María Fernanda Piñeros, Assistant Professor of Social Work, joined Boston College in 2018. She obtained a Bachelor’s in psychology, Master of Social Work, Master of Public Health, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Piñeros’ research focuses on the areas of health and mental health among in/migrant families. Her work has specifically focused on Latine families living in the United States and more recently, has begun to focus on
Venezuelan populations living in Colombia. Currently, Dr. Piñeros is conducting a study to understand the mental health needs of Latine families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Piñeros’ long-term goal is to apply research to the fields of health and mental health by culturally adapting evidence-based interventions that will help reduce levels of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents from in/migrant families by improving family communication and decreasing family conflict.