Melissa D. Pinto PhD, RN, FAAN


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Melissa D. Pinto PhD, RN, FAAN, joined Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in July 2013. Dr. Pinto is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Prior to joining Emory, she completed a fellowship at NIH through the National Institute of Nursing Research in Molecular Genetics and was the recipient of a 4 year NIH KL2 Career Development Award through the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. As a KL2 Scholar, she received cutting edge training in multidisciplinary clinical research.

Dr. Pinto has expertise in the area of adolescent and young adult behavioral health, self-management, development and assessment of eHealth and technology-based behavioral health interventions, psychosocial barriers to mental health treatment for adolescents, and technology and adolescent health risk behaviors. She has translated her work for lay audiences and community stakeholders; her innovative approach to behavioral health interventions for young adults has recently captured national attention. Additionally, she has provided consultation to national policymakers regarding dissemination of behavioral health technologies.

Dr. Pinto is a recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers. She is part of the Early Stage Reviewer Program at NIH Center for Scientific Review and is part of the Virtual Support Collaborative team working on eHealth interventions. In 2016, she was inducted as a fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.


Dr. Pinto completed her PhD in nursing science, with a focus on community-based behavioral health interventions for adolescents and young adults, at the University of Louisville.


Dr. Pinto's research focuses on mood disorders, stress, and biological indicators of health related to eHealth and digital therapeutic interventions for youth and women with breast cancer.


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In 2015, Dr. Pinto received the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award. The Future of Nursing presented the award as part of its Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014. She has received the Early Stage Investigator Awards from the Midwest Nursing Research Society in the areas of Adolescent Health and Pediatric Research.

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