Aug 2018 - Current: Assistant Professor at Boston College
BS, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MPH, Master of Public Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maria Pineros-Leano received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, a Master of Social Work, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on a PhD in social work. Ms. Pineros-Leano's research focuses on maternal and infant health and early maternal risk and protective factors for child obesity. Ms. Pineros-Leano combines information from social work, psychology, and nutrition to develop a better understanding of the ways in which maternal depression affects the development of child obesity among children from different racial/ethnic backgrounds. Moreover, she is exploring the potential mediating effects of breastfeeding and feeding choices among Latino families. Ms. Pineros-Leano aims to translate research into practice by developing culturally tailored interventions that address childhood obesity risk factors among Latino families.
|MPH Practicum Experience:||
Ms. Pineros-Leano worked at Carle Foundation Hospital with the Vice President of Hospital Operations and Administration. She conducted data analysis and reports on different areas of the hospital such as patient satisfaction, hospital quality, and time management among nursing managers and supervisors. She also focused on developing a tool to measure and increase nursing practices with patients and families to maintain them informed and increase their satisfaction levels. Ms. Pineros-Leano was awarded the Van Vorst Administrative Internship scholarship during her practicum.
Dr. Janet Liechty and Dr. Karen Tabb Dina
|Posters and Presentations:||
Saltzman, J. A., Pineros-Leano, M. (May, 2016). Eating, feeding, and feeling: Do feeding and emotional responsiveness mediate associations between maternal binge eating and child weight? Poster presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, San Francisco, California.
Liechty, J.M., Lee, M-J., Pineros-Leano, M. (January, 2016). Race, place, and health: Neighborhood social-environmental influences on adolescent obesity and overweight in the US. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.
Tabb, K., Pineros-Leano, M., Quintanilla, C., Belwalkar, D., Huang, H. (November 2015) Prevalence of diabetes and depression in women: A systematic review of studies published in the United States. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition. Chicago, Illinois.
Pineros-Leano, M. (October 2015). Revising the current state of universal perinatal depression screening. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial International Symposium: Healthy Women, Healthy Societies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Pineros-Leano, M., Liechty, J. M. (October 2015). Associations between elevated maternal depressive symptoms, breastfeeding patterns and children’s BMI. Poster presented at the Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program Biennial Symposium, Urbana, Illinois.
Tabb, K., Pineros-Leano, M., Quintanilla, C., Huang, H. (April 2015). Prevalence of diabetes and depression: A systematic review of studies published including women in the United States. Poster presented at the Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop, Bethesda, Maryland.
Pineros-Leano, M. Liechty, J., Piedra, L. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment for Depression among First Generation Latinos/As: A Systematic Review. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, January 2015, New Orleans, LA.
Pineros-Leano, M. Depression among Latina Transnational Mothers: A Systematic Review. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 2014, New Orleans, LA.
Liechty, J.M., Lee, M.J., Pineros-Leano, M., Saltzman, J. Longitudinal Predictors of Disordered Eating among Latina Adolescents and Young Adults in the U.S. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, March 2014, New York, NY.
Tabb, K., Pineros-Leano, M., Choi, S., Root, M., Meline, B., Huang, H. Perinatal depression screening in a public health women, infants, children program: Feasibility and acceptability. Poster session presented at the American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 2013, Boston, MA.
Pineros-Leano, M.F. Repercussions of the Representations of Minority Children in Picture Books. Oral presentation at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium. July 2013, Champaign, IL.
Pineros-Leano. M. F. Effects of Amphetamine Exposure during Adolescence on Inhibitory Control Behavior in Adulthood in Male Rats. Poster presented at the 12th National Research Conference of McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research. March 2011, College Park, MD.
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. 18;14(3):e0213442. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213442.
Pineros-Leano M, Tabb KM, Simonovich SD, Wang Y, Meline B, Huang H. (2018) Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation Among Participants in a Midwestern Public Health District. Health Equity. 2(1):296-303
Tabb, K., Malinga, T., Pineros-Leano, M., Andrade, F. (2017). Impact of pre-pregnancy weight and gestational weight gain on birth outcomes by nativity: A systematic review. Healthcare, 29:5(4), E67
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.
Saltzman, J. A., Pineros-Leano, 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.
Tabb, K. M., Choi, S., Pineros-Leano, 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
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: 211-5.
Albino, A; Tabb, K; Requena, D; Egoavil, M.; Pineros-Leano, M.; Zunt, J; Garcia, 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: e95770.