Peña, Juan | PhD (On Leave)

Associate Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7539
Office: 436
Areas of Expertise:
Suicidal Behavior
Adolescent Mental Health
Latino Mental Health
Cultural Globalization

Post Doctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY

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Peña, J.B., Masyn K.E., & Wang, Y (2012). Plotting Model-Estimated Probabilities: Graphical Faux Pas or Useful Tool to Communicate Research Findings? American Journal of Public Health.

Peña J.B., Zayas L.H., Cabrera, P., Vega W.A. (2012).U.S. Cultural Involvement and its Association with Suicidal Behavior among Youth in the Dominican Republic, American Journal of Public Health, 102(4), 664-671.

Peña J.B., Matthieu M.M., Zayas L.H., Masyn K.E., & Caine E.D. (2012).Co-Occurring Risk Behaviors Among White, Black, and Hispanic US High School Adolescents With Suicide Attempts Requiring Medical Attention, 1999-2007: Implications for Future Prevention Initiatives, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47(1), 29-42.

Peña J.B., Kuhlberg J.A., Zayas L.H., Bauman A.A., Gulbas L., Hausmann-Stabile C.H., and Nolle A.P. (2011). Familism, Family Environment, and Suicide Attempts Among Latina Youth, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41(3),330-341.

Kuhlberg, J. A., Peña, J. B., & Zayas, L. H. (2010). Familism, Parent-Adolescent Conflict, Self-Esteem, Internalizing Behaviors and Suicide Attempts Among adolescent Latinas., Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 41(4), 425-440.


Fulbright US Scholar Program - Dominican Republic (5/2013 – 8/2013)

I taught courses, lectures, and workshops to university students and professionals working with children and youth in the Dominican Republic. I also worked with governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations to cultivate exchange opportunities between the United States and the Dominican Republic.
Fulbright US Scholar Program

Suicidal Behavior Among Dominican Youth

This project is focused on developing the prevention and surveillance infrastructure for suicidal behavior among Dominican youth in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Thus far two national surveillance studies have been completed. Future work for this project will include cross national comparisons of Dominican Youth residing in the Dominican Republic and the United States, the development of a risk behavior surveillance program for Dominican Youth, and the implementation of prevention programs.