Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger

Corina Leluțiu-Weinberger, PhD

Endowed Chair of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center
Assistant Professor
Community Health Faculty Researcher

An applied social developmental psychologist with expertise in intervention design, implementation, and evaluation, Dr. Corina Leluțiu-Weinberger became Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Nursing and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center in July 2017. She has spent her career at the intersection of social science, epidemiology, and public health, focusing on the relationship between stigma and health disparities among minority groups, both nationally and internationally.

She brings to Rutgers School of Nursing and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center her federally-funded program of intervention research that utilizes mobile health (mHealth) technologies to reduce HIV risk and improve mental health for minorities in the US and Europe. She has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Fogarty International Center. Dr. Leluțiu-Weinberger joins the Rutgers François-Xavier Bagnoud Center leadership team to build a robust research infrastructure and projects that directly address community health needs of vulnerable groups, including women and children as well as racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities affected by profound health disparities due to discrimination and unequitable access to resources.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Leluțiu-Weinberger served as the principal investigator and co-investigator on several NIH grants at Hunter College in New York City for nearly a decade. She led randomized controlled trials (RCTs) focused on substance use, HIV, and mental health, specifically addressing psychosocial barriers to health (e.g., stigma, racism, homophobia, and transphobia) to improve a range of health outcomes.

Dr. Leluțiu-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. Leluțiu-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.

Current research:

R01 MH116829 (Lelutiu-Weinberger and Pachankis); NIMH
9/5/2018 to 6/30/2023
Building Mobile HIV Prevention and Mental Health Support in Low-Resource Settings
This project is designed to remedy unaddressed and interlocking HIV-prevention and mental health needs among gay and bisexual men (GBM) in the Central Eastern European country of Romania, by testing, in a randomized controlled trial with a large national sample, an mHealth pilot intervention (titled “Despre Mine. Despre Noi.” [DMDN] translated as “About Me. About Us.”), which reduced US and Romanian GBM’s risk for HIV infection while also reducing depression and alcohol abuse in initial pre-post trials.
Role: Principal Investigator

R21 MH113860 (Lelutiu-Weinberger); NIMH
8/1/2017 to 7/31/20  
Increasing provider competence for treating stress-related mental health conditions in low resource settings
This study will test, for the first time in a randomized controlled trial, a mobile mental health professional (MHP) LGBT-competency training program in Romania, to build a consortium of MHPs, while capitalizing on the power of mobile health (mHealth) tools to provide mobile trainings and a sustainable supervision and consultation model that does not require the physical presence of experts.
Role: Principal Investigator

Selected publications:

  1. Lelutiu-Weinberger C., Manu, M., Ionescu, F., Dograu, B., Kovacs, T., Dorobănțescu, C., Predescu, M., Surace, A., & Pachankis JE. (2018). An mHealth intervention to improve young gay and bisexual men’s sexual, behavioral, and mental health in a structurally stigmatizing national context. Journal of Internet Medical Research Mhealth Uhealth. 6(11): e183. PMCID in progress.
  2. Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Rendina, J.H., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Folch, C., Rafila, A., & Pachankis, J. (2018). The role of gay-related stigma in HIV risk behaviour among sexual minority men in Europe. AIDS and Behavior. Epub ahead of print., October 9, 2018. DOI:  10.1007/s10461-018-2306-z.
  3. Lelutiu-Weinberger, C. & Pachankis (2017). Acceptability and preliminary efficacy of an LGBT-affirmative mental health practice training in a homophobic national context. LGBT Health. 4(5): 360-370. DOI: 10.1089/lgbt.2016.0194
  4. Lelutiu-Weinberger, C. & Golub, S.A. (2016) Enhancing PrEP access for black and Latino men who have sex with men. JAIDS. PMID: 27454250. PMCID: PMC5110381.
  5. Lelutiu-Weinberger C, Pollard-Thomas P, Pagano W, et al. (2016). Implementation and evaluation of a pilot training to improve transgender competency among medical staff in an urban clinic. Transgender Health. 1(1), 45-53. PMID: 29159297. PMCID: PMC5685252.

A list of publications can be found here.
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