Faculty Directory

María Fernanda Piñeros-Leaño

Assistant Professor

Selected Publications

Pineros-Leano, M., Salas-Wright, C.P., Maldonado-Molina, M.M., Hodges, J.C., Brown, E.C., Bates, M.M., Mendez-Campos, B., Rodríguez, J., & Schwartz, S.J.  (2022). Technology-based Communication among Hurricane Maria Survivors in the United States: A Trans-Territorial Lens. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Pineros-Leano, M., Parchment, T. M., Calvo., R. (2022). Family Interventions to improve mental and behavioral health outcomes among Latine children: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review.

Pineros-Leano, M., Pérez-Flores, N. J., Damian, K., Rodrigues, K., Ortiz, G, Simonovich, S. D. (2022). Mental health disparities in Latinx immigrant communities during COVID-19: Implications for Policy and Practice. Frontiers in Public Health

Pineros-Leano, M., Pérez-Flores, N. J., Damian, K., Piñeros-Leaño, N., Yao, L., Rodrigues, K. (2022). Context matters: A qualitative study about the perinatal experiences of Latina immigrant women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Grafft, N.*, Rodrigues, K., Costas-Rodriguez, B., Pineros-Leano, M. (2022).  Latinx immigrants and complex layers of trauma: Providers’ perspectives. Journal of Latinx Psychology

Pineros-Leano, M., Grafft, N., Aguayo, L. (2022). Childhood obesity risk factors by race and ethnicity. Obesity

Grafft, N.*, Dwyer, A. A., Pineros-Leano, M. (2022). Latinx individuals’ knowledge of, preferences for, and experiences with prenatal genetic testing: A scoping review. BMC Reproductive Health

Tabb, K. M., Bentley, B., Pineros-Leano, M., Simonnovich, S. D., Nidey, N., Ross, K.,   Huang, W. D., Huang, H. (2022). Home Visiting as an equitable intervention for perinatal depression: A scoping Review. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Mehmet, B., McDonald, I. R., Saldarriaga, S., Pineros-Leano, M., Dwyer, A. A. (2022). What’s missing in sex chromosome aneuploidies? Representation and inclusion. Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Pineros-Leano, M., Saran, I., Parchment, T., Grafft, N. (2021). Prevalence and predictors of parental depression: Results from a 15-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.030

Simonnovich, S.D., Nidey., N. L., Gaving, A. R., Pineros-Leano, M., Hsieh, W., Sbrilli, M., Ables-Torres, L.A., Huang, H., Ryckman, K., Tabb, K. M. (2021). Meta-     analysis of antenatal depression and adverse birth outcomes in US populations 2010-20. Health Affairs.

Salas-Wright, C.P., Cano, M., Hang, A.H., Cano, M.A., Oh, S., Pineros-Leano, M., &  Vaughn, M.G. (2021). Alcohol abstinence and binge drinking: The intersections of language and gender among Hispanic adults in a national sample, 2002-2018. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Endocrinology.

Aguayo, L., Pineros-Leano, M., Alam, R., Aguirre-Pereyra, R., Schwingel, A.,    Cunningham, S. A. (2021). The association of family nutrition and physical activity (FNPA) screening tool with children’s working memory: A cross-sectional study among Mexican young children. Children.

Pineros-Leano, M., Grafft, N. (2021). Racial and ethnic disparities in childhood growth trajectories. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Pineros-Leano, M., Yao, L., Simonovich, S. D., Piñeros-Leaño, N., Huang, H. (2021). “I don't have time to be sad": Experiences and perceptions of sadness among Latina mothers. Social Work.

Simonovich, S. D., Pineros-Leano, M., Hench, K., Meline, B., Tabb, K. M. (2021). Formula and Milk Food Insecurity amongst infants and children in WIC families.  Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research.

Pineros-Leano, M., Saltzman, J. A., Aguayo, L., Liechty, J. M., Musaad, S. (2021).  Maternal depressive symptoms and their association with breastfeeding and child weight outcomes. Children. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8030233

Pineros-Leano M., Yao, L., Yousuf, A., Oliveira, G. (2021). Depressive Symptoms and Emotional Distress of Transnational Mothers: A Scoping Review. Frontiers in Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.574100

Aguayo, L., Ogolsky, B., Teran-Garcia, M., Pineros-Leano, M., Wiley, A., Lin, J., Aguirre, Pereyra, R., Schwingel, A. (2021). From culture to chromosomes: A  mother-child dyadic study of acculturation, telomere lengths, and body fat. Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology. doi:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpnec.2021.100029    

Hong, J. S., Hsieh, Y.P., Burlaka, V., Ortega, R. M., Espelage, D. L., Pineros-Leano, M. (2021). Do Caregivers’ Health Conditions Impact Children’s Externalizing Behavior? The Roles of Caregivers’ Parenting Frustration and Family Cohesion.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-10. doi:   https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-020-00736-7

Hai, A. H., Lee, C., Oh, S., Vaughn, M.G., Pineros-Leano, M., Delva, J., & Salas- Wright, C. (2020). Trends and correlates of Internet support group participation for mental health problems in the United States, 2004-2018. Journal of  Psychiatric Research, 132, 136-143. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.10.012

Simonovich, S.D., Pineros-Leano, M., Bass, M.E., Stromer, S.M., Kim, K.C., Meline, B., Tabb, K.M. (2020). WIC professionals’ adaptations in clinical practice to better assess and address household food insecurity in diverse nonmetropolitan families. Beyond Borders: Advances in Global Welfare, 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.6017/bbagw.v1i1.11839

Simonovich, S.D., Pineros-Leano, M., Herman, A., Clark, M.H., Loiacono, B., Cory,  M., Estrada, M., Soto, D., Ali, A., Awosika, O., Buscemi, J. (2020). A systematic review examining the relationship between food insecurity and early childhood health outcomes. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 10(5), 1086-109.  doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibaa021

Lee, J., Hong, J. S., Tan, K., Pineros-Leano, M., Baek, S. A. (2020). Bullying      Victimization Profiles of School-Aged Adolescents and Associations with Weight  Statuses: A Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0886260520905087

Pineros-Leano, M. (2020). Association Between Early Maternal Depression and  Child Growth: A Group-Based Trajectory Modeling Analysis. Childhood Obesity, 16(1), 26-33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2019.0121

Tabb, K. M., Pérez-Flores, N. J., Pineros-Leano, M., Piedra, L. M., Meline, B., & Huang, H. (2019). Depressive Symptoms among Pregnant Low-Income Adolescents and Implications for Social Workers. Journal of Sociology, 7(2), 1-7.

Pineros-Leano, M., Tabb, K., Liechty, J., Castañeda, Y., & Williams, M. (2019). Feeding decision-making among first generation Latinas living in non-metropolitan and small metro areas. PloS One, 14(3), e0213442,          https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213442

Pineros-Leano, M., Tabb, K., Simonovich, S. D., Wang, Y., Meline, B., Huang, H. (2018). Racial differences in breastfeeding initiation among WIC participants in a Midwestern public health district. Health Equity, 2:1, 296-303. doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2018.0016

Cintron, V., Piedra, L. M., Pineros-Leano, M. (2018). Vida Alegre: Teaching Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy in Spanish. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(3), 292-310. doi: 10.1080/08841233.2018.146287

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 

Active Funding

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Improving Mental Health Among Colombian and Venezuelan Children and Youth Affected by Armed Conflict: Adaptation and Implementation of Two Trauma-informed, Evidence-based Interventions.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Understanding the needs of Post Maria Puerto Rican Migrants in New Growth Communities. 

Selected Appointments & Awards


Training Grant Recipient. William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational (AQC) Scholars Program. Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed-Methodologies (ICQCM). Competitive 2-year expenses-paid training grant.


Latino 30 Under 30. El Mundo, Boston, MA.

Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention. 2019 Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, California