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 10/15/2021
Satre DD, Meacham MC, Asarnow LD, Fisher WS, Fortuna LR, Iturralde E. Opportunities to Integrate Mobile App-Based Interventions Into Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services in the Wake of COVID-19. Am J Health Promot. 2021 Oct 15; 8901171211055314. PMID: 34652971.
- 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.
- Published on 9/1/2021
Sharma A, Feuer V, Stuart BK, Folk JB, Doan BT, Kulkarni CA, Ramtekkar U, Fortuna L, Myers K. Home-Based Telemental Health: A Proposed Privacy and Safety Protocol and Tool. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2021 09; 31(7):464-474. PMID: 34543079.
- Published on 6/10/2021
Folk JB, Schiel MA, Oblath R, Feuer V, Sharma A, Khan S, Doan B, Kulkarni C, Ramtekkar U, Hawks J, Fornari V, Fortuna LR, Myers K. The Transition of Academic Mental Health Clinics to Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 Jun 10. PMID: 34119633.
- Published on 6/10/2021
Tolou-Shams M, Folk J, Stuart B, Mangurian C, Fortuna L. Rapid creation of child telemental health services during COVID-19 to promote continued care for underserved children and families. Psychol Serv. 2021 Jun 10. PMID: 34110866.
- Published on 5/14/2021
Fortuna LR. Editorial: Disrupting Pathways to Self-Harm in Adolescence: Machine Learning as an Opportunity. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 May 14. PMID: 34000333.
- Published on 3/1/2021
Rothe EM, Fortuna LR, Tobon AL, Postlethwaite A, Sanchez-Lacay JA, Anglero YL. Structural Inequities and the Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Children: Implications for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 06; 60(6):669-671. PMID: 33662497.
- Published on 1/1/2021
Spencer AE, Valentine SE, Sikov J, Yule AM, Hsu H, Hallett E, Xuan Z, Silverstein M, Fortuna L. Principles of Care for Young Adults With Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. Pediatrics. 2021 01; 147(Suppl 2):229-239. PMID: 33386320.
- Published on 8/6/2020
Fortuna LR, Falgas-Bague I, Ramos Z, Porche MV, Alegría M. Development of a cognitive behavioral therapy with integrated mindfulness for Latinx immigrants with co-occurring disorders: Analysis of intermediary outcomes. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Nov; 12(8):825-835. PMID: 32757577.
- Published on 6/27/2020
Moore Q, Tennant PS, Fortuna LR. Improving Research Quality to Achieve Mental Health Equity. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2020 09; 43(3):569-582. PMID: 32773082.
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