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David N. Sattler

David N. Sattler

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Overview of research projects:

(1) Climate change risk perceptions

(2) International projects examining responses to large-scale traumatic events, such as natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis) and terrorist attacks; and ways to improve recovery efforts. Recent projects: (a) psychological responses to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand, and earthquake and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia; (b) coping and distress following earthquakes in India and El Salvador; (c) evaluation, assessment, and redesign of disaster preparedness recommendations, (d) resilience and coping following the attacks on September 11, 2001; (e) a cross-national study examining preparedness and distress in U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the United States following Hurricane Georges.

Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Dr. Sattler established the International Tsunami Museum in Khao Lak, Thailand and produced an educational video in Thai to teach children about tsunami threats (see Dr. Sattler's home page for more information).

(3) Social dilemmas: Factors influencing cooperative and competitive behavior in situations where individual and collective interests are in conflict.

David Sattler, Geoff Kramer, Virginia Shabatay, and Doug Bernstein created innovative textbooks for psychology courses. These texts use dynamic nonfiction first-person stories to promote students' understanding of psychological concepts and cross-cultural issues. The "Psychology in Context: Voices and Perspectives" series published by Houghton Mifflin are designed for introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, and child development courses.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Organizational Behavior


Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • 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).
  • Lemm, K. M., Lane, K. A., Sattler, D. N., Khan, S. A., & Nosek, B. A. (2008). Assessing implicit cognitions with a paper-format Implicit Association Test. In T. G. Morrison & M.A. Morrison (Eds.), The psychology of modern prejudice (pp. 123-146). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Sattler, D. N. (2008, January). The International Tsunami Museum: Researchers make a difference in Thailand. Natural Hazards Observer, 32, 1-3.
  • Sattler, D. N. (2005). Teaching students about the psychology of natural disasters. Newsletter of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 8.
  • 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.

Courses Taught:

  • Environmental Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Laboratory in Social Psychology
  • Seminar in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology

David N. Sattler
Department of Psychology
Western Institute for Social Research
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington 98225-9172
United States

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