, 13, 64-67.

*Wright, J.D., & Schmitt, M.T., Mackay, C.M.L., & Neufeld, S.D. (2020). Imagining a sustainable world: Measuring cognitive alternatives to the environmental status quo. Journal of Environmental Psychology

Bourguignon, D., Teixeira, C.P., Koc, Y., Outten, H.R., Faniko, K., & Schmitt, M.T. (2020).  On the protective role of identification with a stigmatized identity: Promoting engagement and discouraging disengagement coping strategies. European Journal of Social Psychology50, 1125–1142. https://doi/10.1002/ejsp.2703

Schmitt, M.T., Neufeld, S.D., Mackay, C.M.L., & Dys-Steenbergen, O. (2020). The perils of explaining climate inaction in terms of psychological barriers. Journal of Social Issues, 76, 123-135.

Mackay, C.M.L., & Schmitt, M.T. (2019). Do people who feel connected to nature do more to protect it? A meta-analysis. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

*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.

Schmitt, M.T., Mackay, C.M.L., Droogendyk, L.M., & Payne, D. (2019). What predicts environmental activism? The roles of identification with nature and politicized environmental identity. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 61, 20-29.

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

Schmitt, M.T., Aknin, L.B., & Axsen, J., & Shwom, R.L. (2018). Unpacking the relationships between pro-environmental behavior, life satisfaction, and perceived ecological threat. Ecological Economics, 143, 130-140DOI:

Outten, H.R., Lee, T., Costa-Lopes, R., Schmitt, M.T., & Vala, J. (2018). Majority group members’ negative reactions to future demographic shifts depend on the perceived legitimacy of their status: Findings from the United States and Portugal. Frontiers Psychology, 9. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00079

Schmitt, M.T., Aknin, L.B., & Axsen, J., & Shwom, R.L. (2018). Unpacking the relationships between pro-environmental behavior, life satisfaction, and perceived ecological threat. Ecological Economics, 143, 130-140. DOI:

Schmitt, M.T., Branscombe, N.R., Postmes, T., & Garcia, A. (2014). The Consequences of Perceived Discrimination for Psychological Well-Being: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 921-948. DOI: 10.1037/a0035754

Outten, H.R., Miller, D. Schmitt, M.T., & Garcia, A. (2012). Feeling Threatened about the Future: Whites’ Emotional Reactions to Anticipated Ethnic Demographic Changes. Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin, 38, 14-25.

Schmitt, M.T., Davies, K., Hung, M., & Wright, S.C. (2010). Identity moderates the effects of Christmas displays on mood, self-esteem, and inclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1017–1022.