Dr. Monica Malta is an Independent Scientist in the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Areas of Research
Dr. Malta has been engaged in public health intervention research for more than 15 years, with a focus on the study of social and structural factors influencing the adoption of health-promoting behaviours related to mental health and HIV prevention and care. A significant portion of her research has focused on evaluating the role and impact of environmental-structural factors related to mental health and HIV outcomes among marginalized groups, such as transgender women, people who use drugs, people living with HIV and female sex workers. She recently directed a large-scale research portfolio funded by UNESCO, addressing mental health, gender-based violence and HIV vulnerability among transgender women from Brazil. Dr. Malta also worked for several years at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Brazil, the largest biomedical research institution in Latin America.
Studies leaded by Dr. Malta have been funded by NIH, CDC, UN, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Duke University and the Ford Foundation. She has close to 50 peer-reviewed publications, and her studies guided several updates in the Brazilian guidelines on HIV prevention and treatment.
View Dr. Malta's publications on PubMed.