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 1/24/2020
Mendoza NS, Moreno FA, Hishaw GA, Gaw AC, Fortuna LR, Skubel A, Porche MV, Roessel MH, Shore J, Gallegos A. Affirmative Care Across Cultures: Broadening Application. Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ). 2020 Jan; 18(1):31-39. PMID: 32047395.
- Published on 12/16/2019
Kuhn J, Sheldrick RC, Broder-Fingert S, Chu A, Fortuna L, Jordan M, Rubin D, Feinberg E. Simulation and minimization: technical advances for factorial experiments designed to optimize clinical interventions. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019 12 16; 19(1):239. PMID: 31842765.
- Published on 12/16/2019
Broder-Fingert S, Kuhn J, Sheldrick RC, Chu A, Fortuna L, Jordan M, Rubin D, Feinberg E. Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) framework to test intervention delivery strategies: a study protocol. Trials. 2019 Dec 16; 20(1):728. PMID: 31842963.
- Published on 7/23/2019
Fortuna LR, Noroña CR, Porche MV, Tillman C, Patil PA, Wang Y, Markle SL, Alegría M. Trauma, immigration, and sexual health among Latina women: Implications for maternal-child well-being and reproductive justice. Infant Ment Health J. 2019 09; 40(5):640-658. PMID: 31335984.
- Published on 4/4/2019
Concepcion Zayas MT, Fortuna LR, Cullins LM. Depression in Latino and Immigrant Refugee Youth: Clinical Opportunities and Considerations. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2019 07; 28(3):483-495. PMID: 31076122.
- Published on 1/4/2019
Alegría M, Falgas-Bague I, Collazos F, Carmona Camacho R, Lapatin Markle S, Wang Y, Baca-García E, Lê Cook B, Chavez LM, Fortuna L, Herrera L, Qureshi A, Ramos Z, González C, Aroca P, Albarracín García L, Cellerino L, Villar A, Ali N, Mueser KT, Shrout PE. Evaluation of the Integrated Intervention for Dual Problems and Early Action Among Latino Immigrants With Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 01 04; 2(1):e186927. PMID: 30646205.
- Published on 1/9/2018
Fortuna LR, Cook B, Porche MV, Wang Y, Amaris AM, Alegria M. Sleep disturbance as a predictor of time to drug and alcohol use treatment in primary care. Sleep Med. 2018 02; 42:31-37. PMID: 29458743.
- Published on 12/21/2017
Patil PA, Porche MV, Shippen NA, Dallenbach NT, Fortuna LR. Which girls, which boys? The intersectional risk for depression by race and ethnicity, and gender in the U.S. Clin Psychol Rev. 2018 12; 66:51-68. PMID: 29310973.
- Published on 8/16/2017
Fortuna LR, Porche MV, Padilla A. A treatment development study of a cognitive and mindfulness-based therapy for adolescents with co-occurring post-traumatic stress and substance use disorder. Psychol Psychother. 2018 03; 91(1):42-62. PMID: 28815876.
- Published on 6/1/2017
Ramos Z, Fortuna LR, Porche MV, Wang Y, Shrout PE, Loder S, McPeck S, Noyola N, Toro M, Carmona R, Alegría M. Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and their Relationship to Drug and Alcohol use in an International Sample of Latino Immigrants. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Jun; 19(3):552-561. PMID: 27150593.
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