David Sattler, PhD


Research Interests

  • Social Justice and Environmental Justice
  • Climate Change Risk Perception and Adaptation
  • Prejudice, Stigma, and Discrimination
  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Posttraumatic Stress and Growth
  • School Climate
  • International Projects Conducted in Asia (Mongolia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam), Pacific (Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu), Central America/Caribbean (El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands), and USA
  • Developed and Conducted My Climate Change Story Master Class for Youth in Pacific Island Nations (Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji)
  • Developing Media and Climate Change Workshop for Youth in 23 Pacific Island Nations
  • Established the International Tsunami Museum, Thailand

Selected Publications

* = Student co-author

Johnson, J., Sattler, D. N., Roberts, G.*, & Dierckx, K. (in press). Sexual assault of a Rohingya woman: Anti-Rohingya statements embolden those high in sexism to report anti-victim and pro-perpetrator reactions. Sex Roles.

Johnson, J., Sattler, D. N., Ginther, K.*, Van Hiel, A., Dierckx, K., & Vezzali, L. (in press). When high right-wing authoritarians report elevated empathy towards a Black woman victim of police violence: “Inclusive victimhood consciousness” from police mistreatment experiences. Psychology of Violence.

Sattler, D. N., Lousi, U., Dierckx, K., Peyer-Nelson, R.*, & Helu, L. (2023). A social-cognitive model of climate change behavioral adaption in Tonga: Relationships among indigenous knowledge, social media use, norms, values, and spiritual beliefs. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 91, 102148, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2023.102148

Johnson, J., Sattler, D. N., Smith-Galeno, B.*, Ginther, K.*, Otton, K.*, & Dierckx, K. (2023). “Say her name”: Symbolic racism and officer valuing predict White Americans’ reactions to the fatal police shooting of a Black woman. Violence Against Women, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/10778012231179210

Sattler, D. N. (in press). The International Tsunami Museum: Addressing trauma and recovery. In S. Plous (Ed.), Action teaching: Creating a better world through transformative education. American Psychological Association.

Sattler, D. N., Elwood, P.*, Warner, J.*, Jayroe, A.*, Yuchen, Y.*, Green, K.*, Richardson, K.*, McDonald, R.*, Lau, J.*, Meyer, S.*, Beyenal, C.*, Lau, M.*, & Rooney, M.* (in press). COVID-19 stigma, resource loss, and posttraumatic growth in India. In S. Schulenberg, J. Vos, & P. Russo-Netzer (Eds.), COVID-19 and beyond: Psychological, existential, and therapeutic perspectives on mental health and meaning. University Professors Press.

Sattler, D. N., Biskhkorloo, B., Lawley, K.*, Hackler, R., Byambajav, C.*, & Munkhbat, M.*, & Smith-Galeno, B.* (2023). Stigma, posttraumatic stress, and COVID-19 vaccination intent in Mongolia, India, and the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 2084, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032084

Sattler, D. N., Graham, J., Whippy, A., Atienza, R., & Johnson J. (2023). Developing a climate change risk perception model in the Philippines and Fiji: Posttraumatic growth plays central role. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 1-17, 1518 [Featured article]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20021518

Johnson, J., Sattler, D. N., Luo, S., Van Hiel, A., Vezzali, L., & Dierckx, K. (2022). Violent assault on a Chinese Man: COVID-19 psychosocial resource loss diminishes right wing authoritarianism variability in societal reactions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605221123301

Johnson, J., Sattler, D. N., Luo, S., Van Hiel, A., Vezzali, L., & Dierckx, K. (2022). Empathy for a Black woman victim of police sexual violence: The roles of crime-related stress and stereotype attributions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence,  1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605221118964

Johnson, J., Prasad, M.*, Sattler, D., Pacilli, M., & Pagliaro, S. (2022). Fijian reactions to transgender-directed workplace mistreatment: The moderating role of the victim’s group identification. Sexuality & Culture, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-021-09936-4

Sattler, D. N., Gruman, D., Enkhtur, O., Muskavage, B.*, & Bishkhorloo, B. (2021). School climate in Mongolia: Translation and validation of the What’s Happening in This School. Learning Environments Research, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10984-021-09375-w

Johnson, J., Sattler, D. N., & Otton, K.* (2021). COVID-19—related assault on Asians: Economic hardship in the United States and India predicts diminished support for victim compensation and assailant punishment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 5320, 1-15. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18105320

Sattler, D. N., Bishkhorloo, B., & Graham, J. M. (2021). Climate change threatens nomadic herding in Mongolia: A model of climate change risk perception and behavioral adaptation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 75, 101620, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101620

Sattler, D. N., Berg, H.*, Grattan, S.*, Nelson, A.*, Poppe, M.*, Harnish, R. & Shank, M.* (2020). Preventing wildlife crime with a focus on orangutans: Applying social influence techniques to public education efforts. Psychology and Marketing, 37, 1790–1796. https://doi.org/10.1002/mar.21422

Leal, W., Lutz, J., Sattler, D. N., & Nunn, P. (2020). Coronavirus: COVID-19 transmission in Pacific Small Island Developing States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 5409. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155409

Sattler, D. N., Lousi, U., Graham, J. M., Latu, V., Johnson, J., & Helu, L. (2020). Climate change in Tonga: Risk perception and behavioral adaptation. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Climate change adaptation in the Pacific. Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40552-6_14

Sattler, D. N., & Smith, A. (2020). Facilitating posttraumatic growth in the wake of natural disasters: Considerations for crisis response. In S. E. Schulenberg (Ed.), Disaster mental health and positive psychology. Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32007-2_11

Harnish, R. J., Bridges, K. R., Sattler, D. N., Munson, M., Bridgen, S., Slack, F. J., & Smith, S. M. (2019). What I Wish My Mentor Had Told Me. Society for the Teaching of Psychology. https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/mentortoldme

Sattler, D. N., Whippy, A.*, Graham, J. M., & Johnson, J. (2018). A psychological model of  climate change adaptation: Influence of resource loss, posttraumatic growth, norms, and risk perception following Cyclone Winston in Fiji. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in coastal communities. Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70703-7_22

Harnish, R. J., Bridges, K. R., Sattler, D. N., Signorella, M. L., & Munson, M. (Eds.). (2018). The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Society for the Teaching of Psychology. https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/useoftech

Sattler, D. N., Claramita, M., & Muskavage, B.* (2018). Natural disasters in Indonesia: Relationships among posttraumatic stress, resource loss, depression, social support, and posttraumatic growth. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2017.1415740

Sattler, D. N. (2017). Climate change and extreme weather events: The mental health impact. In  W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Climate change adaptation in Pacific countries: Fostering resilience and up-keeping life quality (pp. 73-87). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50094-2_4

Sattler, D. N. (2016). The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove (Foreword by Jane Goodall). Bellingham, WA: Royal Tern Press. Recipient of two national book awards: Independent Publisher Book Award (Silver Medal) and Feathered Quill Book Award (Silver Medal).

Sattler, D. N., McKnight, P., Naney, L., & Mathis, R. (2015). Grant peer review: Improving inter-rater reliability with training. Plos ONE, 10(6): e0130450, p. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0130450

Sattler, D. N., Boyd, B., & Kirsch, J.* (2014). Trauma-exposed firefighters: Relationships among  posttraumatic growth, posttraumatic stress, resource availability, coping and critical incident stress debriefing experience. Stress and Health, 30, 356-365. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2608

Sattler, D. N., Kirsch, J.*, Shipley, G., Cocke, P., & Stegmeier, R. (2014). Emergency preparedness on campus: Improving procedural knowledge and response readiness. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 11, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2013-0075

Sattler, D. N., Assanangkornchai, S., Moller, A.*, Kesavatana-Dohrs, W., & Graham, J. M. (2014). Indian Ocean Tsunami: Relationships among posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth, resource loss, and social support at three and fifteen months. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 15, 219-239. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299732.2014.869144

Abbiatti, M., Mastrangelo, M., Jones., J., Creel., J., Sattler, D. N., Benson, R., Crickett, G., Elwood, J., Hunter-Reed, K., Langsdale, G., Megna, M., Panborn, R., Petrie, J., & Sener, J. (2010). A risk analysis standard for natural and man-made hazards to higher education. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovative Technology Institute (Approved by the American National Standards Institute).

Sattler, D. N., Glower de Alvarado, A. M., Blandon de Castro, N., Van Male, R.*, Zetino, A. M., & Vega, R. (2006). El Salvador earthquakes: Relationships among acute stress disorder symptoms, traumatic event exposure, and resource loss. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 879-893. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20174

Sattler, D. N. (2003). Resiliency, posttraumatic growth, and psychological distress following the attacks on America. In Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, Public Entity Risk Institute, and Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, Beyond September 11th: An account of post-disaster research, Special Publication No. 39 (pp. 315-332). Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, University of Colorado.

Sattler, D. N., Preston, A.*, Kaiser, C. F., Olivera, V. E., Valdez, J., & Schlueter, S. (2002). Hurricane Georges: A cross-national study examining preparedness, resource loss, and psychological distress in the U. S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the United States. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 15, 339-350. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1020138022300