César G. Escobar-Viera, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Cesar Escobar-VieraBiography

César joined MTH in 2016 as a postdoctoral associate. César received his PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Florida. Previously, Dr. Escobar-Viera completed his medical education and clinical training in Psychiatry in his home country of Paraguay, where he also served as CMO of the only public psychiatric hospital during the Psychiatric Reform in the country. His main research interests include leveraging social media and consumer information technology to improve both mental health outcomes and access to mental health services for minority individuals. He is currently working on several projects related to the impact of social media on mental health outcomes, with focus on identifying risk and protective factors for depression among sexual minority individuals and other minority populations.


PhD, Health Services Research—University of Florda

MPH, Concentration Management and Policy—University of Florida

MD, Psychiatry—Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay


Title: Developing and Assessing the Acceptability of a Social Media—Delivered Intervention to Optimize Social Media Use and Reduce Social Isolation Among Rural Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Pittsburgh Center for Enhancing treatment and Utilization for Depression and Emergent Suicidality (ETUDES)
Years: 2019-2020

Title: Social Media Use and Depression Outcomes among U.S. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Grant Number: 1K99MD012813-01
Years: 2018-2023

Title: Optimizing Mental Health in the Age of Social Media
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Fine Foundation
Years: 2017-2019

Title: Tobacco Cessation for Sexual Minorities
Role: Co-Invesigator
Funding Agency: University of Pittsburgh  
Years: 2018-2019

Selected Publications (See More)

  1. Escobar-Viera CG, Whitfield DL, Wessel CB, Shensa A, Sidani JE, Brown AL, Chandler CJ, Hoffman BL, Marshal MP, Primack BA. For better or for worse? A systematic review of the evidence on social media use and depression among lesbian, gay, and bisexual minorities. JMIR Ment Health 2018;5(3):e10496. doi: 10.2196/10496

  2. Escobar-Viera CG, Shensa A, Bowman ND, Sidani JE, Knight J, James AE, Primack BA. Passive and active social media use and depressive symptoms among United States adults. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2018 Jul;21(7):437-443. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2017.0668

  3. Primack BA, Escobar-Viera CG. Social media as it interfaces with psychosocial development and mental illness in transitional age youth. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2017 Apr;26(2):217-233. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2016.12.007


Email: escobar-viera@pitt.edu

Twitter: @cescobarv