Veronica Pinho

Veronica Pinho

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Veronica is a doctoral student in the Clinical/Community Psychology program. She previously served as program manager for an HIV prevention intervention for youth in substance use treatment and program coordinator for several HIV mental health training grants at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies based at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. Prior to attending GWU, Veronica received her MA from Columbia University and her BS from Fordham University. 

Current Research

HIV prevention and treatment adherence interventions; HIV risk behaviors among at risk youth; Psychosocial and cultural factors affecting HIV risk and resilience among Latino and Brazilian populations; Syndemic Theory; Global mental health initiatives


Columbia University, M.A. in Psychology in Education: Personality and Psychopathology Track, 2012

Fordham University, B.S. in Psychology, 2009



McKinnon, K., Elkington, K., Cournos, F., Pinho, V., Guimaraes, M., & Wainberg, M. (2016). People with serious mental illness. In E. R. Wright & N. Carnes (Eds.), Understanding the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States: The role of syndemics in the production of health disparities. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 

Wainberg, M. L., Cournos, F., Wall, M., Mann, C., Pala, A. N., Pinto, D., Pinho, V., & McKinnon, M. (2016). Mental illness sexual stigma: Implications for health and recovery. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(2), 90-96. 


Cournos F, McKinnon K, Pinho V, Wainberg M. (2014). Special Populations and Public Health Aspects, in HIV and Psychiatry, Joska JA, Stein DJ, Grant I, (eds.), Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, pp. 211-234.      

Kim S, Ades M, Pinho V, Cournos F, McKinnon K. (2014). Patterns of HIV and Mental Health Service Integration in New York State. AIDS Care 26(8):1027-31.


Hackler D, Pinho V, McKinnon K. (2013). IMB Model in Practice: Social Workers’ Intentions to Change Behavior Following HIV Mental Health Training. Social Work in Health Care 52(5):483-97.



Pinho, V. (2017, July). Listening to Adolescents in Substance Use Treatment: Perspectives on Sexuality and Substance Use. Symposium presentation at the 35th International Congress on Law and Mental Health,  Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Pinho, V., Tross, S., Lima, J. E., Ghiroli, M., & Wainberg, M. L. (2016, May). Unexpected Benefits and Burdens in HIV Behavioral Research. Poster presentation at the 28th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. 

McKinnon K, Wainberg ML, Cournos F, Pinho V. (2014, June) Mental Illness Stigma and Sexual Health. Oral presentation at the Refocus on Recovery 2014 Conference, London, UK. 

Pinho V, Kim S, McKinnon K. (2012, July). Effect of HIV Training on HIV Service Integration in Agencies Providing Mental Health Services: Evidence for the Information, Motivation, Behaviour Skills (IMB) Model in Practice. Poster presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington D.C.

Kim S, Pinho V, McKinnon K. (2012, July). Social Network Analysis of Health Care Agency Referrals to HIV/AIDS Medical Services in New York, 2007-2011. Poster presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington D.C.

Wainberg ML, Borges C, McKinnon K, Wall M, Wright ER, Dolezal C, Elkington KS, Mann C, Pinto DS, Assis F, Ribeiro K, Pinho V, Cournos F, PRISSMA Project. (2012, July). Measuring the Effects of Mental Illness Stigma on HIV Risk Behaviour of Adults in Public Psychiatric Care in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poster presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington D.C.

Hackler D, McKinnon K, Pinho V. (2010, May). Social Workers’ Intentions to Change Practice Following HIV Mental Health Training. Abstract presented at the HIV/AIDS 2010: The Social Work Response Conference, Denver, CO.