Carl A. Grant Scholars Lecture - Integrating Social Science and Behavioral Genetics to Understand the Antecedents and Consequences of Racial Discrimination
April 15, 2022, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Central Time
Educational Sciences Room 259
Dr. Juan Del Toro
Research Associate at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), University of Pittsburgh
Nationwide data suggested that one-in-four youth of color experienced interpersonal racial discrimination, let alone the structural and institutional barriers they frequently encounter. In my talk, I will present how I integrate social surveys, administrative records, and biological data to understand how racial discrimination shapes human development across the lifespan from childhood to adulthood. Specifically, I use multi-method, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approaches to elucidate: (1) why specifying perpetrators of racial discrimination matters for child development and (2) the direct and intergenerational consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. I will conclude with my future directions utilizing behavioral genetic approaches to study race-related dynamics among adolescent-aged siblings of color. Throughout my presentation, I will discuss how my research supports efforts promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This event will be available for remote viewing through Zoom.