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About Jonathan B. Santo, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Santo is a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He serves as director of the graduate Developmental Psychology program and associate director of the Office of Latino/Latin-American Studies. 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.


Present Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Curriculum Vitae


2018 - 2021 Conviver: Enhancing Social Responsibility and Prosocial Leadership in Elementary School Children in Brazil
Templeton World Charity Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Josafa Da Cunha & Kendra Thomas
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2006 - 2009 Ph.D., Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada ‐ Center for Research in Human Development (CRDH)

Contact Information

Arts & Sciences Hall 418 "C"
Omaha, NE 68182


Peer Relations: Moderators of the associations between negative peer experiences (34)