Assistant Professor Maria Piñeros-Leaño, PhD, MSW, MPH, joined the School of Social Work in 2018. She obtained her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was an Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program Fellow. Her research focuses on understanding the links between maternal mental health and child health. Specifically, her current research explores the role that maternal depression has on the development of childhood obesity among minority groups. She also does extensive research on culturally-adapted interventions to work with Latino populations.
Dr. Piñeros’ most recent work explores the effects that maternal depression has on childhood obesity using secondary data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. She has also investigated feeding choices and practices among first generation Latina mothers. She conducted in-depth interviews with 30 participants to understand how feeding practices changed before and after migration to the United States. Dr. Piñeros is also a co-PI in a transnational study between the United States and Mexico that investigates the repercussions of acculturation on body composition among mothers and children.
Cintron, V., Piedra, L. M., Pineros-Leano, M. (In print). Vida Alegre: Teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Spanish. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
Tabb, K., Malinga, T., Pineros-Leano, M., Andrade, F. (2017). Impact of pre-pregnancy weight and gestational weight gain on birth outcomes by nativity: A systematic review. Healthcare, 5, 67. doi: 10.3390/healthcare5040067
Pineros-Leano, M., Liechty, J. M., & Piedra, L. (2017). Latino immigrants, depressive symptoms, and cognitive behavioral therapy: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 208, 567–576. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.10.025
Saltzman, J. A., Pineros-Leano, M., Liechty, J. M., Bost, K. K., & Fiese, B. H. (2016). Eating, feeding, and feeling: emotional responsiveness mediates longitudinal associations between maternal binge eating, feeding practices, and child weight. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13(1), 1. doi: 10.1186/s12966-016-0415-5 http://ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12966-016-0415-5
Tabb, K. M., Choi, S., Pineros-Leano, M., Meline, B., McDonald, H. G., Kester, R., & Huang, H. (2015). Perinatal depression screening in a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program: Perception of feasibility and acceptability among a multidisciplinary staff. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37(4), 305-309. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.03.008
Pineros-Leano, M., Tabb, K. M., Sears, H., Meline, B., & Huang, H. (2015). Clinic staff attitudes towards the use of mHealth technology to conduct perinatal depression screenings: A qualitative study. Family Practice, 32(2), 211-215. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmu083
Albino, S., Tabb, K. M., Requena, D., Egoavil, M., Pineros-Leano, M., Zunt, J. R., & García, P. J. (2014). Perceptions and acceptability of short message services technology to improve treatment adherence amongst tuberculosis patients in Peru: a Focus Group Study. PloS One, 9(5), e95770. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095770