Christina P.C. Borba, PhD, MPH is Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. Until 2016, she was the Director of Research at the MGH Division of Global Psychiatry. She is an Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Research at MGH.
Dr. Borba has extensive experience in mixed methods research, teaching and training, and development and management of randomized clinical trials. Dr. Borba’s current research focuses on psychotic disorders and cultural psychiatry in low-resourced settings in the US and abroad, women’s mental health, and gender differences in care.
Dr. Borba is currently examining socio-cultural aspects of schizophrenia in Ethiopia with a goal of understanding why the disease prevalence ratio has been found to be 5:1 male to female (a statistic unlike any other in the world). She is also involved in ongoing efforts in Liberia to increase local research capacity with the University of Liberia, and to identify and conduct priority mental health-related research with in-country academic leaders. In her role as Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Borba works to expand departmental research capacity through research education initiatives for residents and medical students, mentorship of junior faculty, new faculty recruitment and the expansion of research infrastructure capacity within the department. She supervises and provides research-related trainings for all research teams within the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Borba has co-published several peer-reviewed articles and first authored two book chapters. She is the recipient of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She received her doctorate in public health from Emory University and her master’s degree in public health from Boston University. She has lectured on qualitative methods and has taught masters-level courses at Emory on research methods and statistical analysis in the field of behavioral sciences. Prior to her doctorate, Dr. Borba managed the efforts of a cross-functional research team including research coordinators, student interns and fellows, while being responsible for the management of several clinical randomized control trials.
- Emory University, PhD
- Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
- Northeastern University, BA
- Published on 7/23/2019
Misra S, Gelaye B, Koenen KC, Williams DR, Borba CPC, Quattrone D, Di Forti M, La Cascia C, La Barbera D, Tarricone I, Berardi D, Szöke A, Arango C, Tortelli A, de Haan L, Velthorst E, Bobes J, Bernardo M, Sanjuán J, Santos JL, Arrojo M, Del-Ben CM, Menezes PR, Selten JP, Jones PB, Kirkbride JB, Rutten BPF, van Os J, Murray RM, Gayer-Anderson C, Morgan C. Early Parental Death and Risk of Psychosis in Offspring: A Six-Country Case-Control Study. J Clin Med. 2019 Jul 23; 8(7). PMID: 31340495.
- Published on 6/7/2019
Shields M, Scully S, Sulman H, Borba C, Trinh NH, Singer S. Consumers' Suggestions for Improving the Mental Healthcare System: Options, Autonomy, and Respect. Community Ment Health J. 2019 Aug; 55(6):916-923. PMID: 31175515.
- Published on 5/10/2019
Magidson JF, Joska JA, Regenauer KS, Satinsky E, Andersen LS, Seitz-Brown CJ, Borba CPC, Safren SA, Myers B. "Someone who is in this thing that I am suffering from": The role of peers and other facilitators for task sharing substance use treatment in South African HIV care. Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Aug; 70:61-69. PMID: 31082664.
- Published on 5/8/2019
Montalvo C, Stankiewicz B, Brochier A, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Long-Term Retention in an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic With Buprenorphine. Am J Addict. 2019 Sep; 28(5):339-346. PMID: 31066985.
- Published on 1/1/2019
Oppenheim CE, Axelrod K, Menyongai J, Chukwuezi B, Tam A, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. The HEAAL Project: Applying Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Methodology in a Health and Mental Health Needs Assessment With an African Immigrant and Refugee Faith Community in Lowell, Massachusetts. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Jan/Feb; 25(1):E1-E6. PMID: 30507809.
- Published on 12/26/2018
Herman AR, Pullen SJ, Lange BCL, Christian-Brathwaite N, Ulloa M, Kempeh M, Karnga D, Johnson D, Harris B, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Closing the Mental Health Treatment Gap through the Collaboration of Traditional and Western Medicine in Liberia. Int J Cult Ment Health. 2018; 11(4):693-704. PMID: 31467591.
- Published on 12/15/2018
Pino EC, Zuo Y, Schor SH, Zatwarnicki S, Henderson DC, Borba CP, Milanovic SM, Kalesan B. Temporal trends of co-diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety among female maternal and non-maternal hospitalizations: Results from Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2004-2013. Psychiatry Res. 2019 02; 272:42-50. PMID: 30579180.
- Published on 12/1/2018
Levey EJ, Laird LD, Becker AE, Harris BL, Lekpeh GG, Oppenheim CE, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Narratives of Agency and Capability from Two Adolescent Girls in Post-conflict Liberia. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2018 Dec; 42(4):947-979. PMID: 30076558.
- Published on 12/1/2018
Pineles SL, Borba CPC. A Path Towards Effectively Investigating the Impact of Sex and Gender on Mental Health. Clin Psychol Rev. 2018 12; 66:1-2. PMID: 30473078.
- Published on 11/13/2018
Pino EC, Zuo Y, Borba CP, Henderson DC, Kalesan B. Reply to psychiatric disorders' paradoxical protective effect on cardiovascular procedures and mortality. Psychiatry Res. 2018 12; 270:1181-1183. PMID: 30470578.
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