Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, FAPA

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Michelle Durham


Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, FAPA, DFAACAP is the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)/Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is a board certified physician specializing in pediatric and adult psychiatry with additional board certification in addiction medicine. Her public health and clinical roles have always been in marginalized communities. She is dedicated to health equity and advocacy for equitable mental health treatment globally and locally. Dr. Durham practices clinically at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is the Training Director for the BMC general psychiatry residency program, the Associate Director for the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)/BMC Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at BUSM.

Dr. Durham’s public health and clinical roles have always been in marginalized communities. She is dedicated to health equity and advocacy for equitable mental health treatment globally and locally. Her research focuses on workforce development that reflects groups historically excluded from medicine, training and education for both the pediatric workforce and mental health professionals. She is the Director of Clinical Training for the BMC Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health in Urban Pediatrics (TEAM UP) grant funded Initiative to bring mental health care into the pediatric primary care setting in federally qualified community health centers. Through the TEAM UP initiative she developed an e-course for the pediatric care team to build foundational skills in working with children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns. She is the PI for two federally funded HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grants: Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Office Rounds and the Achieving Culturally Competent and Equitable Substance use Services (ACCESS) Training Program.

She received her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, completed her residency training at BMC and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut where she was also elected Chief Resident. She received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA. Prior to completing her medical education, she worked as the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Durham is the Massachusetts representative to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and member of the APA Council on International Psychiatry and Global Health. She is a member of the Council on Health Promotion and Prevention for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) to improve the standard of care for children and adolescents. For her contributions and dedication to the field of psychiatry, Dr. Durham has been appointed a Fellow of the APA and Distinguished Fellow of AACAP. Dr. Durham’s interests lie in advocacy, mental healthcare integration into the pediatric primary care setting, trauma in young children, health inequities among Black and brown populations and training/education.


  • Louisiana State University, MD
  • Emory University, MPH
  • Louisiana State University, BS


  • Published on 11/1/2020

    Brady, K. J. S., Durham, M. P., Francoeur, A., Henneberg, C., Adhia, A., Morley, D., Tamene, M., Singerman, A., Morris, A., Fortuna, L. R., Feinberg, E., & Bair-Merritt, M. Barriers and facilitators to integrating behavioral health services and pediatric primary care. . Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2020.

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  • Published on 10/26/2020

    Senait Ghebrehiwet , Benjamin L. Harris , Babawale Ojediran , Micaela Owusu , Lauren P. Augello , Michelle P. Durham , David C. Henderson & Christina P.C. Borba. Using local terminology to measure substance use behaviors among youth in post-conflict Liberia: a mixed methods study. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2020.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Michelle P. Durham. Trauma in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting in Pediatric Mental Health for Primary Care Providers: A Clinician’s Guide. Springer. New York. 2018; 23-32.

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  • Published on 2/19/2016

    Pullen SJ, Petruzzi L, Lange BC, Parnarouskis L, Dominguez S, Harris B, Quiterio N, Durham MP, Lekpeh G, Manobah B, Slopadoe SP, Diandy VC, Payne AJ, Henderson DC, Borba CP. A Qualitative Analysis of Substance Use among Liberian Youth: Understanding Behaviors, Consequences, and Protective Factors Involving School Youth and the School Milieu. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry. 2016 Feb; 2(1). PMID: 27158680.

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  • Published on 1/1/1900

    Chen JA, Durham MP, Madu A, Trinh N, Fricchione GL, Henderson CD. Culture and Psychiatry in Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry, 7th Edition. Elsevier. Philadelphia. 559-568.

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