Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Lisa Fortuna
85 E. Newton St Fuller Building


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 7/1/2024

    Danovitch I, Fortuna L, Gomez-Luna S, Metz P, Waller C. Adolescent Residential Addiction Treatment. Health Aff (Millwood). 2024 Jul; 43(7):1052. PMID: 38950297.

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  • Published on 4/12/2024

    Zima BT, Edgcomb JB, Fortuna LR. Identifying Precise Targets to Improve Child Mental Health Care Equity: Leveraging Advances in Clinical Research Informatics and Lived Experience. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2024 Jul; 33(3):471-483. PMID: 38823818.

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  • Published on 2/4/2024

    Robles-Ramamurthy B, Zaki S, Sandoval JF, Dube AR, Hlozek S, Fortuna LR, Williamson AA. Improving adolescent sleep in long-term Juvenile correctional settings: case examples with clinical, research, and policy implications. Sleep Adv. 2024; 5(1):zpae006. PMID: 38425455.

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  • Published on 1/1/2024

    Novins DK, Althoff RR, Brotman MA, DelBello MP, Doyle AE, Fortuna LR, Fristad MA, Middeldorp CM, Njoroge WFM, Rogers CE, Singh MK. Editors' Best of 2023. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2024 Jan; 63(1):3-6. PMID: 38154857.

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  • Published on 1/1/2024

    Fortuna LR, Jimenez A, Porche MV. Climate Events, Displacement, and Mental Health-Uprooted. JAMA Psychiatry. 2024 Jan 01; 81(1):5-6. PMID: 37966826.

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  • Published on 12/24/2023

    Aguilera A, Arévalo Avalos MR, Rosales K, Reyes Y, Hernandez-Ramos R, Ramos G, Garcia E, Hoang T, Ochoa-Frongia L, Fortuna LR, Schueller SM. Effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial of Spanish language, digital cognitive-behavioral therapy (dCBT) intervention for depression and anxiety - protocol for the SUPERA (SUpport from PEeRs to expand Access) study. Contemp Clin Trials. 2024 Feb; 137:107422. PMID: 38145715.

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  • Published on 12/7/2023

    Fortuna LR. Editorial: Can Mobile Crisis Response Help Mitigate Racialized Disparities in Acute Child Mental Health Care? J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2024 Jul; 63(7):675-677. PMID: 38070865.

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  • Published on 12/1/2023

    Novins DK, Singh MK, Althoff RR, Bagot KS, Brotman MA, DelBello MP, Dickstein DP, Doyle AE, Drury SS, Findling RL, Fortuna LR, Fristad MA, Middeldorp CM, Njoroge WFM, Rogers CE, Pumariega AJ, Bath E, Tobón AL, Thompson-Felix T, Billingsley MK. Editors' Note: Third Annual Report Regarding JAACAP's Antiracist Journey. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2023 Dec; 62(12):1287-1294. PMID: 38035913.

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  • Published on 10/29/2023

    Fortuna LR, Porche MV. Upholding the Human Rights and Well-Being of Refugee Children Through Effective Clinical Care. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2024 Apr; 33(2):111-124. PMID: 38395499.

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  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Lee CM, Yonek J, Lin B, Bechelli M, Steinbuchel P, Fortuna L, Mangurian C. Systematic Review: Child Psychiatry Access Program Outcomes. JAACAP Open. 2023 Nov; 1(3):154-172. PMID: 38189028.

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