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Jennifer Pinto-Martin

Viola MacInnes Professor; Executive Director Center for Public Health Initiatives

Jennifer Pinto-Martin

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Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin is the Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the UPENN School of Nursing with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at PSOM. She serves as the Executive Director of the University-wide Center for Public Health Initiatives which houses the inter-disciplinary, cross-school Master of Public Health program.


The MPH program has grown substantially under her leadership with 185 students currently enrolled, 35% of them dual degree students from Medicine, Nursing, Social Policy and Practice, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Design and others.


She is a Senior Scholar in the CCEB and LDI. Dr. Pinto-Martin has expertise in epidemiologic studies of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as the assessment of developmental trajectories in children. She has extensive experience in study protocols and procedures, enrollment and assessment of participants and interpretation of study findings and manuscript preparation activities. Her current research is funded by a U01 from the Centers for Disease Control, and focuses on the epidemiology of ASD.


She serves as the Director for the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (PA-CADDRE), one of six such centers funded by CDC. Dr. Pinto-Martin has a consistent record of publications in high impact journals including Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, and Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. She has a successful history of mentoring fellows who have gone on to become academic researchers with faculty appointments.


She is the proud mother of four wonderful children, two of whom are pursuing medical degrees at the Perelman School of Medicine. She lives downtown with her dog and can often be seen running, biking or swimming.

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