Charisse Nixon, Ph.D.

Charisse Nixon, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Psychology program and Applied Clinical Psychology M.A. program
Associate Director, Susan Hirt Hagen CORE
Office Phone
Office Location
1 CORE, Balmer House
ERIE, PA 16563

    Dr. Nixon earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University.

    Courses Taught

    • C I 295, Introductory Field Experience for Teacher Preparation
    • PSU 007, First-Year Seminar Behrend
    • PSY 434, Children's Social & Emotional Development
    • PSYCH 100, Introductory Psychology (formerly PSY 002)
    • PSYCH 212, Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    • PSYCH 221, Introduction to Social Psychology (formerly PSY 217)
    • PSYCH 231, Introduction to the Psychology of Gender
    • PSYCH 301W, Basic Research Methods in Psychology
    • PSYCH 406W, Advanced Research Projects in Psychology
    • PSYCH 412, Adolescence
    • PSYCH 414, Social and Personality Development
    • PSYCH 490H, Senior Seminar in Psychology
    • PSYCH 494, Research Projects
    • PSYCH 496, Independent Studies
    • PSYCH 487B, Social Psychology in Our Lives
    • PSYCH 497C, Research Presentation in Psychology
    • PSYCH 497K, Applied Developmental Research


    • Youth Voice Project: In collaboration with Stan Davis, we are looking at how students’ perceptions of peer victimization, strategy effectiveness and school connectedness contribute to perceived levels of trauma. We believe that students’ voices are an invaluable resource to increase our understanding of effective prevention and intervention efforts. The overall goal of this project is to compile a body of knowledge describing the most helpful interventions in order to help adults and youth reduce bullying and harassment in their own schools. It is our hope to use this information to guide educators, parents, and youth in applying effective interventions to reduce bullying and subsequently, optimize students’ development.
    • The empirical study of Protective and Risk Factors: Our lab continues to investigate various protective and risk factors as they relate to students’ developmental outcomes across gender and grade level.
    • Mentoring in the Schools: How does college mentoring affect students’ development in middle and high school? Are there different effects for at-risk and not at-risk children and youth? Gender effects? Grade level effects? Which individual components of a mentoring program produce the greatest effects? This is a collaborative effort between local schools, colleges and community organizations. College students have been involved at every level of this process. ​



    Effects of Students’ Grade Level, Gender, and Form of Bullying Victimization on Coping Strategy Effectiveness, International Journal of Bullying Prevention - June 27, 2020
    Collaborators: Dharma Jairam; Stan Davis; Christine Linkie; Seria Chatters; James Hodge

    Responding to bullying victimization: Comparative analysis of victimized students in general and special education, Journal of Disability Policy Studies - March, 2017
    Collaborators: Michael Hartley, Co-Author; Sheri Bauman, Co-Author; Stan Davis, Co-Author

    Racially-focused peer victimization: Prevalence, psychosocial impacts, and the influence of coping strategies, Psychology of Violence - 2016
    Collaborators: JJ Mendez, Co-Author; Sheri Bauman, Co-Author; Michael Sulkowski, Co-Author; Stan Davis, Co-Author

    Targets of peer mistreatment: Do they tell adults? What happens when they do?, Teaching and Teacher Education - 2016
    Collaborators: Sheri Bauman, Co-Author; DJ Meter, Co-Author; Stan Davis, Co-Author

    Manuscript ID JDPS-10-15-0110 titled "Responding to Bullying Victimization: Comparative Analysis of Victimized Students in General and Special Education,", Journal of Disability Policy Studies
    Collaborators: Michael Hartley, Primary Author; Sheri Bauman, Co-Author; Stan Davis, Co-Author

    Peer Victimization in Youth from Immigrant and Non-Immigrant U.S. Families, School Psychology International
    Collaborators: Michael Sulkowski, Co-Author; Sheri Bauman; Savannah Wright; Stan Davis

    Cyber-Bullying, Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics - 2014

    An investigation into how students' respond to being victimized by peer aggression, Journal of School Violence - 2014
    Collaborators: Michael Sulkowski, Co-Author; Sheri Bauman, Co-Author; Stephanie Dinner, Co-Author; Stanley Davis, Co-Author

    Racially-Focused Peer Victimization Prevalence, Psychosocial Impacts, and the Influence of Coping Strategies, Psychology of Violence
    Collaborators: Julian Mendez; Sheri Bauman; Stan Davis; Array Array

    Comparative study of bullying victimization among students in general and special education, Exceptional Children
    Collaborators: Michael Hartley, Co-Author; Sheri Bauman; Stanley Davis

    Youth Voice Project: Student Insights into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment - November, 2013
    Collaborator: S. Davis, Co-Author

    Borden and Abbott’s Research Design and Methods - 2012

    Empowering Bystanders - 2011
    Collaborator: S. Davis

    Relational victimization and somatic complaints during adolescence, Journal of Adolescent Health - 2011
    Collaborators: C.A. Linkie; P.K. Coleman; C. Fitch

    What students say about bullying, Educational Leadership - 2011
    Collaborator: S. Davis

    Reducing adolescents’ involvement with relational aggression: evaluating the effectiveness of the Creating A Safe School (CASS) Intervention, Psychology in the Schools - 2010
    Collaborator: N.E. Werner

    Predictors and correlates of abortion in the fragile families and well-being study: Paternal behavior, substance use, and partner violence, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - 2009
    Collaborators: C.D. Maxey; M. Spence; P.K. Coleman

    Foreword - 2008

    Matlin’s Psychology of Women - 2008

    Effectiveness of antismoking public service announcements on children’s intent to smoke, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors - 2008
    Collaborators: P. Mansfield; M. Thoms

    What is relational aggression? - 2007

    Santrock’s Child Development - 2006

    An exploratory analysis of the relationship between consumer socialization agents and children’s consumption of tobacco, Journal of College Teaching & Learning - 2006
    Collaborators: P. Mansfield; M. Thoms

    Normative beliefs and relational aggression: An investigation of the cognitive bases of adolescent aggressive behavior, Journal of Youth and Adolescence - 2005
    Collaborator: N. Werner

    Girl wars: 12 strategies that will end female bullying - 2003
    Collaborator: C. Dellasega

    Family experiences and early emotion understanding, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly - 2001
    Collaborator: A.C. Watson

    Sibling disability and children’s reactivity to conflicts involving family members, Journal of Family Psychology - 1999
    Collaborator: E.M. Cummings

    Social interaction skills and theory of mind in young children, Developmental Psychology - 1999
    Collaborators: A.C. Watson; A. Wilson; L. Capage


    Ph D, Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University

    MS, Psychology, West Virginia University

    MA, Guidance & Counseling, Bowling Green State University

    BS, Psychology, Biology, Marietta College