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.

I will be reviewing graduate applications and potentially accepting a graduate student for Fall 2023. 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

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

Title: Psychobiological Pathways from Bullying to Health
Funding Mechanism: Wayne State University Research Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Period: 05/2020-04/2021

Title: Mitigating the Harmful Effects of Discrimination among Diverse Adolescents: An Identity-Based Intervention
Funding Mechanism: Society for Research in Child Development Small Grant
Role: Principal Investigator with Dr. Adam Hoffman
Funding Period: 05/2019-04/2021

Title: Heartfelt Discussions and Heart Rate Variability: A Strengths-Based Intervention for Young Couples
Funding Mechanism: USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program
Role: Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Gayla Margolin)
Funding Period: 07/2018-06/2019

Title: Mechanisms and Moderators of Victimization Continuity: The Role of Observed Friend Interactions (SPRF-FR 1714304)
Funding mechanism: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Period: 09/2017-08/2019

Title: Facebooking without Filter: The Effect of Online DIscolures on Bystander Reactions to Cyberbullying
Funding mechanism: Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Period: 01/2015-12/2016

Selected publications

For a complete list, click here.

Schacter, H.L., Slatcher, R.B., Rodriguez-Stanley, J., Houpt, R., & Zilioli, S. (in press). Effects of daily peer problems on sleep and the severity of pediatric asthma symptoms. Health Psychology.

Schacter, H.L., Hoffman, A.J., Ehrhardt, A., & Bakth, F. (in press). 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. (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.

Currently teaching

PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Winter 2022

Courses taught

  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Fall 2019
  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Winter 2020
  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Fall 2020
  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Winter 2021
  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Fall 2021
  • PSY 2400, Developmental Psychology, Fall 2021
  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Winter 2022


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