Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger, PhD
Community Health Faculty Researcher
An applied social developmental psychologist with experience in intervention design, implementation, and evaluation, Dr. Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger became Assistant Professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center in July 2017.
Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger has spent her career at the intersection of social science, epidemiology, and public health. Her research and scholarship focus on the relationship between discrimination and health disparities among minority groups, both nationally and internationally.
She brings to the Rutgers School of Nursing and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center her federally-funded program of research that utilizes mobile health (mHealth) technologies to intervene in reducing HIV risk and improving mental health for minorities in the US and Romania. As a senior researcher at Rutgers, Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger joins the leadership team in their strategic planning intended to build a robust research infrastructure and projects to directly address community health needs of vulnerable groups, including women and children, and sexual and gender minorities affected by profound health disparities.
Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger’s multidisciplinary research expertise complements that of the outstanding practitioners of the Rutgers School of Nursing. Together, they will implement applied research endeavors intended to have a lasting impact on the physical and mental health of disenfranchised groups. Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger and her colleagues intend to generate evidence-based guidelines for clinical practice and policy, in order to contribute towards reducing chronic conditions of high prevalence among minority groups due to discrimination and inadequate resources, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Before assuming her current duties at Rutgers, as a Research Scientist at Hunter College in New York City for nearly a decade, Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger served as principal investigator and co-investigator on five National Institutes of Health grants. She led pilots and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) focused on substance use, HIV, and mental health among marginalized groups, specifically addressing psychosocial barriers to health (e.g., stigma, racism, homophobia or transphobia) to improve a range of health outcomes. Findings from Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger’s research have generated principles for intervention approaches that are effective in reducing health risks, such as sexual risk and alcohol and substance use, and bolstering wellbeing, such as increased healthcare utilization, and improved mental health and psychosocial adjustment.
Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger also has held various research positions at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, all in New York City.
Dr. Lelutiu-Weinberger holds a PhD in social and personality psychology, a master’s degree psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, all from the City University of New York.
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