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 4/1/2022
Porche MV, Fortuna LR, Tolou-Shams M. Unpacking the Layers: Dismantling Inequities in Substance Use Services and Outcomes for Racially Minoritized Adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 Apr; 31(2):223-236. PMID: 35361361.
- Published on 3/2/2022
Seritan AL, Hasser C, Burke MG, Bussmann GL, Charlesworth A, Cooper R, Fortuna LR, Herbst ED, Jayaratne A, Richards A, Stuart BK, Epel E. The Climate Change and Mental Health Task Force: One Academic Psychiatry Department's Efforts to Heed the Call to Action. Acad Psychiatry. 2022 Mar 02. PMID: 35235190.
- Published on 2/26/2022
Fortuna LR, Al-Mateen CS, Cullins LM, Lohr WD. Cultivating Solutions for Disparities in Mental Health Services and Outcomes Among Minoritized Youth. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 Apr; 31(2):xiii-xv. PMID: 35361369.
- Published on 2/25/2022
Fortuna LR, Tobón AL, Anglero YL, Postlethwaite A, Porche MV, Rothe EM. Focusing on Racial, Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, and Resilience: A Paradigm to Better Serving Children and Families. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2022 Apr; 31(2):237-250. PMID: 35361362.
- Published on 1/19/2022
Fortuna LR. Editorial: Disparities in Access to Child Psychiatric Services: Can We Shift the Landscape? J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Jan 19. PMID: 35065189.
- 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 11; 35(8):1178-1183. 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 10; 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. 2022 02; 61(2):277-290.e2. 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.
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