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Daniel Hackman

Associate Professor

Examines the role of early experience and the psychological and biological factors that contribute to disparities in health and development.

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Daniel Hackman

Associate Professor

Examines the role of early experience and the psychological and biological factors that contribute to disparities in health and development.

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Daniel A. Hackman is interested in how social and environmental contexts influence developmental trajectories of health and well-being across the lifecourse. He investigates how socioeconomic, family, and neighborhood factors, particularly those in early childhood, become associated with the cognitive, affective, and biological systems that influence healthy development. His focus has been on executive function and stress reactivity, at the behavioral, physiological, neurobiological level. He is also interested in the social experiences and mechanisms that can promote health and attenuate risk processes, as Dr. Hackman aims to leverage this work to identify more effective policy and programmatic approaches to prevent and reduce socioeconomic disparities.
Dr. Hackman uses a multi-method, interdisciplinary approach, often longitudinal in nature, integrating tools from population health, psychology, neuroscience, and social work. Recently, he has also developed a virtual reality-based experimental model of neighborhood disadvantage and affluence that can be employed to test mechanistic and developmental hypotheses concerning neighborhood effects on cognition, emotion, physiology and health across development.
Prior to his appointment at USC, Dr. Hackman was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a predoctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics, part of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Hackman also has experience as a policy advocate in the nonprofit sector, focused on chronic disease prevention in childhood and adolescence.
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University of Pennsylvania

PhD 2012

University of Pennsylvania

MA 2007

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

MA 2006

Brown University

ScB 1998


  • USC Spatial Sciences Institute


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar

2014 - 2016 University of Wisconsin, Madison

Articles & Publications

Hackman, D. A., Duan, L., McConnell, E., *Lee, W. J., Beak, A. S. & Kraemer, D. J. M. (2022).  School climate, cortical structure, and socioemotional functioning: Associations across family income levels. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01833

Hackman, D. A., Suthar, H., *Palmer Molina, A., Dawson, W. C., & Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2022). Neighborhood poverty, intergenerational mobility, and early developmental health in a population birth cohort. Health & Place, 74, 102754. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102754

Hackman, D. A., Cserbik, D., Chen, J. C., Berhane, K. T., Minaravesh, B., McConnell, R., & Herting, M. M.  (2021).  Association of local variation in neighborhood disadvantage in metropolitan areas with youth neurocognition and brain structure. JAMA Pediatrics, 175(8),e210426–e210426. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0426

Cserbik, D., Chen, J. C., McConnell, R., Berhane, K., Sowell, E. R., Schwarz, J, Hackman, D. A., Kan, E., Fan, C. C., & Herting, M. M.  (2020).  Fine particulate matter exposure during childhood relates to hemispheric-specific differences in brain structure. Environment International, 143, 105933. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105933

Hackman, D. A., Robert, S. A., Grübel, J., Weibel, R., Anagnostou, E., Hölscher, C., & Schinazi, V. R.  (2019).  Neighborhood environments influence emotion and physiological reactivity.  Scientific Reports, 9(1), 9498. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-45876-8

Hackman, D. A.^, O’Brien, J. R., & Zalewski, M.,^ (2018).  Enduring association between parenting and cortisol: A meta-analysis. Child Development, 89(5), 1485-1503. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13077

^ Denotes equal authorship

Hackman, D. A., Gallop, R., Evans, G.W., & Farah, M. J.  (2015). Socioeconomic status and executive function: Developmental trajectories and mediation.  Developmental Science, 18(5), 686–702. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12246

Hackman, D. A., Betancourt, L. M., Gallop, R., Romer, D., Brodsky, N. L., Hurt, H., & Farah, M. J. (2014). Mapping the trajectory of socioeconomic disparity in working memory: Parental and neighborhood factors.  Child Development, 85(4), 1433-1445.  https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12242