David  Schwartz

David Schwartz

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1994
M.S. Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1992

Contact info

davschw@usc.eduPhone: 213-740-3968SGM-629


Educational Psychology

David Schwartz

David Schwartz joined the USC psychology faculty in 1997. Schwartz's current research interests focus on children's peer relationships and on the link between early social maladjustment and later disorder.

His initial investigations were concerned primarily with bully/victim problems in school peer groups, and he has published a number of articles focusing on chronically bullied children. Schwartz has also been involved in research on social rejection, popularity, friendship, and cultural influences on children's interactions with peers.

Prior to joining USC, he served as Program Coordinator of a United Nations-funded psychosocial intervention program in Mostar, Bosnia. This program was designed to provide mental health services to children affected by the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.



Current research projects focus on bully/victim problems, popularity/unpopularity, and friendship in Los Angeles area schools.

Professional Experience:

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Child Development, 2007-  
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2004-
  • Editorial Board, Developmental Psychology, 1999-2004

Honors and Awards:

Certificate of Recognization for Excellence in Mentoring, Mellon Program, 2005-  

Selected Publications

  • Cillessen, Antonius; Schwartz, David; Mayuex, Lara (Ed.). (2011). Popularity in the Peer System. New York: Guilford.
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