Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Lisa Fortuna
617.638.4920
85 E. Newton St Fuller Building

Biography

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.

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 6/15/2022

    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 Jun 15. PMID: 35705891.

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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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  • Published on 5/6/2022

    McCuistian C, Kimball SL, Buitron de la Vega P, Godfrey LB, Fortuna LR, Valentine SE. Consideration of racism experiences in the implementation of trauma-focused therapy in primary care. Health Serv Res. 2022 May 06. PMID: 35521941.

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  • Published on 4/22/2022

    Porche MV, Folk JB, Tolou-Shams M, Fortuna LR. Researchers' Perspectives on Digital Mental Health Intervention Co-Design With Marginalized Community Stakeholder Youth and Families. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:867460. PMID: 35530032.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Jul; 61(7):862-863. PMID: 35065189.

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