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

Del Toro, J., Jackson, D. B., Testa, A., & Wang, M.-T. (2023). The spillover effects of classmates’ police intrusion on adolescents’ school-based defiant behaviors: the mediating role of institutional trust. American Psychologist. Advance online publication.

Del Toro, J., Fine, A., & Wang, M.T. (2022). The intergenerational effects of paternal incarceration on children’s social and psychological well-being from early childhood to adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S0954579421001693

Del Toro, J., Jackson, D. B., & Wang, M.-T. (2022). The policing paradox: Police stops predict youth’s school disengagement via elevated psychological distress. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001361

Wang, M.-T., Scanlon, C. L., Hua, Meng., Zhang, A., Belmont, A., & Del Toro, J. (2022).Social distancing and adolescent affect: The protective role of practical knowledge and exercise. Academic Pediatrics, 22, 401-412.

Wang, M., Del Toro, J., Henry, D., Scanlon, C., & Schall, J. (2022). Family resilience during the COVID-19 onset: A daily-diary inquiry into parental employment status, parent–adolescent relationships, and well-being. Development and Psychopathology, 1-13. 

Juan Del Toro's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Ming-Te Wang and Juan Del Toro were featured in the August 2 Huffington Post article "1 in 2 Black Teens Experienced Racism Online In 2020. What Parents Should Know."

August 8, 2022


Ming-Te Wang and Juan Del Toro were featured in an August 1 The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education article "University of Pittsburgh Study Detected an Increase in Online Racism Directed at Black Youth," for their recent publication "Online racism and mental health among Black American adolescents in 2020."

August 8, 2022


Ming-Te Wang and Juan Del Toro were featured in the July 25 Pittwire feature "1 in 2 Black adolescents faced online racial discrimination in 2020, a Pitt study found" for their recent publication "Online racism and mental health among Black American adolescents in 2020.

August 8, 2022


IES grant awarded to Ming-Te Wang and co-investigators Jamie Hanson, Juan Tel Toro, Xu Qin (School of Education) and James Huguley (School of Social Work) for Wang's proposal "COVID-19 Adapted Schooling and Adolescents' Academic and Socio-emotional Adjustment."

July 11, 2022

Juan Del Toro, LRDC Research Associate, was featured in the April 8, 2022, Forbes Magazine article, "Teens More Likely to Skip School After Being Stopped by Police."

April 18, 2022


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