Maria Venegas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
MA, University of Cincinnati

I am a medical anthropologist with extensive experience and expertise in qualitative health research in Latin America and among Latinos in the United States. Drawing on my anthropological and public health background, my primary research interests focus on the lived experience of mental illness and ethnographic informed studies of technologies of care (m-health and telehealth) for the management of mental illness among economically disadvantaged and minority populations. My long-term goal is to become an expert on mental health care service delivery for diverse racial and economic underserved populations. I believe that an ethnographic and mixed method approach to mental health research can provide meaningful insights to the conditions of suffering, the context of mental illness experience, and strategies for recovery and improving mental health treatment among ethnic and racial minority groups.

VA Boston Healthcare System

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  1. Venegas MD, Brooks JM, Myers AL, Storm M, Fortuna KL. Peer Support Specialists and Service Users' Perspectives on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security of Digital Mental Health. IEEE Pervasive Comput. 2022 Apr-Jun; 21(2):41-50. PMID: 35814864; PMCID: PMC9267391; DOI: 10.1109/MPRV.2022.3141986;
  2. Fortuna K, Mbao M, Kadakia A, Myers A, Fischer D, MacDonald S, Brunchet S, Hintz I, Rossom R, Brooks J, Kalisa J, Haragirimana C, Storm M, Mois G, Umucu E, Almeida M, Rivera J, Zisman Ilani Y, Venegas M, Walker R. Peer and Non-Peer Academic Scientists and Peer Support Specialist Community of Practice: Stakeholder Engagement to Advance the Science of Peer Support. Proc IEEE Glob Humanit Technol Conf. 2021 Oct; 2021:188-194. PMID: 35498510; PMCID: PMC9053294; DOI: 10.1109/ghtc53159.2021.9612411;
  3. Storm M, Venegas M, Gocinski A, Myers A, Brooks J, Fortuna KL. Stakeholders' Perspectives on Partnering to Inform the Software Development Lifecycle of Smartphone Applications for People with Serious Mental Illness: Enhancing the Software Development Lifecycle Through Stakeholder Engagement. Proc IEEE Glob Humanit Technol Conf. 2021 Oct; 2021:195-199. PMID: 35005226; PMCID: PMC8742631; DOI: 10.1109/ghtc53159.2021.9612444;
  4. Venegas M. Grisi Siknis: A Cultural Idiom of Distress in Eastern Nicaragua. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2021.
  5. Fortuna K, Cosco T, Inkster B, Myers A, Saunders C, Venegas M. Designing for the Human Experience in the Digital Mental Healthcare Ecosystem During COVID-19. 2020. View Publication
  6. Fortuna KL, Muralidharan A, Goldstein CM, Venegas M, Glass JE, Brooks JM. Certified Peer Specialists' Perspective of the Barriers and Facilitators to Mobile Health Engagement. J Technol Behav Sci. 2020 Dec; 5(4):318-323. PMID: 33163620; PMCID: PMC7646743; DOI: 10.1007/s41347-020-00138-7;
  7. Fortuna KL, Venegas M, Bianco CL, Smith B, Batsis JA, Walker R, Brooks J, Umucu E. The relationship between hopelessness and risk factors for early mortality in people with a lived experience of a serious mental illness. Soc Work Ment Health. 2020; 18(4):369-382. PMID: 33442334; PMCID: PMC7802745; DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2020.1751772;
  8. Fortuna KL, Venegas M, Umucu E, Mois G, Walker R, Brooks JM. The Future of Peer Support in Digital Psychiatry: Promise, Progress, and Opportunities. Curr Treat Options Psychiatry. 2019 Sep; 6(3):221-231. PMID: 33796435; PMCID: PMC8011292; DOI: 10.1007/s40501-019-00179-7;
  9. Venegas M, Pepin R, Bartels SJ, Lyness JM, Sheline YI, Sirey JA, Smith GS, Bruce ML. Advanced Research Institute (ARI): An Effective Model for Career Development and Transition to Independence. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 07; 27(7):660-663. PMID: 30409548; PMCID: PMC6488458; DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2018.10.005;
  10. Koster JM, Venegas MD. Learning Aspects of Hunting Via a Conformist Bias Could Promote Optimal Foraging in Lowland Nicaragua. Journal of Cognition and Culture. 2012; 12(3-4):203-222. View Publication
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2022 Office of Research and Development Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs: Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Career Development Award
2019-2020 National Institutes of Health: Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
2018 Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health: Summer Fellowship Award
2018 Dartmouth College: Dartmouth Postdoctoral Scholar Professional Development Award
2016 University of Pittsburgh: GSO Conference Grant
2015 University of Pittsburgh: Center for Latin American Studies Conference Grant
2015 University of Pittsburg: Arts and Science Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant
2014 University of Pittsburgh: Provost Development Fund Award
2013 University of Pittsburgh: Department of Anthropology Summer Research Grant
2013 Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, Dept. of State, Washington, DC: Fulbright IIE Research Grant
2012 University of Pittsburgh: Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant
2011 University of Pittsburgh: School of Arts and Sciences Diversity Fellowship Summer Research
2011 University of Pittsburgh: CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grant
2010 University of Pittsburgh: School of Arts and Sciences Diversity Summer Research Award
2010 University of Pittsburgh: School of Arts and Sciences Diversity Fellowship
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