Hannah Schacter

Hannah Schacter

Assistant Professor


5057 Woodward Avenue, Room 8306.2

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Hannah Schacter

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Developmental Psychology; Adolescent Development; Peer Relationships


I am an Assistant Professor in the Wayne State Department of Psychology (Developmental Science area) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development. My research examines adolescent social-emotional development and health across diverse contexts. I am especially interested in understanding when and how youth adjust when faced with interpersonal stressors, such as bullying, discrimination, and dating violence. In my research, I use a range of different methods, including but not limited to school-based surveys, daily diaries, and ambulatory physiological monitoring, to understand short- and long-term links between adolescents' social experiences and well-being. Most of my research takes place outside of the lab and in youth's everyday environments in order to capture adolescent "life as it's lived." The ultimate goal of this research is to shed light on potential intervention approaches and social policies that can promote healthy relationships and positive adjustment among youth.

You can learn more about Wayne State's Developmental Science PhD program by clicking here, and more information about our lab and current research is available at www.arclabwsu.com.


  • Postdoctoral Training, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, 2017-2019
  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
  • B.A., Psychology, Hamilton College, 2012

Awards and grants

Active Grants

Title: Improving Health Outcomes among Adolescents with Asthma: Examining the Real-Time Effects of Peer Support
Funding Mechanism: American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Period: 05/2023-04/2024

Title: Effects of Peer Victimization on Physiological Markers of Threat Sensitivity in Adolescents
Funding Mechanism: NICHD R21
Role: Principal Investigator with Dr. Hilary Marusak
Funding Period: 09/2022-08/2024

Recent Awards

Alberti Center Early Career Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying Abuse Prevention, 2023
CLAS Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2023
General Education Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2022

News mentions

For some teens, as masks come off, anxiety sets in

How the pandemic is changing children’s friendships

Why the teenage brain pushes young people to ignore virus restrictions

Kids, teens could be feeling pandemic-related stress. Here's how parents can help

COVID-19's impact on education

An Instagram with no 'likes' could have a big impact on mental health

The psychology behind why some college students break Covid-19 rules

Hey, Melania Trump, here's how you could actually help stop cyberbullying


Selected publications

For a complete list, click here.

Schacter, H. L., Hoffman, A. J., & Ehrhardt, A. D. (2023). The power dynamics of friendship: between-and within-person associations among friend dominance, self-esteem, and adolescent internalizing symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 52(6), 1206-1218. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-023-01763-0

Schacter, H.L., Hoffman, A.J., Ehrhardt, A., & Bakth, F. (2023). Peer victimization, schooling format, and adolescent internalizing symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic: Between- and within-person associations across ninth grade. Development and Psychopathology. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579422000074

Schacter, H.L., Marusak, H.A., Borg, B.A., & Jovanovic, T. (2022). Facing ambiguity: Social threat sensitivity mediates the association between peer victimization and adolescent anxiety. Development and Psychopathology. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579422001018

Schacter, H.L., Slatcher, R.B., Rodriguez-Stanley, J., Houpt, R., & Zilioli, S. (2022). Effects of daily peer problems on sleep and the severity of pediatric asthma symptoms. Health Psychology, 41(6), 409-416. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0001177

Schacter, H.L. (2021). Effects of peer victimization on child and adolescent physical health: A state-of-the-art review. Pediatrics, 147. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-003434

Schacter, H.L., Pettit, C., Kim, Y., Sichko, S., Timmons, A.C., Chaspari, T., Han, S.C., & Margolin, G. (2021). A matter of the heart: Daytime relationship functioning and overnight heart rate in young dating couples. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54, 794-803. https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaaa019

Schacter, H.L., Lessard, L., & Juvonen, J. (2019). Peer rejection as a precursor of romantic dysfunction in adolescence: Can friendships protect? Journal of Adolescence, 77, 70-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.10.004

Schacter, H.L., & Margolin, G. (2019). When it feels good to give: Depressive symptoms, daily prosocial behavior, and adolescent mood. Emotion, 19, 923-927. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000494

Schacter, H.L., & Juvonen, J. (2018). Dynamic changes in peer victimization and adjustment across middle school: Does friends’ victimization alleviate distress? Child Development, 90, 1738-1753. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13038

Schacter, H.L. & Juvonen, J. (2015). The effects of school-level victimization on self-blame: Evidence for contextualized social cognitions. Developmental Psychology, 51, 841-847. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000016.

Schacter, H.L., White, S.J., Chang, V.Y., & Juvonen, J. (2015). “Why me?”: Characterological self-blame and continued victimization in the first year of middle school. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44, 446-456. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2013.865194.

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Courses taught by Hannah Schacter

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Winter Term 2023

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021