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 10/6/2017
Mehralizade A, Schor S, Coleman CM, Oppenheim CE, Denckla CA, Borba CP, Henderson DC, Wolff J, Crane S, Nettles-Gomez P, Pal A, Milanovic S. Mobile Health Apps in OB-GYN-Embedded Psychiatric Care: Commentary. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Oct 06; 5(10):e152. PMID: 28986335.
- Published on 9/12/2017
Chemali Z, Borba CPC, Johnson K, Khair S, Fricchione GL. Needs assessment with elder Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Implications for services and interventions. Glob Public Health. 2017 Sep 12; 1-13. PMID: 28895503.
- Published on 6/1/2017
Shields MC, Borba CPC, Trinh NT. Quality of Inpatient Psychiatric Care and Consumers' Trust in the Mental Health Care System. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Jun 01; 68(6):642-643. PMID: 28566040.
- Published on 5/12/2017
Chemali Z, Borba CPC, Johnson K, Hock RS, Parnarouskis L, Henderson DC, Fricchione GL. Humanitarian space and well-being: effectiveness of training on a psychosocial intervention for host community-refugee interaction. Med Confl Surviv. 2017 Jun; 33(2):141-161. PMID: 28497699.
- Published on 1/19/2017
Levey EJ, Gelaye B, Bain P, Rondon MB, Borba CP, Henderson DC, Williams MA. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of interventions designed to decrease child abuse in high-risk families. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar; 65:48-57. PMID: 28110205.
- Published on 1/1/2017
Medlock M, Weissman A, Wong SS, Carlo A, Zeng M, Borba C, Curry M, Shtasel D. Racism as a Unique Social Determinant of Mental Health: Development of a Didactic Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents. MedEdPORTAL Publ. 2017; 13. PMID: 29387786.
- Published on 12/3/2016
Levey EJ, Oppenheim CE, Lange BC, Plasky NS, Harris BL, Lekpeh GG, Kekulah I, Henderson DC, Borba CP. A qualitative analysis of parental loss and family separation among youth in post-conflict Liberia. Vulnerable Child Youth Stud. 2017 Jan 02; 12(1):1-16. PMID: 28163770.
- Published on 8/12/2016
Levey EJ, Oppenheim CE, Lange BC, Plasky NS, Harris BL, Lekpeh GG, Kekulah I, Henderson DC, Borba CP. A qualitative analysis of factors impacting resilience among youth in post-conflict Liberia. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2016; 10:26. PMID: 27525038.
- Published on 8/1/2016
Ng LC, Petruzzi LJ, Greene MC, Mueser KT, Borba CP, Henderson DC. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Social and Occupational Functioning of People With Schizophrenia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Aug; 204(8):590-8. PMID: 27105458.
- Published on 7/5/2016
Valentine SE, Borba CP, Dixon L, Vaewsorn AS, Guajardo JG, Resick PA, Wiltsey Stirman S, Marques L. Cognitive Processing Therapy for Spanish-speaking Latinos: A Formative Study of a Model-Driven Cultural Adaptation of the Manual to Enhance Implementation in a Usual Care Setting. J Clin Psychol. 2017 Mar; 73(3):239-256. PMID: 27378013.
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