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., 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., Fine, A., & Wang, M. (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. <i> Developmental Psychology. </i> Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001361

Wang, MT., Henry, D.A., Wu, W., Del Toro, J., & Huguley, J.P. Racial Stereotype Endorsement, Academic Engagement, Mindset, and Performance among Black and White American Adolescents.  J Youth Adolescence  51, 984–1001 (2022). 

Wang, M.T.,  Scanlon, C.L., Del Toro, J., & McKellar, S.E. (2022) Reducing suspension for minor infraction and improving school climate perceptions among black adolescents via cultural socialization: A multi-informant longitudinal study. Learning and Instruction, Volume 80. 

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News and Awards

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."

2022-04-18

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Juan Del Toro wrote a recent editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. In the editorial, he provided directions for future research on racial disparities in policing among children and comments on a recently published empirical study based in the United Kingdom.

2021-10-04

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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

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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

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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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Contact

511C MURDC

juan.deltoro@pitt.edu

(412) 624-7069