Hannah Schacter

Hannah Schacter

Assistant Professor



5057 Woodward Avenue, Room 8306.2

Curriculum vitae



Social media

Twitter: @hannah_schacter

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.


  • 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: 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 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

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

Juvonen, J. & Schacter, H.L. (in press). When low rates of bullying increase risks for those who are bullied: The safe school paradox. JAMA Pediatrics. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5888

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

Schacter, H.L., & Margolin, G. (2019). The interplay of friends and parents in adolescents’ daily lives: Towards a dynamic view of social support. Social Development, 28, 708-724. https://doi.org/doi:10.1111/sode.12363

Arbel, R., Schacter, H.L., Han, S.C., Timmons, A.C., Shapiro, L.S., & Margolin, G. (2019). Day-to-day friends’ victimization, aggression perpetration, and morning cortisol activity in late adolescents. Developmental Psychobiology. https://doi.org/10/1002/dev.21829

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

Juvonen, J., Schacter, H.L., Sainio, M., & Salmivalli, C. (2016). Can a school-wide bullying prevention program improve the plight of victims?: Evidence for risk X intervention effects. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 334-344. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000116

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 2020

Courses taught

  • PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology, Fall 2019

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