Cesar G Escobar-Viera, PhD, MD



César G. Escobar-Viera, Ph.D., M.D. is a postdoctoral associate in the Health Policy Institute a the University of Pittsburgh. In 2015 Dr. Escobar-Viera received his Ph.D. in Health Services Research at the University of Florida. Before coming to the U.S., 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 pshychiatric hospital during the Pyshiatric Reform in that country. From then on, he acquired a long-standing interest in exploring new ways to improve access to and delivery of mental health services in community settings. His main research interests include social media and consumer information technology as potential tools improve access to mental health services. He is currently working in several projects related to the impact of social media on mental health outcomes, the intergration of mental health services into primary care, as well as the qualitative component of the ongoing Pensylvannia Community Health Choices Evaluation Project, which is conducted by the Medicaid Research Center affiliated to the Health Policy Institute.