My research interests include peer victimization, aggression, friendships, and prosocial behavior among youth. My work is guided by the understanding that peer relationships and peer support can promote positive child and adolescent development. I am particularly interested in the effects of defending victims of peer victimization on victims and defenders themselves. My current research, supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, investigates the consequences of enacting aggressive, assertive, and nonconfrontational strategies of defending for defenders.
Recent Research Experience:
Project: National Institute of Justice Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe: Training School Resource Officers (SROs) to Improve School Climate & Student Safety Outcomes,Collaboration between the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the University of Arizona.
Co-PI’s: Sheri Bauman, Ph.D., Jean Adjamie, ADE
Project: The Emergence of Cyberbullying from Middle Childhood to Adolescence: A Prospective Longitudinal Study (National Science Foundation).
Co-PI’s: Sheri Bauman, Ph.D., Noel Card, Ph.D.
Project: Virtue, Character, and the Golden Rule: Peer Relations in Roman Catholic Schools.
Co-PI’s: Alysha Ramirez, M.S. and Diana Meter, M. S.
Project: Interpersonal Correlates of Peer Victimization: Meta-Analyses of Contextual Correlates of Peer Victimization (National Institute of Justice).
PI: Noel Card, Ph.D.
Project: Who Aggresses Against Whom, and How?: Forms and Functions of Aggressor-Victim Relationships during Early Adolescence (National Institutes of Health)
PI: Noel Card, Ph.D.
Student and Early Career Council Program Committee Representative (SECC), Society for Research on Child Development
Emerging Scholars Nominations Committee Representative, Society for Research on Adolescence (2014-2018)
Meter, D. J., & Card, N. A. (2015). Effects of Defending: The Longitudinal Relations among Defending Victimized Peers, Own Victimization and Peer-Perceived Liking. Social Development.
Meter, D. J., Casper, D. M., & Card, N. A.. (2014). Perception of Intimacy and Friendship Reciprocity Moderate Peer Influence on Aggression. Aggressive Behavior.
Meter, D. J. & Card, N. A. (April 2015). Meta-Analysis of Children and Adolescents’ Friendship Stability: A Focus on Methodological Moderators. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
Bauman, S. & Meter, D. J. (September 2014). Predictors of Involvement in Cyberbullying and Cyber-Victimization. Paper presented at the European Association of Research on Adolescence Conference, Izmir, Turkey.
Meter, D. J., Card, N. A. & Ramirez, A. N. (March 2014). Betweenness centrality and bystander intervention: How network position can help predict enacted defending of victimized peers. Poster presented at the 15th Society for Research on Adolescence Meeting, Austin, TX.
Meter, D. J. & Card, N. A. (March 2014). Does Received Defending Decrease the Impact of Peer Victimization? In D. Casper (Chair), Moving Beyond Participant Roles in Bullying to Explore Overt, Relational, and Social Participation and Associated Outcomes. Paper presented at the 15th Society for Research on Adolescence Meeting, Austin, TX.
Meter, D. J., Card, N. A., & Ramirez, A. N. (April 2013). Benefits of Defending: The Longitudinal Relations Between Being Liked, Defending Victimized Peers, and Own Victimization. In D. Meter (Chair), Individual and Contextual Predictors and Consequences of Defending Victimized Peers. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
Ramirez, A. N., Card, N. A., & Meter, D. J. (April 2013). How Frequency of Extracurricular Activity Participation Impacts Aggression and Victimization Levels. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.
Meter, D. J., Casper, D. M., & Card, N. A. (March 2012). Friendship quality as a moderator of friend influence on relational and overt aggression. Poster presented at the 14th Society for Research on Adolescence Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.