Celia Lescano, PhD

Celia Lescano, PhD, received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, specializing in Pediatric Psychology. She went on to an internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, where she stayed on faculty until 2010. She is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida and the Co-Director of the USF Center for HIV Education and Research. Dr. Lescano does not teach classes, but rather, mentors students and junior faculty in the conduct of research. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, most recently as a Co-Associate Editor for a Special Issue on Diversity and Health Disparities and is a frequent reviewer for NIH. Her research interests are in the area of HIV prevention and general health promotion among minority and underserved populations, focusing on family-based interventions. She has a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) R01 looking at the effectiveness of a family-based HIV prevention intervention for Latino teenagers and their parents. Dr. Lescano is also the Co-Principal Investigator, along with her colleague, Dr. Guitele Rahill, for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-funded R24 S.H.A.R.E. Haiti. Dr. Lescano has been nominated for several mentoring awards and most recently was selected to receive an award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Pediatric Psychology from Division 54 of the American Psychological Association.