Melissa Hagan, PhD

Asst Professor
+1 628 206-6166

Dr. Melissa Hagan  is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Psychiatry Department at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hagan earned an MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Child Trauma Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on the biological embedding of early adversity, parent-child relationships, and family-based interventions for children exposed to stressful life events. 


Homeplace: Care and resistance among public housing residents facing mixed-income redevelopment.

The American journal of orthopsychiatry

Hagan MJ, Hall AR, Mamo L, Ramos J, Dubbin L

Event-related clinical distress in college students: Responses to the 2016?U.S. Presidential election.

Journal of American college health : J of ACH

Hagan MJ, Sladek MR, Luecken LJ, Doane LD

Binge drinking in adolescence predicts an atypical cortisol stress response in young adulthood.


Hagan MJ, Modecki K, Moctezuma Tan L, Luecken L, Wolchik S, Sandler I

A pilot investigation of differential neuroendocrine associations with fronto-limbic activation during semantically-cued list learning in mood disorders.

Journal of affective disorders

Peters AT, Smith RA, Kassel MT, Hagan M, Maki P, Van Meter A, Briceño EM, Ryan KA, Weldon AL, Weisenbach SL, Starkman MN, Langenecker SA

Girls' Sleep Trajectories Across the Pubertal Transition: Emerging Racial/Ethnic Differences.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Hoyt LT, Deardorff J, Marceau K, Laurent CA, Windham GC, Greenspan LC, Pinney SM, Teitelbaum S, Grimm KJ, Hagan MJ, Biro FM, Wolff MS, Kushi LH, Hiatt RA

Food insecurity is associated with maternal depression and child pervasive developmental symptoms in low-income Latino households.

Journal of hunger & environmental nutrition

Nagata JM, Gomberg S, Hagan MJ, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM

Child temperament and teacher relationship interactively predict cortisol expression: The prism of classroom climate.

Development and psychopathology

Roubinov DS, Hagan MJ, Boyce WT, Essex MJ, Bush NR

PTSD with and without dissociation in young children exposed to interpersonal trauma.

Journal of affective disorders

Hagan MJ, Gentry M, Ippen CG, Lieberman AF

Parent and Child Trauma Symptoms During Child-Parent Psychotherapy: A Prospective Cohort Study of Dyadic Change.

Journal of traumatic stress

Hagan MJ, Browne DT, Sulik M, Ippen CG, Bush N, Lieberman AF

Acute cortisol reactivity attenuates engagement of fronto-parietal and striatal regions during emotion processing in negative mood disorders.


Peters AT, Van Meter A, Pruitt PJ, Briceño EM, Ryan KA, Hagan M, Weldon AL, Kassel MT, Vederman A, Zubieta JK, McInnis M, Weisenbach SL, Langenecker SA

Childhood negative emotionality predicts biobehavioral dysregulation fifteen years later.

Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Hagan MJ, Luecken LJ, Modecki KL, Sandler IN, Wolchik SA

Early Childhood Victimization and Physical Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy: A Developmental and Person-Oriented Approach.

Journal of interpersonal violence

Narayan AJ, Hagan MJ, Cohodes E, Rivera LM, Lieberman AF

Matched trauma: The role of parents' and children's shared history of childhood domestic violence exposure in parents' report of children's trauma-related symptomatology.

Journal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)

Cohodes E, Hagan M, Narayan A, Lieberman A

No Association between Obesity and Behavior in Low-income, Preschool Latino Children.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

Nagata JM, Hagan MJ, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM

Stress Response to the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Environment in Healthy Adults Relates to the Degree of Limbic Reactivity during Emotion Processing.


Weldon AL, Hagan M, Van Meter A, Jacobs RH, Kassel MT, Hazlett KE, Haase BD, Vederman AC, Avery E, Briceno EM, Welsh RC, Zubieta JK, Weisenbach SL, Langenecker SA

Effects of a prevention program for divorced families on youth cortisol reactivity 15 years later.

Psychology & health

Luecken LJ, Hagan MJ, Mahrer NE, Wolchik SA, Sandler IN, Tein JY

Longitudinal mediators of a randomized prevention program effect on cortisol for youth from parentally bereaved families.

Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research

Luecken LJ, Hagan MJ, Sandler IN, Tein JY, Ayers TS, Wolchik SA

Latent profiles of nonresidential father engagement six years after divorce predict long-term offspring outcomes.

Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53

Modecki KL, Hagan MJ, Sandler I, Wolchik SA

Childhood interparental conflict and HPA axis activity in young adulthood: examining nonlinear relations.

Developmental psychobiology

Hagan MJ, Roubinov DS, Purdom Marreiro CL, Luecken LJ

Strengthening effective parenting practices over the long term: effects of a preventive intervention for parentally bereaved families.

Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53

Hagan MJ, Tein JY, Sandler IN, Wolchik SA, Ayers TS, Luecken LJ

Positive parenting during childhood moderates the impact of recent negative events on cortisol activity in parentally bereaved youth.


Hagan MJ, Roubinov DS, Gress-Smith J, Luecken LJ, Sandler IN, Wolchik S

Prospective effects of post-bereavement negative events on cortisol activity in parentally bereaved youth.

Developmental psychobiology

Hagan MJ, Luecken LJ, Sandler IN, Tein JY

Cortisol levels six-years after participation in the Family Bereavement Program.


Luecken LJ, Hagan MJ, Sandler IN, Tein JY, Ayers TS, Wolchik SA