Ming-Te Wang, Ph.D.


5940 Wesley W. Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260






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Research Interests

Achievement motivation, parenting, school learning, child/adolescent socioemotional development, prevention/intervention.


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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)


  • Publication 1074

    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.

  • Publication 1073

    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.

  • Publication 1072

    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.

  • Publication 1071

    Wang, M. T., & Peck, S. (2013). Adolescent educational success and mental health vary across school engagement profiles. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1266-1276.

  • Publication 1070

    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.

  • Publication 1069

    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.