Faculty Directory

María Piñeros-Leaño

Assistant Professor

Selected Publications

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Select Grants

Schiller Institute Grants for Exploratory Collaborative Scholarship (SIGECS). Developing Culturally-Tailored Interventions to Overcome Genomic Health Disparities in Communities of Color. 2021. Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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