Dr. Wang is a developmental psychologist whose research interests focus on child and adolescent development. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard University. His current research focuses on (1) the non-cognitive factors (e.g., grit, inhibitory control, emotion regulation, personality) and learning, (2) the impact of school climate and family socialization on students' motivational beliefs and engagement, (3) the effects of multiple ecological systems on the behavioral, social, and emotional development of youth from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrouns, and (4) the impact of school- and family-based interventions targeting children's academic skills and developmental problems.
His work has been published in a range of leading psychology and education journals including Child Development, Psychological Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Research on Adoelscence, and American Educational Research Journal. He has received research grants from the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.
Achievement motivation and engagement, non-cognitive factors and learning, school climate, family socialization, risk and resilience, prevention and intervention, racial socialization and racial identity development, social and emotional development, STEM career development, behavioral problems and mental health, transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
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