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Rogério Meireles Pinto

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Social Work


Rogério Meireles Pinto is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Social Work. He is a Brazilian-born psychiatric social work researcher with more than a decade of clinical and community practice, and expertise in Community Based Participatory Research and mixed-method research. He was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and he grew up speaking Portuguese, during a dictatorship that spanned about the first twenty years of his life. He was trained first as a biologist in Brazil, and then moved to New York City, where he lived as an undocumented immigrant for nearly a decade. He self-taught English as he worked as a dishwasher, delivering pizza, and hairdressing. While he was going to school for his master’s degree in social work (Yeshiva University), he learned Spanish in order to provide HIV-prevention, substance misuse, and community organizing services to Latinx immigrants, and racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. After several years of social work practice, he earned a PhD from Columbia University, and then went on a 3-year fellowship funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. His PhD and postdoctoral fellowship paved the way for a successful career as a social work researcher. Professor Pinto’s longitudinal research including Latinx psychosocial services providers – social workers, psychologists, substance misuse counselors, etc. – shows Latinx ethnicity predicts higher volume of referrals to HIV testing and HIV primary care along with high endorsement of interprofessional collaboration, and also higher odds of offering psychoeducation about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). This type of research is sorely needed to identify more specifically the contributions of Latinx providers as without these services the HIV Continuum of Care and Prevention cannot succeed. A comprehensive review of the literature shows that cisgender and transgender Latinas are left out of messages often designed for men who have sex with men. Latino men also face barriers to PrEP access, as they have less access to health insurance and frequently face provider-level stigma concerning the use of PrEP.

Research Interests:

Implementation Science, HIV prevention, Oppressed Groups, Practitioners, International Research