Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger, PhD

Endowed Chair of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, Associate Professor, Community Health

Division of Nursing Science

Newark Health Sciences

SSB 846 North

(973) 972-2093

Specialty: intervention research for individual- and structural-level change, mobile health technologies, global health, racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minority health inequities, stigma-driven determinants of health, mental health, HIV, substance and alcohol use

Centers: François-Xavier Bagnoud Center

An applied social psychologist with expertise in interventions for health-promotion, Dr. Corina Leluțiu-Weinberger joined the Rutgers School of Nursing and affiliated François-Xavier Bagnoud Center in July 2017. She has spent her career at the intersection of social science, epidemiology, and public health, to reduce the impact of stigma on the health and wellbeing of minority groups, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Leluțiu-Weinberger has built a federally-funded program of intervention research that utilizes mobile health (mHealth) technologies to reduce global health inequities.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Leluțiu-Weinberger served as the principal investigator and co-investigator of several NIH-funded grants at Hunter College in New York City for nearly a decade. She has also 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 – 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 TW011752 (Lelutiu-Weinberger and Pachankis); FIC                                      
09/08/20 – 06/30/22
Preparing for pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation in Central-Eastern European countries with low access to biomedical prevention 
This study will adapt to and test in the context of Romania pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake and adherence protocols developed in the US, with the end-goal of embeddedness into clinical practice after completion of all testing phases. 
Role: Principal Investigator  

Selected publications:

  1. Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Wilton, L., Koblin, B., Hoover, D.R., Hirshfield, S., Chiasson, M.A., Nandi, V., Usher, D., & Frye, V. The role of social support in HIV testing and PrEP awareness among young black men and transgender women who have sex with men or transgender women. Journal of Urban Health. Published online January 2, 2020. PMID: 31898199. 
  2. Patel V.V., Rawat S., Dange A., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Golub S.A. An Internet-Based, Peer-Delivered Messaging Intervention for HIV Testing and Condom Use Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in India (CHALO!): Pilot Randomized Comparative Trial. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2020;6(2):e16494. 
  3. Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Rendina, J.H., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Folch, C., Rafila, A., & Pachankis, J.  The role of gay-related stigma in HIV risk behaviour among sexual minority men in Europe. AIDS and Behavior. 2019;23(3), 684-694. PMID: 30302655. PMCID: PMC6452636.  
  4. Lelutiu-Weinberger C., Manu, M., Ionescu, F., Dograu, B., Kovacs, T., Dorobănțescu, C., Predescu, M., Surace, A., & Pachankis JE. An mHealth intervention to improve young gay and bisexual men’s sexual, behavioral, and mental health in a structurally stigmatizing national context. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mhealth Uhealth. 2018;6(11): e183. PMID: 30429117. PMCID: PMC6262207. 
  5. Wilton, L., Chiasson, M.A., Nandi, V., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Frye, V., Hirshfield, S., Hoover, D.R., Downing Jr, M.J., Lucy, D., Usher, D. and Koblin, B. Characteristics and correlates of lifetime suicidal thoughts and attempts among young black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. Journal of Black Psychology. 2018;44(3): 273-290. DOI: 10.1177/0095798418771819