Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Lisa Fortuna
85 E. Newton St Fuller Building


I am the medical director for child and adolescent psychiatry services for the Boston Medical Center, and co-director of the Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health in Urban Pediatrics –TEAM UP for Children, a 4 year behavioral health integration project in pediatrics at three community health centers. TEAM UP is supported by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation.

My clinical career has focused on treating a range of childhood psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and mental health services, research on access to care and quality of treatment for underserved and vulnerable populations including children, immigrant and refugee populations. These areas of clinical practice and research are my passion and have resulted in my engagement in many rewarding projects which include: being a cofounder of a refugee immigrant mental health clinic in Boston, being an investigator in national and international studies of immigrant mental health and addictions which have contributed to the field’s understanding of treatment needs and interventions for these populations.

I have published in peer reviewed journals on the topics of Latino mental health, PTSD, improving access to mental health services by Latinos and other U.S. underserved minorities. I have also worked on developing mental health interventions and services for unaccompanied refugee minors from Latin America and in promoting integrated mental health interventions in pediatric primary care.

My book “Mindfulness-Based CBT for Adolescent PTSD and Addictions” was published by New Harbinger Press in October 2015 and is a product of a five-year National Institute of Drug Abuse research grant during which I developed and tested an effective intervention for adolescents with co-occurring traumatic stress and addictions.


  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, MD
  • Episcopal Divinity School, MDiv
  • Hunter College, MPH
  • Yale University, BA


  • Published on 2/6/2023

    Freitag GF, Salem H, Conroy K, Busto C, Adrian M, Borba CPC, Brandt A, Chu PV, Dantowitz A, Farley AM, Fortuna L, Furr JM, Lejeune J, Miller L, Platt R, Porche M, Read KL, Rivero-Conil S, Hernandez RDS, Shumway P, Sikov J, Spencer A, Syeda H, McLellan LF, Rapee RM, McMakin D, Pincus DB, Comer JS. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) pediatric and parent-proxy short forms for anxiety: Psychometric properties in the Kids FACE FEARS sample. J Anxiety Disord. 2023 Feb 06; 94:102677. PMID: 36773484.

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  • Published on 1/1/2023

    Novins DK, Althoff RR, Brotman MA, Cortese S, DelBello M, Doyle A, Drury SS, Fortuna L, Frazier JA, Fristad M, Henderson SW, McCauley E, Middeldorp C, Njoroge WFM, Rogers CE, White T. Editors' Best of 2022. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2023 Jan; 62(1):1-7. PMID: 36581385.

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  • Published on 12/19/2022

    Zolli N, Loubeau JK, Sikov J, Baul TD, Hasan S, Rosen K, Buonocore O, Rabin M, Duncan A, Fortuna L, Borba CPC, Silverstein M, Spencer AE. "If he doesn't buy in, it's a waste of time": Perspectives from diverse parents and adolescents on engaging children in ADHD treatment. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2022 Dec 19. PMID: 36534302.

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  • Published on 12/12/2022

    Schreiber J, Richards M, Novins DK, Althoff R, Fortuna L, Fristad MA, Doyle AE, DelBello MP, Middeldorp C. JAACAP Book Forum: Introducing the JAACAP Editorial Team. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Dec 12. PMID: 36528244.

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  • Published on 11/15/2022

    Fortuna LR, Shah LD. Editorial: Racialized Trauma and Emotion Regulation in a Dysregulated World. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2023 Feb; 62(2):127-129. PMID: 36400279.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Robles-Ramamurthy B, Sandoval JF, Tobón AL, Fortuna LR. Beyond Children's Mental Health: Cultural Considerations to Foster Latino Child and Family Mental Health. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 Oct; 31(4):765-778. PMID: 36182223.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Seritan AL, Hasser C, Burke MG, Bussmann GL, Charlesworth A, Cooper R, Fortuna LR, Herbst ED, Jayaratne A, Richards A, Stuart BK, Epel E. Correction to: The Climate Change and Mental Health Task Force: One Academic Psychiatry Department's Efforts to Heed the Call to Action. Acad Psychiatry. 2022 Oct; 46(5):590. PMID: 35705891.

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  • Published on 9/7/2022

    Camino-Gaztambide RF, Fortuna LR, Stuber ML. Religion and Spirituality: Why and How to Address It in Clinical Practice. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 Oct; 31(4):615-630. PMID: 36182214.

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  • Published on 6/8/2022

    Larson J, Kazura A, Fortuna L, French WP, Hodas GR, Metz P, McGinty K, Bellonci C, Lee T, Lohr WD, Sharma P, Zachik A, Varma C, Kamarauche A, Adade OA, Bender E, Brown KA, Concepcion M, Naylor MW, Pandhi S, Ugorji O, Abright AR, Becker T, Diamond J, Hayek M, Keable H, Ripperger-Suhler J, Vasa R, Bukstein OG, Rockhill C, Walter HJ. Clinical Update: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Care in Community Systems of Care. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Jun 08. PMID: 35690302.

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  • Published on 5/23/2022

    Tolou-Shams M, Bath E, McPhee J, Folk JB, Porche MV, Fortuna LR. Juvenile Justice, Technology and Family Separation: A Call to Prioritize Access to Family-Based Telehealth Treatment for Justice-Involved Adolescents' Mental Health and Well-Being. Front Digit Health. 2022; 4:867366. PMID: 35677312.

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