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 7/5/2018
Apaydin KZ, Fontenot HB, Borba CPC, Shtasel DL, Ulery S, Mayer KH, Keuroghlian AS. Three-dose HPV vaccine completion among sexual and gender minority young adults at a Boston community health center. Vaccine. 2018 08 06; 36(32 Pt B):4897-4903. PMID: 29983254.
- Published on 6/22/2018
Apaydin KZ, Nguyen A, Borba CPC, Shtasel DL, Ulery S, Mayer KH, Keuroghlian AS. Factors associated with anal cancer screening follow-up by high-resolution anoscopy. Sex Transm Infect. 2018 Jun 22. PMID: 29934358.
- Published on 5/16/2018
Apaydin KZ, Fontenot HB, Shtasel D, Dale SK, Borba CPC, Lathan CS, Panther L, Mayer KH, Keuroghlian AS. Facilitators of and barriers to HPV vaccination among sexual and gender minority patients at a Boston community health center. Vaccine. 2018 06 18; 36(26):3868-3875. PMID: 29778516.
- Published on 5/14/2018
Benson NM, Chaukos D, Vestal H, Chad-Friedman EF, Denninger JW, Borba CPC. A Qualitative Analysis of Stress and Relaxation Themes Contributing to Burnout in First-Year Psychiatry and Medicine Residents. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 May 14. PMID: 29761286.
- Published on 3/20/2018
Pino EC, Zuo Y, Borba CP, Henderson DC, Kalesan B. Clinical depression and anxiety among ST-elevation myocardial infarction hospitalizations: Results from Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2004-2013. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Aug; 266:291-300. PMID: 29615266.
- Published on 3/1/2018
Petruzzi LJ, Pullen SJ, Lange BCL, Parnarouskis L, Dominguez S, Harris B, Quiterio N, Lekpeh G, Manobah B, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Contributing Risk Factors for Substance Use Among Youth in Postconflict Liberia. Qual Health Res. 2018 Mar 01; 1049732318761863. PMID: 29542398.
- Published on 2/26/2018
Chemali Z, Smati H, Johnson K, Borba CPC, Fricchione GL. Reflections from the Lebanese field: "First, heal thyself". Confl Health. 2018; 12:8. PMID: 29588655.
- 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. 2018 Sep; 13(9):1216-1228. 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.
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