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 5/9/2020
Misra S, Johnson KA, Parnarouskis LM, Koenen KC, Williams DR, Gelaye B, Borba CPC. How Early Life Adversities Influence Later Life Family Interactions for Individuals with Schizophrenia in Outpatient Treatment: A Qualitative Analysis. Community Ment Health J. 2020 May 09. PMID: 32385585.
- Published on 4/25/2020
Ogundare T, Adebowale TO, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Correlates of depression and quality of life among patients with epilepsy in Nigeria. Epilepsy Res. 2020 Apr 25; 164:106344. PMID: 32361406.
- Published on 12/4/2019
Barnett BS, Kusunzi V, Magola L, Borba CPC, Udedi M, Kulisewa K, Hosseinipour MC. Risk factors for readmission among a cohort of psychiatric inpatients in Lilongwe, Malawi. Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract. 2020 Mar; 24(1):25-30. PMID: 31799886.
- Published on 10/26/2019
Hailemariam M, Ghebrehiwet S, Baul T, Restivo JL, Shibre T, Henderson DC, Girma E, Fekadu A, Teferra S, Hanlon C, Johnson JE, Borba CPC. "He can send her to her parents": The interaction between marriageability, gender and serious mental illness in rural Ethiopia. BMC Psychiatry. 2019 10 26; 19(1):315. PMID: 31655561.
- Published on 10/20/2019
Ghebrehiwet S, Baul T, Restivo JL, Kelkile TS, Stevenson A, Gelaye B, Fekadu A, Hailemariam M, Girma E, Teferra S, Canelos V, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Gender-specific experiences of serious mental illness in rural Ethiopia: A qualitative study. Glob Public Health. 2020 02; 15(2):185-199. PMID: 31630624.
- 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 08; 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 08; 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 09; 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.
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