Santo serves as director of the graduate Developmental Psychology program and faculty member in the Office of Latino/Latin-American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Most of his research focuses on the impact of peer relations on child and adolescent development, with emphasis on the importance of friendships as a source of social support. Santo also studies cultural differences in factors related to self-esteem as well as classroom-level influences. Ultimately, his research is aimed at improving the lives of children and adolescents by fostering supportive school environments and encouraging positive peer relationships.
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Investigates the impact of race-based victimization on academic functioning in a nationwide sample of Brazilian youth. Results indicate that ethnic/racial victimization had a significantly negative relationship with academic functioning, with detrimental effects even after accounting for other forms of victimization.