Maria Espinola

Maria Fernanda Espinola , PsyD

Assistant Professor

One Stetson Square

COM Psychiatry Behavioral Health - 0559


Doctoral Degree: Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2014 (Psychology)

Fellowship: Boston University School of Medicine Boston, MA, 2014 (Psychology)

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, 2015 (Psychology)

Clinical Interests


Bipolar Disorder


Mood Disorders

Adjustment Disorder

Behavioral Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Behavioral Problems

Social Anxiety Disorder

Traumatic Stress Disorders



Research Support

Grant: #CUB 001/ACYF 90TV0010-01-00 Investigators:Espinola, Maria 10-01-2016 -09-30-2017 Administration for Children and Families Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Program Role:PI $90,237.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #SRS 012237 Investigators:Espinola, Maria 05-01-2019 -04-30-2020 Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Human Trafficking Project Role:PI $30,000.00 Awarded Level:State of Ohio

Grant: #CHANGE Court Collaborative Investigators:Espinola, Maria 05-01-2020 -12-31-2020 Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Human Trafficking Project Role:PI $20,000.00 Awarded Level:Local Government

Grant: #Talbert House Investigators:Espinola, Maria 01-01-2021 -12-31-2021 Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Change Court Collaborative (Amendment) Role:PI $30,000.00 Active Level:Local Government


Peer Reviewed Publications

Shultz, J., Cooper, J., Baingana, F., Oquendo, M., Espinel, Z., Althouse, B., Marcelin, L., Towers, S., Espinola, M., McCoy, C., Mazurik, L., Wainberg, M., Neria, Y., & Rechkemmer, A. (2016. ) The role of fear-related behaviors in the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak.Current Psychiatry Reports, , 18 (104 ) , More Information

Shultz, J., Cela, T., Marcelin, L.H., Espinola, M., Heitmann, I., Sanchez, C., Jean Pierre, A., Foo, Y.C., Thompson, K., Klotzbach, P., Espinel, Z., & Rechkemmer, A (2016. ) The trauma signature of Hurricane Matthew’s Impact on Haiti.Disaster Health, , 3 (4 ) ,121 -138More Information

Shultz, J., Althouse, B., Baingana, F., Cooper, J., Espinola, M., Greene, M., Espinel, Z., McCoy, C.B., Mazurik L., & Rechkemmer, A. (2016. ) Fear factor: The unseen perils of the Ebola outbreak.Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, , 72 (2 ) ,304 -310More Information

Shultz J., Espinel Z., Espinola M., Rechkemmer A. (2016. ) Distinguishing epidemiological features of the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola virus disease outbreak.Disaster Health, , 3 (3 ) ,1 -11More Information

Espinola, M., Shultz, J., Espinel, Z, Althouse, BM, Cooper, J., Baingana, F., Marcelin, LH, Cela, T., Towers, S., Mazurik, L., Greene, M., & Rechkemmer, A. (2016. ) Fear-related behaviors in situations of mass threat. .Disaster Health, , 3 (4 ) ,102 -111More Information

Gaviria, S., Alarcon, R., Espinola, M., Restrepo, D., Lotero, J., Berbesi, D., Sierra, G., Chaskel, R., Espinel, Z. & Shultz, J. (2016. ) Socio-demographic patterns of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Medellin, Colombia, and the context of lifetime trauma exposure.Disaster Health, , 3 (4 ) ,1 -12More Information

Shultz, J., Garfin, D., Espinel, Z., Araya, R., Oquendo, M., Wainberg, M., Chaskel, R., Gaviria, S., Ordonez, A., Espinola, M., Wilson, F., Garcia, N., Ceballos, A., Garcia-Barcena, Verdelli, H. & Neria, Y. (2014. ) Internally displaced “victims of armed conflict” in Colombia: The trajectory and trauma signature of displacement .Current Psychiatry Reports, , 16 (10 ) ,475 -491More Information

Book Chapter

Espinola, M., DeVinney, H., & Steinberg, A.L. (2017 ) Women in midlife Women’s mental health across the lifespan: Challenges, vulnerabilities, and strengths .New York, Routledge

Shultz, J., Espinola, M., Rechkemmer, A., Cohen, M. A., & Espinel, Z (2017 ) Prevention of disaster impact and outcome cascades Cambridge handbook of international prevention science .Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press

Ter Maat, M. & Espinola, M. (2016 ) Ethics and Art Therapy Handbook of Art Therapy .Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Blackwell

Honors and Awards

2017 Early Career Award for Racial/Ethnic Minority Psychologists in Trauma Psychology, Honorable Mention, American Psychological Association Division 56

2017 -2018 Equity & Inclusion Incentive Grant Office of Equity & Inclusion, University of Cincinnati

2017 National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program Sponsorship Office of the Provost, University of Cincinnati

2014 Stuart C. Tentoni Outstanding Professional Development Program Award, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

2012 A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert Distinguished Service Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, Division 45, American Psychological Association

2012 Distinguished Service Award in Clinical Psychology, Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, American Psychological Association

2012 National Latina/o Psychological Association Scholarship

2011 Lane Family Fund Award for Hispanic Studies in Psychology, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University

2011 Chancellor’s Faculty Research and Development Grant, Nova Southeastern University

2009 Honors Admission to the Doctoral Program in Psychology, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University

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