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: 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
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
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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.