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Luciana C. Assini-Meytin, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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415 N. Washington Street
Room 527
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


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PhD, University of Maryland School of Public Health, 2017
MS, Federal University of Santa Catarina, 2011
BS, Federal University of Santa Catarina, 2004


The impact of social and behavioral factors on individuals’ life course trajectories has been a primary focus of my research. Specifically, my research has been focused on the long-term consequences of adolescent parenthood and pathways to positive outcomes, including determinants of socioeconomic attainment among teen mothers and teen fathers in their adulthood. More recently, my work has been concentrated on the prevention of child sexual abuse and the long-term consequences of adverse childhood maltreatment for both, men and women. I am particularly interested in prevention science, life course research, and gender differences in mental health outcomes.

Honors and Awards

Glover Dissertation Award. School of Public Health Honors Convocation, University of Maryland. College Park, MD. 2016

Honorable Mention. Society for Prevention Research/Early Career Preventionists Network Student Poster Contest. Washington, DC. 2015

  • childhood trauma
  • child sexual abuse prevention
  • adolescent health
  • life course research
  • health disparities
  • teenage parenting

Selected Papers:

  • Assini-Meytin, L.C., Fix, R.L., & Letourneau, E.L. (2020). Child sexual abuse: The need for a perpetration prevention focus. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2019.1703232
  • Assini-Meytin, L.C., Garza, M.A., & Green, K.M. (2019). Teen mothers' family support and adult identity in the emerging adulthood: Implications for socioeconomic attainment later in life. Emerging Adulthood. DOI: 10.1177/2167696819879251
  • Fix, R.L., Assini-Meytin, L.C., & Le, P.T. (2019). Gender and race informed pathways from childhood sexual abuse to sexually transmitted infections. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(2), pp. 267-273.
  • Assini-Meytin, L.C., Garza, M.A., & Green, K.M. (2019). Race and ethnic differences in teenage fathers’ early risk factors and socioeconomic outcomes later in life. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48(3), pp. 361-376.
  • Assini-Meytin, L.C., & Green, K. (2015). Long-term consequences of adolescent parenthood among African American urban youth: A propensity score matching approach. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56(5), pp. 529-535.