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Rogério Meireles Pinto

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work

Dr. Pinto is a Brazilian-born psychiatric social work researcher with more than a decade of clinical and community practice. He is an expert in Community Based Participatory Research and mixed-method research. He is the Principal Investigator on a NIMH K01 Career Development Award (2007-12) and NIMH R01 (2012-17). In the United States, Brazil and Spain, Dr. Pinto examines how transdisciplinary collaboration and practitioners’ involvement in research improves delivery of evidence-based services. He also studies factors that influence ethnic and sexual minority women's involvement in research and health care. His current R01 studies interagency collaboration among some 300 providers from 30 service agencies in New York City. Dr. Pinto is a scientific reviewer for NIH and Brazil’s Ministry of Health and Associate Editor for the Journal of Mixed Method Research. He received the Society for Social Work and Research 2004 Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 2010 Deborah Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. In 2013, he received the Graduate Student Faculty Mentoring Award from Columbia University.

Research Interests/Focus

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


Year Degree   School
2003 PhD Social Work Columbia University, New York, NY
2002 MP Philosophy Columbia University, New York, NY
1997 MSW Social Work Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York, New York
1986 BS Biological Science Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil


Project ICI
Interprofessional Collaboration Lab

Pinto, R. M., Witte, S., Filippone, P., & Wall, M. (2018). Recruiting and retaining service agencies and public health providers in longitudinal studies: Implications for community-engaged implementation research. Methodological Innovations.

Pinto, R. M., Witte, S., Filippone, P., Wall, M., & Choi, J. (2018). Policy interventions shaping HIV prevention: Providers’ active role in the HIV Continuum of Care. Health Education and Behavior.

Pinto, R. M., Spector, A., Witte, S., Filippone, P., Wall, M., & Choi, J. (2018). Training in evidence-based practices increases likelihood to integrate different HIV prevention services with substance-using clients. Social Work in Public Health, 33(3), 202-214.

Pinto, R. M., Berringer, K. R., Melendez, R. M., & Mmeje, O. (2018). Improving PrEP implementation through multilevel interventions: A synthesis of the literature. AIDS and Behavior.

Rahman, R., Pinto, R. M., Zanchetta, M. S., & Wall, M. M. (2017). Delivery of community-based care through inter-professional teams in Brazil's Unified Health System (UHS): Comparing perceptions across Community Health Agents (ACS), nurses and physicians. Journal of Community Health.

Rahman, R., Pinto, R. M., & Wall, M. (2017). HIV Education and Welfare Services in Primary Care: An Empirical Model of Integration in Brazil’s Unified Health System. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 294.

Pinto, R. M., Witte, S., Filippone, P., Whitman, W., & Baird, K. (2017). Factors that influence linkages to HIV Continuum of Care services: Implications for multi-level interventions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(11), 1355.

Ghesquiere A., Pinto, R. M., Rahman, R., & Spector, A. (2016). Factors associated with provision of patient-centered mental health care in Brazil's unified health system. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Spector, A. Y. & Pinto, R. M. (2016). Partnership matters in Health Services Research: A mixed methods study of practitioners’ involvement in research and subsequent use of evidence based interventions. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Spector, A. Y., Pinto, R. M., Rahman, R., & Da Fonseca, A. (2015). Implementation of Brazil's "Family Health Strategy": Factors associated with community health workers', nurses', and physicians', delivery of drug use services. International Journal of Drug Policy.

Zanchetta, M. S., Pinto, R. M., Galhego-Garcia, W., da Cunha, Z., Cordeiro, H. A., E Fagundes-Filho, F., Pinho, M. A. L., Voet, S. M. V., Talbot, Y., Caldas, R. S., de Souza, T. J., & Costa, E. (2014). Brazilian community health agents and qualitative primary healthcare information. Primary Health Care Research and Development 1-11.

Pinto, R. M., Spector, A. Y., Witte, S., & Gilbert, L. (2014). Systematizing planning and formative phases of HIV prevention research: Case studies from Brazil, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. Global Social Welfare, 1, 137-144.

Pinto, R. M., Rodriguez, S., Spector, A. Y., Choi, J., Martinez, O., & Wall, M. (2014). HIV practitioners in Madrid and New York improving inclusion of underrepresented populations in research. Health Promotion International.

Pinto, R. M., Rahman, R., & Williams, A. (2014). Policy advocacy and leadership training for formerly incarcerated women: An empowerment evaluation of ReConnect, a program of the Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of New York. Evaluation and Program Planning, 47, 71-81.

Pinto, R. M., Wall, M. & Spector, A. Y. (2014). Modeling the structure of partnership between researchers and front-line service providers: Strengthening collaborative public health research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8, 83-106.

Martinez, O., Wu, E., Sandfort, T., Dodge, B., Carballo-Diéguez, A., Pinto, R. M., Rhodes, S. D., Moya, E., & Chavez-Baray, S. (2014). Evaluating impact of immigration policies on health status among undocumented immigrants: A systematic review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Pinto, R. M., Wall, M., & Choi, J. (2014). Transdisciplinary collaboration: Integration of HIV services [Abstract]. Published for National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference.

Rahbel, R. & Pinto, R. M. (2014). Transdisciplinary health teams in Brazil’s health system [Abstract]. Published for National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference.

Pinto, R. M. & Rahman, R. (2014). Service integration by transdisciplinary health teams in Brazil's unified health system [Abstract]. Published for the Community Health Institute, San Diego Conference.

Windsor, L., Pinto, R. M., Benoit, E., Jessell, L., & Jemal, A. (2014). Community wise: The development of an anti-oppression model to promote individual and community health. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addiction, 14(4), 402-420.

Pinto, R. M., Spector, S., Rahman, R., & Gastolomendo, J. D. (2013). Research advisory board members' contributions and expectations in the USA. Health Promotion International.

Pinto, R. M., Spector, A. Y., Yu, Gary, & Campbell, A. N. C. (2013). Transdisciplinary collaboration and endorsement of pharmacological and psychosocial evidence-based practices by medical and psychosocial substance abuse treatment providers in the United States. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 20(5), 408-416.

Pinto, R. M. (2013). [Review of the book Financing Health in Latin America, Volume I: Household Spending and Impoverishment by F. M. Knaul, R. Wong, and H. Arreola-Ornelas (Eds.)]. International Journal of Social Welfare, 23(1), 113-114.

Pinto, R. M., Spector, A. Y., Yu, G., & Campbell, A. N. C. (2013). Does empirical evidence matter? Implications for practice and service providers' endorsement of alcohol and substance abuse treatments [Abstract]. Published for the 2013 Society For Social Work Research Annual Convention.

Pinto, R. M., Wall, M., Yu, G., Penido, C., & Schmidt, C. (2012). Primary care and public health services integration in Brazil's unified health system. American Journal of Public Health, 102(11), e69–e76.

Pinto, R. M. (2012). Pinto responds. American Journal of Public Health, 103(3), e3-34.

Pinto, R. M., Soriano, R., & da Silva, S. B. (2012). Community health workers in Brazil's unified health system: A framework of their praxis and contributions to patient health behaviors. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 940-947.

Pinto, R. M., daSilva, S. B., Penido, C., & Spector, A. Y. (2012). International participatory research framework: Triangulating procedures to build health research capacity in Brazil. Health Promotion International, 27, 435-444.

Pinto, R. M. (2012). What makes or breaks provider-researcher collaborations in HIV research? A mixed method analysis of providers' willingness to partner. Health Education and Behavior, 40(2), 223-230.

Pinto, R. M., Campbell, A. N. C., Hien, D., Yu, G., & Gorroochum, P. (2011). Retention in the NIDA clinical trials network women and trauma study: Implications for post-trial implementation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(2), 211-217.

Pinto, R. M., Spector, A. Y. & Valera, P. A. (2011). Exploring group dynamics for integrating scientific and experiential knowledge in community advisory boards for HIV research. AIDS Care, 23(8), 1006-1013.

Spector, A. Y. & Pinto, R. M. (2011). Let's talk about sex: Helping substance abuse counselors address HIV prevention with men who have sex with men. Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 13(4), 399-413.

Marhefka, S. L., Valentin, C., Pinto, R. M., Demetriou, N., Wiznia, A., & Mellins, C. A. (2011). "I feel like I'm carrying a weapon": Information and motivations related to sexual risk among girls with perinatally acquired HIV. AIDS Care, 23(10), 1321-1328.

Pinto, R. M., Yu, G., Spector, A. Y., Gorroochum, P, & McCarty, D. (2010). Substance abuse treatment providers' involvement in research is associated with willingness to use findings in practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39(2), 188-194.

Pinto, R. M. (2010). Mixed methods design. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Research Design. Sage Publications.

Pinto, R. M. (2009). Community perspectives on factors that influence collaboration in public health research. Health Education and Behavior, 36(5), 930-947.

Melendez, R. M. & Pinto, R. M. (2009). HIV prevention and primary care for transgender women in a community-based clinic. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 20(5), 387-397.

Pinto, R. M., Melendez, R., & Spector, A. Y. (2008). Male-to-female transgender individuals building social support and capital from within a gender-focused network. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 20(3), 203-220.

Pinto, R. M., McKay, M. M., & Escobar, C. (2008). "You've gotta know the community": Minority women make recommendations about community-focused health research. Women and Health, 47(1), 83-104.

Dworkin, S. L., Pinto, R. M., Hunter, J., Rapkin, B. & Remien, R. (2008). Keeping the spirit of community partnerships alive in the scale up of HIV/AIDS prevention: critical reflections on the roll out of DEBI (diffusion of effective behavioral interventions). American Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 51-59.

Pinto, R. M., Witte, S., & Gilbert, L. (2008). Using a 5-step framework for international HIV prevention research collaboration in Brazil [Abstract for the symposium presentation ‘HIV prevention research in different contexts: From relationship-building to adapting and testing interventions in Brazil, Mongolia and Kazakhstan”]. Published for Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC Conference.

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