Assistant Professor María 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 Latinx populations.
Dr. Piñeros-Leaño’s 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-Leaño 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.
Simonovich, S.D., Piñeros-Leaño, M., Bass, M.E., Stromer, S.M., Kim, K.C., Meline, B., Tabb, K.M. (In Press). WIC professionals’ adaptations in clinical practice to better assess and address household food insecurity in diverse nonmetropolitan families. Beyond Borders: Advances in Global Welfare.
Piñeros-Leaño, 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.
Piñeros-Leaño, 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.
Cintron, V., Piedra, L. M., Piñeros-Leaño, M. (2018). Vida Alegre: Teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Spanish. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
Tabb, K., Malinga, T., Piñeros-Leaño, 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
Piñeros-Leaño, 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., Piñeros-Leaño, 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., Piñeros-Leaño, 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
Piñeros-Leaño, 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., Piñeros-Leaño, 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
Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention. 2019 Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, California