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 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 Oct 22; 108649. PMID: 34716038.

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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 Oct; 148(4). PMID: 34531290.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    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. 2021 Sep 01; 1-8. PMID: 34590985.

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  • Published on 5/28/2021

    Hook K, Carroll HA, Louis EF, Prom MC, Stanton AM, Bogdanov S, Chiliza B, Freier LF, Rukundo GZ, Ghebrehiwet S, Borba CPC, Fricchione GL, Henderson DC. Global mental health: the role of collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glob Ment Health (Camb). 2021; 8:e20. PMID: 34192003.

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  • Published on 5/24/2021

    Chiliza J, Laing R, Feeley FG, Borba CPC. Program sustainability post PEPFAR direct service support in the Western Cape, South Africa. PLoS One. 2021; 16(5):e0251230. PMID: 34029323.

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  • Published on 5/11/2021

    Yeung A, Norton R, Dean T, Nagaswami M, Yeung A, Vuky C, Mischoulon D, Borba C. Depressed Chinese Americans present predominantly psychological symptoms: A new trend or different outcomes due to methodological differences? Asian J Psychiatr. 2021 Jul; 61:102684. PMID: 34051526.

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  • Published on 4/2/2021

    Gummadi NH, D'Amico M, Chandra P, Krumholz JO, Mumber HE, Hoyo L, Miller M, Borba CP, Wachman EM. Impact of cuddler service-learning program in medical student education of opioid use disorder in pregnancy and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. Subst Abus. 2021 Apr 02; 1-6. PMID: 33797332.

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  • Published on 3/2/2021

    Misra S, Gelaye B, Williams DR, Koenen KC, Borba CPC, Quattrone D, Di Forti M, Tripoli G, La Cascia C, La Barbera D, Ferraro L, Tarricone I, Berardi D, Lasalvia A, Tosato S, Szöke A, Llorca PM, 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, Jongsma HE, Kirkbride JB, Rutten BPF, van Os J, Murray RM, Gayer-Anderson C, Morgan C. Perceived major experiences of discrimination, ethnic group, and risk of psychosis in a six-country case-control study. Psychol Med. 2021 Mar 02; 1-9. PMID: 33648622.

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  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Ogundare T, Onifade PO, Ogundapo ', Ghebrehiwet S, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Relationship between quality of life and social integration among patients with schizophrenia attending a Nigerian tertiary hospital. Qual Life Res. 2021 Jun; 30(6):1665-1674. PMID: 33523402.

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  • Published on 10/26/2020

    Hook K, Ando K, Ghebrehiwet S, Harris B, Ojediran B, Syeda H, Henderson D, Borba C. Current state of the literature on mental health in Liberia: A systematic review. S Afr J Psychiatr. 2020; 26:1502. PMID: 33240551.

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