Christina Borba, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry Section

MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
PhD, Emory University



Christina P.C. Borba, PhD, MPH is Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. Until 2016, she was the Director of Research at the MGH Division of Global Psychiatry. She is an Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Research at MGH.

Dr. Borba has extensive experience in mixed methods research, teaching and training, and development and management of randomized clinical trials. Dr. Borba’s current research focuses on psychotic disorders and cultural psychiatry in low-resourced settings in the US and abroad, women’s mental health, and gender differences in care.

Dr. Borba is currently examining socio-cultural aspects of schizophrenia in Ethiopia with a goal of understanding why the disease prevalence ratio has been found to be 5:1 male to female (a statistic unlike any other in the world). She is also involved in ongoing efforts in Liberia to increase local research capacity with the University of Liberia, and to identify and conduct priority mental health-related research with in-country academic leaders. In her role as Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Borba works to expand departmental research capacity through research education initiatives for residents and medical students, mentorship of junior faculty, new faculty recruitment and the expansion of research infrastructure capacity within the department. She supervises and provides research-related trainings for all research teams within the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Borba has co-published several peer-reviewed articles and first authored two book chapters. She is the recipient of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She received her doctorate in public health from Emory University and her master’s degree in public health from Boston University. She has lectured on qualitative methods and has taught masters-level courses at Emory on research methods and statistical analysis in the field of behavioral sciences. Prior to her doctorate, Dr. Borba managed the efforts of a cross-functional research team including research coordinators, student interns and fellows, while being responsible for the management of several clinical randomized control trials.


Epidemiological and socio-cultural landscape of schizophrenia in rural Ethiopia
02/01/2016 - 01/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5K01MH100428-04

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Sarah Valentine
11/01/2016 - 10/31/2017 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System



Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Shields MC, Borba CPC, Trinh NT. Quality of Inpatient Psychiatric Care and Consumers'' Trust in the Mental Health Care System. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Jun 01; 68(6):642-643. PMID: 28566040.
  2. Chemali Z, Borba CPC, Johnson K, Hock RS, Parnarouskis L, Henderson DC, Fricchione GL. Humanitarian space and well-being: effectiveness of training on a psychosocial intervention for host community-refugee interaction. Med Confl Surviv. 2017 May 12; 1-21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28497699.
  3. Levey EJ, Gelaye B, Bain P, Rondon MB, Borba CP, Henderson DC, Williams MA. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of interventions designed to decrease child abuse in high-risk families. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar; 65:48-57.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28110205; DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.01.004;.
  4. Levey EJ, Oppenheim CE, Lange BC, Plasky NS, Harris BL, Lekpeh GG, Kekulah I, Henderson DC, Borba CP. A qualitative analysis of parental loss and family separation among youth in post-conflict Liberia. Vulnerable Child Youth Stud. 2017 Jan 02; 12(1):1-16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28163770; DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2016.1262978;.
  5. Levey EJ, Oppenheim CE, Lange BC, Plasky NS, Harris BL, Lekpeh GG, Kekulah I, Henderson DC, Borba CP. A qualitative analysis of factors impacting resilience among youth in post-conflict Liberia. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2016; 10:26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27525038; DOI: 10.1186/s13034-016-0114-7;.
  6. Ng LC, Petruzzi LJ, Greene MC, Mueser KT, Borba CP, Henderson DC. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Social and Occupational Functioning of People With Schizophrenia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Aug; 204(8):590-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27105458; PMCID: PMC4969152; DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000523;.
  7. Valentine SE, Borba CP, Dixon L, Vaewsorn AS, Guajardo JG, Resick PA, Wiltsey Stirman S, Marques L. Cognitive Processing Therapy for Spanish-speaking Latinos: A Formative Study of a Model-Driven Cultural Adaptation of the Manual to Enhance Implementation in a Usual Care Setting. J Clin Psychol. 2017 Mar; 73(3):239-256.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27378013; DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22337;.
  8. Marques L, Dixon L, Valentine SE, Borba CP, Simon NM, Wiltsey Stirman S. Providers'' perspectives of factors influencing implementation of evidence-based treatments in a community mental health setting: A qualitative investigation of the training-practice gap. Psychol Serv. 2016 Aug; 13(3):322-31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27281696; PMCID: PMC4980224; DOI: 10.1037/ser0000087;.
  9. Nobles CJ, Valentine SE, Borba CP, Gerber MW, Shtasel DL, Marques L. Black-white disparities in the association between posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic illness. J Psychosom Res. 2016 Jun; 85:19-25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27212665; PMCID: PMC4879687; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.03.126;.
  10. Ng LC, Magidson JF, Hock RS, Joska JA, Fekadu A, Hanlon C, Galler JR, Safren SA, Borba CP, Fricchione GL, Henderson DC. Proposed Training Areas for Global Mental Health Researchers. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4):679-85.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26976395; PMCID: PMC4938780; DOI: 10.1007/s40596-016-0518-y;.
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