Maria Espinola, Psy.D.      


Maria Espinola, Psy.D. is the CEO of the Institute for Health Equity and Innovation, an organization dedicated to reducing healthcare disparities through innovative strategies, educational initiatives, and organizational support. She has a record of successful collaboration with leaders across universities, Fortune 100 companies, non-profit organizations and the three branches of government. She has been a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has served on the Ohio Governor’s Commission on Minority Health’s Medical Expert Panel, the University of Cincinnati President’s Diversity Council and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Espinola has received over 25 awards for leadership, health equity initiatives, innovation and community impact. Dr. Espinola has been featured by a wide range of media outlets, including the U.S. News and World Report, ABC News, TeenVogue, CNN and Reuters Health. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, her pre-doctoral internship at CMTP and her post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Espinola is originally from Patagonia, Argentina.