Research Associate Professor
Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
Dr. Lescano received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (Clinical and Health Psychology – concentration in Clinical Child/Pediatric area) from the University of Florida, and completed an APA-approved internship in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. Following internship she completed a NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at the Brown University School of Medicine, and subsequently received an appointment at Brown University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, where she served as faculty member from 2000-2010. Dr. Lescano has published widely, has been actively involved in professional psychology activities at the national level, and has successfully developed a program of funded research with support totaling more than $10 million. She was recently awarded a 5-year $2.4 million R01 grant from NIMH to study the efficacy of a family-based HIV prevention program with Latino populations. Dr. Lescano has also received a NIMH K01 award to examine health disparities in HIV and to pilot-test a family-based HIV prevention initiative with Latino families. She previously received an NIMH Minority Supplement award to conduct HIV prevention research with Latino families. Dr. Lescano’s important research in health promotion and intervention with vulnerable and underserved/minority populations will help to address the strategic goals of the department, college, and university, and aligns well with our focus on public sector behavioral health research. In addition to her outstanding research accomplishments and skills, Dr. Lescano brings considerable expertise as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.