Overview of research projects:
(1) 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 the Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand; (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.
(2) Social dilemmas: Factors influencing cooperative and competitive behavior in situations where individual and collective interests are in conflict.
On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami struck 12 countries around the Indian Ocean. More than 250,000 people lost their lives and 2.3 million were left homeless. To provide education about tsunami threats and show how the international community rallied to provide aid, in 2006 Dr. Sattler established the International Tsunami Museum in Khao Lak, Thailand. Museum donations are funding projects to help children at local village schools (see Dr. Sattler's home page for more information).
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.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Group Processes
- Interpersonal Processes
- Organizational Behavior
- Sattler, D. N., & Shabatay, V. (2000). Psychology in context: Voices and perspectives (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
- Sattler, D. N., Kramer, G. P., Shabatay, V., & Bernstein, D. A. (2000). Lifespan development in context: Voices and perspectives. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
- Sattler, D. N., Kramer, G. P., Shabatay, V., & Bernstein, D. A. (2000). Child development in context: Voices and perspectives. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
- Sattler, D. N., Shabatay, V., & Kramer, G. P. (1998). Abnormal psychology in context: Voices and perspectives. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
- Sattler, D. N. (2006). Family resources, family strains, and stress following the Northridge earthquake. Stress, Trauma, and Crisis: An International Journal, 3-4, 187-202.
- Sattler, D. N., Glower de Alvarado, A. M., Blandon de Castro, N., Van Male, R., Zetino, A. M., & Vega, R. R. (2006). El Salvador earthquakes: Relationships among acute stress disorder symptoms, depression, traumatic event exposure, and resource loss. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 879-893
- Sattler, D. N., & Marshall, A. (2002). Hurricane preparedness: Improving television hurricane watch and warning graphics. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 20, 41-49.
- 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.
- Sattler, D. N., Kaiser, C. F., & Hitter, J. B. (2000). Disaster preparedness: Relationships among prior experience, personal characteristics, and distress. Journal of Applied Social Pychology, 30, 1396-1420.
- Sattler, D. N. (1998). The need principle in social dilemmas. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 13, 667-678.
- Sattler, D. N., Freedy, J. R., Anderson, K., & Kaiser, C. F. (1997). Natural disasters and psychological adjustment: Implications of research for intervention efforts. Journal of Psychological Practice, 3, 113-127.
- Sattler, D. N., & Kerr, N. L. (1991). Might versus morality explored: Motivational and cognitive bases for social motives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 60, 756-765.
- Sattler, D. N., Assanangkornchai, S., Moller, A. M., & Kesavatana-Dohrs, W. (under review). Tsunami in Thailand: Resource loss, posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth, and coping style at three and fifteen months.
- 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. (2005). Teaching students about the psychology of natural disasters. Newsletter of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 8.
- 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, WA 98225-9172
- Phone: (360) 650-3525
- Fax: (360) 650-7305