Mariah G. Schug

Mariah G. Schug, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Psychology & Mental Health

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Cross-Cultural Child Development and Intergroup Attitudes (2008)
    University of Utah (UT)

About Me

I'm a passionate teacher. I've had the opportunity to teach different subjects in various environments. I taught English in a small city in Japan, primatology in the rainforest of Costa Rica, and psychology at Cheshire Correctional Institute as part of a prison education program. Recently, my teaching has focused on areas in psychology including developmental, cross-cultural, and positive psychology. At Widener, I've been impressed by students' enthusiasm. I've enjoyed engaging my classes in debates on controversies in psychology.

Research Interests

My research explores the development of intergroup bias (e.g., racial bias) in childhood and how intergroup attitudes are influenced by social and cultural context. For instance, much of my work compares children's intergroup attitudes in the U.S. and the Faroe Islands and how it is shaped by experience. I have additionally explored Faroese adults' attitudes regarding LGBT individuals and immigrants to Northern Europe. I also conduct research with the Spatial Cognition and Navigation Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers in numerous field sites. As part of this project, my data with adolescents and adults in the Faroe Islands will be combined with that of researchers working in other cultures. Together we are examining the development of spatial abilities and how they are influenced by children's opportunities to explore their environments.


  • Schug, M.G., & Striano, T. (2014). Social foundations of communicative development. In L. Rogers, P. Brooks, and V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • MacDonald, K., Schug, M.G., & Barth, H. (2013). My people, right or wrong: Preschoolers trust inaccurate ingroup members over accurate outgroup members. Cognitive Development, 28(3), 247–259.
  • Schug, M.G., Shusterman, A., Barth, H., & Patalano, A.L. (2012). Minimal-group membership influences children's responses to novel experience with group members. Developmental Science, 16(1), 47–55.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)