Christina P. Borba, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Christina Borba
85 E. Newton St Fuller Building


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 7/19/2022

    Shah AH, Becene IA, Nguyen KTNH, Stuart JJ, West MG, Berrill JES, Hankins J, Borba CPC, Rich-Edwards JW. A qualitative analysis of psychosocial stressors and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline healthcare personnel in the United States. SSM Qual Res Health. 2022 Dec; 2:100130. PMID: 35873922.

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  • Published on 3/17/2022

    Curren LC, Borba CPC, Henderson DC, Tompson MC. "Making Room": A Thematic Analysis Study of the Process of Postpartum Maternal Adjustment. Matern Child Health J. 2022 May; 26(5):1142-1152. PMID: 35298743.

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  • Published on 3/14/2022

    Prom MC, Denduluri A, Philpotts LL, Rondon MB, Borba CPC, Gelaye B, Byatt N. A Systematic Review of Interventions That Integrate Perinatal Mental Health Care Into Routine Maternal Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:859341. PMID: 35360136.

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  • Published on 2/11/2022

    Sharma M, Koenen KC, Borba CPC, Williams DR, Deng DK. The measurement of war-related trauma amongst internally displaced men and women in South Sudan: Psychometric analysis of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire. J Affect Disord. 2022 05 01; 304:102-112. PMID: 35151676.

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  • Published on 1/26/2022

    Yue H, Mail V, DiSalvo M, Borba C, Piechniczek-Buczek J, Yule AM. Patient Preferences for Patient Portal-Based Telepsychiatry in a Safety Net Hospital Setting During COVID-19: Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Jan 26; 6(1):e33697. PMID: 34932497.

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  • Published on 1/13/2022

    Levey EJ, Harris BL, Laird LD, Kekulah I, Borba CPC, Henderson DC, Becker AE. Orphans in post-conflict Liberia: Seeking care in fractured communities. Transcult Psychiatry. 2022 Jun; 59(3):235-248. PMID: 35021921.

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  • Published on 12/11/2021

    Challa F, Getahun T, Sileshi M, Geto Z, Kelkile TS, Gurmessa S, Medhin G, Mesfin M, Alemayehu M, Shumet T, Mulugeta A, Bekele D, Borba CPC, Oppenheim CE, Henderson DC, Fekadu A, Carobene A, Teferra S. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome among patients with schizophrenia in Ethiopia. BMC Psychiatry. 2021 12 11; 21(1):620. PMID: 34895175.

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  • Published on 10/22/2021

    Anvari MS, Seitz-Brown CJ, Spencer J, Mulheron M, Abdelwahab S, Borba CPC, Magidson JF, Felton JW. "How can I hug someone now [over the phone]?": Impacts of COVID-19 on peer recovery specialists and clients in substance use treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 12; 131:108649. PMID: 34716038.

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  • Published on 9/30/2021

    Shields MC, Trinh NT, Borba CPC, Chen R, Reddy AK, Singer SJ. Former Inpatient Psychiatric Patients' Past Experiences With Traditional Frontline Staff and Their Thoughts on the Benefits of Peers as Part of Frontline Staff. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2022 Mar; 60(3):15-22. PMID: 34590985.

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  • Published on 9/16/2021

    Spencer AE, Sikov J, Loubeau JK, Zolli N, Baul T, Rabin M, Hasan S, Rosen K, Buonocore O, Lejeune J, Dayal R, Fortuna L, Borba C, Silverstein M. Six Stages of Engagement in ADHD Treatment Described by Diverse, Urban Parents. Pediatrics. 2021 10; 148(4). PMID: 34531290.

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