Luciana Assini Meytin, PhD, joined the Moore Center as a research associate this summer. In her role, she collaborates in the development and implementation of research projects and assists in the dissemination of research findings.
“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. I am particularly interested in prevention science, life course research and gender differences in mental health outcomes,” says Meytin.
Prior to joining the Moore Center, she was a doctoral candidate and research assistant at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park.
“I was particularly drawn to the Moore Center’s research that has shifted the study of child sexual abuse from a reactive focus to a more comprehensive approach that emphasizes the need for primary prevention programs. The idea of focusing prevention efforts on potential perpetrators was very new to me. It was surprising to learn that some individuals struggle with sexual desire for young children, yet never act on it,” says Meytin.
Meytin earned a PhD in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before that she earned a BS and MS in Psychology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.
When she’s not at work, Meytin enjoys long walks with her dog and spending time with friends and family.