Denise Pintello, PhD, MSW

 National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Denise Pintello currently serves as the Chief of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Program and also as the Acting Chief of the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Before coming to NIMH, she served as the Special Assistant for the Director and the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and for 11 years, oversaw the implementation of innovative scientific initiatives and special research dissemination projects.

As a social worker for more than two decades, Dr. Pintello worked extensively in child welfare, mental health and substance abuse and provided clinical, case management and supervisory services to over 1500 children and adults.  She has also conducted research studies within the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse.  Dr. Pintello’s publications have focused on the clinical treatment of intrafamilial child sexual abuse, behavioral factors associated with post-traumatic stress in women, predictors of child maltreatment recurrence, health services research and research dissemination.