5940 Wesley W. Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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Research Interests: My research focuses on 1) the conceptualization and development of achievement motivation and engagement, 2) the effects of multiple ecological systems on the behavioral, social, and emotional development of youth from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and 3) the impact of school-based preventions and interventions targeting children’s academic skills and developmental problems.
My specific research interests include: Achievement motivation and engagement, school/classroom climate, family socialization, risk and resilience, social and emotional development, STEM interest development, behavioral problems and mental health, transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
Accepting Graduate Students: Yes
Graduate Student Advisees
- Romina Sevilla
- EdD, Harvard University
- Steven Manners Faculty Research Award, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
- Outstanding Early Career Research Award in Division E, American Educational Research Association (2012)
- Outstanding Dissertation Award in Division 15, American Psychological Association (2009)
Wang, M. T., & Huguley, J. (2012). The buffering role of racial socialization from parents on the association between racial discrimination and adolescents educational outcomes. Child Development, 83, 1716-1731.
Wang, M. T., Brinkworth, M. E., & Eccles, J. S. (2013). The moderation effect of teacher-student relationship on the association between adolescents self-regulation ability, family conflict, and developmental problems. Developmental Psychology, 49, 690-705.
Wang, M. T., Eccles, J. S., & Kenny, S. (2013). Not lack of ability but more choice: Individual and gender differences in STEM career choice. Psychological Science, 24, 770-775.
Wang, M. T., & Peck, S. (2013). Adolescent educational success and mental health vary across school engagement profiles. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1266-1276.
Wang, M. T., & Kenny, S. (early view online). Longitudinal links between fathers and mothers harsh verbal discipline and adolescents conduct problems and depressive symptoms. Child Development.
Wang, M. T., & Degol, J. (early view online). Motivational pathways to STEM career choices: Using expectancy-value perspective to understand individual and gender differences in STEM fields. Developmental Review.