New York Medical College

Pedro Laureano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Pedro Laureano, Ph.D.Email:


(914) 594-2041



Department of Health Policy & Management
School of Health Sciences and Practice
New York Medical College
Skyline Building
Valhalla, NY 10595

Professional Interests:

Pedro Laureano, PhD, has more than 25 years of experience working with diverse populations and coordinating, administering, and directing a variety of cross-sectional and longitudinal research studies. He has also been devoted to providing direct social and mental health services in at-risk communities in New York City. His background in social work, the human services, and mental health research has infused in him a strong appreciation for the importance of viewing individuals in the context of their social environment and the biopsychosocial forces that shape their lives and the decision they make.

Prior to coming to NYMC, Dr. Laureano was the Director of a SAMHSA-funded initiative to integrate primary and behavioral health care at New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center in Brooklyn, NY [NYPCC]. At NYPCC, Dr. Laureano also served as an administrator of one of its Child and Family Mental Health Centers. Prior to his tenure at NYPCC, Dr. Laureano had served as Project Director in the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University-NYSPI. In that capacity, he directed a variety of mental health evaluation studies. These studies included a longitudinal evaluation of children with serious emotional disorders receiving coordinated service delivery in Westchester County and later in New York City. Dr. Laureano was also instrumental in the development of two Federally-funded studies aimed at exploring the effects of maternal and paternal incarceration on children.

Before coming to Columbia University-NYSPI, Dr. Laureano was the Associate Director of the Center for Hispanic Mental Health Research at the Graduate School of Social Services—Fordham University, where he also completed a doctoral degree in Social Work. His dissertation, titled “The Relationship between Children’s Perception of Barriers to Mental Health Care and Service Utilization Across Five Service Systems” focused on the perceived barriers that children have toward mental health care and explored how these perceptions affected service utilization.

Education Profile:

Post Graduate Studies: Social Work

Graduate Degree:   Ph.D., MS, MS

Graduate Degree Institution(s): Fordham University, Ph.D., Social Work; Long Island University, M.A., Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Degree and Institution(s): SUNY New Paltz, B.A., Sociology; Bronx Community College, A.A., Human Services


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