Juan Del Toro

Research Associate, Dr. Wang

Research Interests

I am currently a Research Associate at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at New York University. My research program examines the short- and long-term consequences associated with specific perpetrators of racial discrimination across the life span from childhood to adulthood. Specifically, I take a multi-method, multidisciplinary, and collaborative approach to investigate: (1) why distinguishing between perpetrators of racial discrimination matters for child development, (2) what are the direct and intergenerational consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system, and (3) what are opportunities that peers, educators, and families can leverage to reduce the negative effects of unwarranted involvement in the criminal justice system on children’s developmental competencies.

Educational Achievement Minoritized Groups

Related Research Areas

Educational Opportunities, Equity, & Attainment Motivation & Engagement

Recent Publications

Wang, M.T., Scanlon, C.L., Hua, M., Belmont, A.M., Zhang, A.L., & Del Toro, J. (2021) "Social distancing and adolescent psychological well-being: the role of practical knowledge and exercise." Academic Pediatrics.

Del Toro, J., Wang, M. T., Thomas, A., & Hughes, D. (2021). "An intersectional approach to understanding the academic and health effects of policing among urban adolescents." Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Del Toro, J., & Wang, M.-T. (2021). The roles of suspensions for minor infractions and school climate in predicting academic performance among adolescents. American Psychologist.

Wang, M, Henry, D.A., Del Toro, J., Scanlon, C.L., & Schall, J.D. (2021). "COVID-19 employment status, dyadic family relationships, and child psychological well-being." Journal of Adolescent Health.

Mezuk, B., Del Toro, J., Courtney, M.G., Kirk, K.F., Zhang, X., Spears, E.C., Green, T., Lee, H., & Hudson, D. (2021). Theory and empiricism: A comment on "Interrogating the environmental affordances model" by Pamplin and colleagues. Social Science & Medicine.

Juan's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Ming-Te Wang, Christina Scanlon, Meng Hua, and Juan Del Toro are featured in the May 18 Pittwire article, "How to Promote Adolescent Social Distancing," for their study, "Safely Social: Promoting and Sustaining Adolescent Engagement in Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

May 18, 2021


Kudos to Juan Del Toro (PI), postdoc mentee, and Ming-Te Wang, who have received a racial equity special grant from Spencer Foundation for "Police Stops and School Adjustment: Examining Underlying and Protective Mechanisms among Black Adolescents."

April 15, 2021


Kudos to Ming-Te Wang, Associate Professor, Education and Psychology, and Juan Del Toro, Post Doc for being recipiants of an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their study on “Police Stops and School Adjustment: Examining Underlying and Protective Mechanisms among Black Adolescents.”

May 15, 2020

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