Diana Meter is an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies department at Utah State University. Dr. Meter earned her BA degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Asheville and her MS and PhD degrees in Family Studies and Human Development from The University of Arizona where she was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the faculty at USU, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Diana’s primary research interest is peer relations among children and adolescents. She teaches classes in research methods and human development. Outside of work, Diana enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, and hanging out with her husband, daughter, and cats, Sir Little John and Tiny.
- PhD, The University of Arizona (Family Studies and Human Development), 2015
- MS, The University of Arizona (Family Studies and Human Development), 2013
- BA, The University of North Carolina at Asheville (Psychology), 2008
Broadly, I study involvement with peer victimization and bullying in person and online. I am interested in how relationships with peers, parents, and siblings, and contextual factors are related to peer relations.
My approach to studying peer victimization assumes a whole school perspective rather than focusing only on aggressors and victims. I am particularly interested in defenders, who may enact a variety of prosocial behaviors including comforting and supporting the victim, intervening, getting help, or encouraging the victim to get help. I am interested in how children or adolescents’ enactment of prosocial behavior on behalf of their victimized peers, such as through defending those who are victimized, may be beneficial to the victimized peers, the peer group in general, and also to the prosocial children and adolescents themselves. Findings from my research illustrate predictors of defending and the positive and negative consequences of defending. Future goals include examining how prosocial behaviors interact with factors including school climate, school social norms, and student beliefs to predict defenders’ social adjustment and peer victimization.
Advanced statistical techniques can be used to best answer developmental research questions. I employ longitudinal and multigroup structural equation modeling, social network analysis, and meta-analysis in my work. I also have an interest in contributing to knowledge about best practices in peer relations research and publish methods papers on this topic.
Dr. Meter is accepting graduate students in Fall 2020.