Announcement
May 11, 2010

Dr. Rogério Pinto has been promoted to Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Pinto was recognized earlier this year by the Society for Social Work Research when he received their Early Career Achievement Award for innovative, rigorous research and scholarship and for the notable emerging impact he has had already on the field and the profession.

Dr. Pinto has extensive clinical and community experience in work with racial and ethnic minority populations. He held a three-year NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. An expert in community-based participatory HIV prevention research, he has conducted most of his teaching and research in the United States and Brazil.

In 2007, Dr. Pinto received a K01 award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine factors that facilitate researchers’ collaborations with HIV service providers and to develop evidence-based models of collaboration that can be tested and replicated. Associate Professor Pinto has research ongoing in both Brazil and New York where he is studying the role of providers in HIV-prevention research and factors that influence an engagement and retention of researchers and their community-based collaborators in health-related inquiries.

For more than a decade, Dr. Pinto has worked as a social work practitioner with immigrants and ethnic and racial minority individuals, groups, and families living in New York City as well as with community representatives drawn from community organizations. He has conducted community-wide needs and resources assessments, program evaluations, and efforts to build the capacity of community-based organizations. As a clinical social worker, he helped to implement an HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment program for Latino clients, provided bi-lingual mental health services to youth, adults and families, and provided concrete and clinical services to persons with mental retardation and their families. Associate Professor Pinto’s community work includes conducting community-wide substance abuse prevention needs and resources assessments, and supervision and implementation of a five-session curriculum on substance abuse prevention for parents and their adolescent children in several agencies in Queens County, NY. He also implemented and monitored an HIV prevention program for adolescents in two public schools in the Bronx and developed HIV, violence, and substance abuse prevention curricula, and recruited and trained inner-city adolescents to become HIV/AIDS peer educators.

The Columbia University School of Social Work faculty, staff and students extend their warmest congratulations to Dr. Rogério Pinto upon the occasion of his promotion to associate professor.

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