Kristina Pinto, Ed.D., RYT-200

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Kristina Pinto Ed.D., RYT-200


Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology

Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology

Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Registered Yoga Teacher-200 hour

Yoga Alliance®


Mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, sports psychology, postpartum adjustment, women's growth and development.

About Dr. Pinto

Dr. Kristina Pinto earned her EdD in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, with a focus on gender, mind-body health, and relational psychology. She has studied meditation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, as well as with renowned teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, and Linda Sparrowe. Dr. Pinto brings expertise in fostering adult and adolescent development with an evidence-based approach that integrates meditation, physical activity, and reflective practice.

At MWN, Dr. Pinto provides guided mindfulness and yoga practice to individuals and groups, scaffolding clients toward greater well-being through a balance of support and challenge. With an orientation toward individual assets, Dr. Pinto teaches clients the skill of engaging the body to care for the mind through breathing techniques, yoga, and other activities that clients enjoy, such as walking or running. She specializes in stress management, women's health and wellness, postpartum adjustment, and sports psychology.

Dr. Pinto is the author of Fit & Healthy Pregnancy, a guide to mind-body fitness for expectant mothers. A certified distance running coach with the Road Runners Club of America, she has trained hundreds of runners in reaching their goals through a mindful, positive approach to the practice of running. In addition to publishing her research in academic journals, Dr. Pinto's articles have appeared in Women's Running and Runners World magazines. Her blog for Competitor Magazine garnered an international following. A 13-time marathoner and lifelong yoga practitioner, Dr. Pinto also enjoys baking, traveling, and hiking with her family and dog.

Select Publications

Pinto, K. (2013). Fit & Healthy Pregnancy. Velo Press: Boulder, CO.

Pinto, K. (2008) Growing Up Young: The Relationship Between Childhood Stress and Coping with Early Puberty. The Journal of Early Adolescence.

Pinto, K. C. (2004). Intersections of Gender and Age in Health Care: Revising Autonomy and Confidentiality for the Adolescent Girl. Qualitative Health Research, 14(1), 78-99

Drago-Severson, E., & Pinto, K. C. (2005). School Leadership for Reducing Teacher Isolation: Drawing from the Well of Human Resources. International Journal of Leadership in Education

Drago-Severson, E., & Pinto, K. C. (2005). From Barriers to Breakthroughs: Principals Strategies for Overcoming Human Resource Limitations to Support Teachers’ Transformational Learning in the Schoolhouse. Journal of School Leadership.

Pinto, K. C. (2004). Early Puberty at School: The Risks and Protections of Fitting In, paper presented at the 2004 American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Pinto, K. C. (2002). Response & Responsibility: A Feminist Critique of Adolescent Girls' Healthcare, paper presented at the 2002 Canadien Bioethics Society, Victoria, British Colombia.

Pinto, K. C. (2002). Feminist Perspectives on Adolescent Girls' Healthcare, paper presented at the Forum on Gender Across the Disciplines, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

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