Jennifer A Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH
Viola MacInnes/ Independence Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 311 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-2992

Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing and is the Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pinto-Martin also serves as Executive Director for the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and as Director of the Masters of Public Health Program. She is a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. Dr. Pinto-Martin began her career as an epidemiologist as the Project Director for the Neonatal Brain Hemorrhage (NBH) Study, a longitudinal study of neonatal brain injury in low birthweight infants. Dr. Pinto-Martin has shifted her primary research focus to the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorder. She is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (PA-CADDRE), one of six such centers funded by the CDC to study the etiology of ASD. One of the goals of CADDRE is to conduct epidemiologic research related to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities.

In 2007, Dr. Pinto-Martin was named Director of the newly accredited Masters in Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches “Introduction to the Principles and Methods of Epidemiology”, a core course in the Masters in Public Health Program, which is very popular with students who want to learn about the techniques of epidemiologic research. Dr. Pinto-Martin has also serves as a mentor and advisor for numerous graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Pinto-Martin is the Director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE). The University of Pennsylvania Center is one of six such Centers funded by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work collaboratively to understand the causes of autism and the reasons for its recent increase in prevalence nationwide. Other areas of research in the Center for Autism include exploring reasons for the ethnic and racial disparities in the age of identification and diagnosis of ASD, use of complementary and alternative medical treatments among children with autism and the screening and early diagnosis of ASD in pediatric primary care.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Biobehavioral Research


Dr. Pinto-Martin serves as Secretary for the International Society for Autism Research and as a Consultant for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee for the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Dr. Pinto-Martin is a member of the Scientific Review Committee for the National Institutes of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Epidemiological Research. She is currently on the Editorial Board for the journal Pediatric and Perinatal Research. Dr. Pinto-Martin is the former President of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research.
Dr. Pinto-Martin has received the following awards and recognition:
-TIME magazine Top Ten Parenting Finding of 2011: Pediatrics publication on the prevalence of ASD in adolescents born at low birthweight, 2011
-University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2011
-Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award, 2009
-Undergraduate Student Mentored Research Award, 2008
-Standing Faculty Mentorship Award, 2008
-The Viola MacInnes/ Independence Professor of Nursing, 2006
-Recognition for 15 years of service to the University of Pennsylvania, 2003
-Silverstein Fellow. University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, 1982-1993
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As an epidemiologist, I feel it is essential to work towards understanding the underlying cause of disease, particularly those disorders for which there is no effective medical treatment. My research focuses on topics such as the causes and consequences of neonatal brain injury in low birthweight infants and the etiology of autism spectrum disorder.