Contact Information

Assistant Professor, Faculty Research Fellow
Washington University in St. Louis
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Center for Latino Family Research
Center for Mental Health Services Research
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1196
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Office (314) 935-9636
Fax (314) 935-9171

Research Keywords
  • Suicide Prevention
  • HIV Prevention
  • Adolescence
  • Latinos
  • Acculturation
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2007


Juan B. Peña, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Juan B. Peña, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.


“Fall down seven times, get up eight” - Japanese Proverb “When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves” - Dogen



Ph.D. Columbia University
M.S.W. New York University
B.S. Cornell University

Research Statement

Dr. Peña’s research interests include suicide prevention, HIV prevention, adolescence, Latinos, and acculturation. Before earning his Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York, Dr. Peña’s practice experience included serving families and children in various setting including prevention programs, drug clinics, schools, and mental health clinics. Dr. Peña joined the Brown School in 2007 as an assistant professor after completing a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester. He serves as a faculty research fellow for the School’s Center for Latino Family and is on the faculty of the Center for Mental Health Services Research. He is a member of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, the Prevention Science Methodology Group, and the Society for Prevention Research. Dr. Peña’s work can be read in a number of publications including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the American Journal of Public Health. He has presented and lectured on several topics across America.

About Me

I admire immigrant families and have worked most of my career with them. Ultimately I believe helping youth to achieve their potential is the best prevention of all.

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Recent Publications

Silenzio, V., Pena, J. B., Knox, K., Cerel, J., & Duberstein, P. (In press). Risk factors for suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents and young adults: The role of sexual orientation. American Journal of Public Health.

Pena, J. B., & Caine, E. D. (2006). Screening as an approach for adolescent suicide prevention. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(6), 614-637.

Brown, C. H., Wyman, P. A., Guo, J., & Pena, J. (2006). Dynamic wait-listed designs for randomized trials: new designs for prevention of youth suicide. Clinical Trials, 3(3), 259-271.

Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Pena, J., & Goldberg, V. (2005). Acculturation-related variables, sexual initiation, and subsequent sexual behavior among Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Cuban youth. Health Psychology, 24(1), 88-95.