Ming-Te Wang

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Ming-Te Wang

Ming-Te Wang

University of Pittsburgh
5948 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6945
Email: mtwang@pitt.edu


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.

Research interests:

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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School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • African American Students’ Contextual Experiences, Identity Development, Motivations, and Performance in STEM

    2015 - 2019
  • Assessing Student Engagement in Math and Science in Middle School: Classroom, Family, and Peer Effects on Engagement

    2013 - 2016
  • Parent Socialization and School Engagement as a Mechanism of Resilience for Adolescent Development

    2013 - 2015
  • Understanding Individual and Ethnic Differences in Educational and Developmental Pathways

    2013 - 2014
  • Beyond Achievement: Understanding Female Interest in Science and Mathematics

    2012 - 2014

Recent Publications

  • Wang, M. T., & Sheikh-Khalil, S. (2014). Does parental involvement matter for adolescent achievement and mental health in high school? Child Development, 85, 610-625.
  • 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. (2014). Motivational pathways to STEM career choices: Using expectancy-value perspective to understand individual and gender differences in STEM fields. Developmental Review, 33, 304-340.
  • Wang, M. T., & Eccles, J. S. (in press). Multilevel predictors of math classroom climate: A comparison study of student and teacher perceptions. Journal of Research on Adolescence
  • Wang, M. T., Hill, N., & Hofkens, T (in press). Parental involvement and African American and European American adolescents' academic, behavioral, and emotional development in secondary school. Child Development
  • Wang, M. T., & Kenny, S. (early view online). Parental physical discipline and adolescent adjustment: Bi-directionality and the moderation effect of child ethnicity and parental warmth. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
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