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Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
Address85 E. Newton St Fuller Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617)414-4754
Fax(617) 414-5520
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

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  • Disparities Research Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Behavioral Health Care Integration in Pediatrics Immigrant Child and Family Mental Health Services & Research
 Publications
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  1. Fortuna LR, Álvarez K, Ramos Ortiz Z, Wang Y, Mozo Alegría X, Cook BL, Alegría M. Mental health, migration stressors and suicidal ideation among Latino immigrants in Spain and the United States. Eur Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 36:15-22. PMID: 27311103.
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  2. 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. 2016 May 5. PMID: 27150593.
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  3. Porche MV, Fortuna LR, Wachholtz A, Stone RT. Distal and Proximal Religiosity as Protective Factors for Adolescent and Emerging Adult Alcohol Use. Religions (Basel). 2015; 6(2):365-384. PMID: 26146565.
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  4. Earl TR, Fortuna LR, Gao S, Williams DR, Neighbors H, Takeuchi D, Alegría M. An exploration of how psychotic-like symptoms are experienced, endorsed, and understood from the National Latino and Asian American Study and National Survey of American Life. Ethn Health. 2015; 20(3):273-92. PMID: 24920148.
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  5. Alegría M, Fortuna LR, Lin JY, Norris FH, Gao S, Takeuchi DT, Jackson JS, Shrout PE, Valentine A. Prevalence, risk, and correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder across ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States. Med Care. 2013 Dec; 51(12):1114-23. PMID: 24226308.
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  6. Kim SS, Kim S, Seward G, Fortuna L, McKee SA. Korean American Women's Experiences with Smoking and Factors Associated with Their Quit Intentions. ISRN Addict. 2013; 2013:796570. PMID: 25938119.
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  7. Porche MV, Fortuna LR, Lin J, Alegria M. Childhood trauma and psychiatric disorders as correlates of school dropout in a national sample of young adults. Child Dev. 2011 May-Jun; 82(3):982-98. PMID: 21410919.
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  8. Fortuna LR, Alegria M, Gao S. Retention in depression treatment among ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States. Depress Anxiety. 2010 May; 27(5):485-94. PMID: 20336808.
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  9. DiFranza J, Ursprung WW, Lauzon B, Bancej C, Wellman RJ, Ziedonis D, Kim SS, Gervais A, Meltzer B, McKay CE, O'Loughlin J, Okoli CT, Fortuna LR, Tremblay M. A systematic review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnostic criteria for nicotine dependence. Addict Behav. 2010 May; 35(5):373-82. PMID: 20056335.
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  10. Fortuna LR, Porche MV, Alegría M. A qualitative study of clinicians' use of the cultural formulation model in assessing posttraumatic stress disorder. Transcult Psychiatry. 2009 Sep; 46(3):429-50. PMID: 19837780.
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  11. Witt WP, Kahn R, Fortuna L, Winickoff J, Kuhlthau K, Pirraglia PA, Ferris T. Psychological distress as a barrier to preventive healthcare among U.S. women. J Prim Prev. 2009 Sep; 30(5):531-47. PMID: 19690962.
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  12. Fortuna LR, Porche MV, Alegria M. Political violence, psychosocial trauma, and the context of mental health services use among immigrant Latinos in the United States. Ethn Health. 2008 Nov 1; 13(5):435-63. PMID: 18850369.
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  13. Pérez DJ, Fortuna L, Alegria M. Prevalence and Correlates of Everyday Discrimination among U.S. Latinos. J Community Psychol. 2008 May 1; 36(4):421-433. PMID: 19960098.
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  14. Cortes DE, Mulvaney-Day N, Fortuna L, Reinfeld S, Alegría M. Patient--provider communication: understanding the role of patient activation for Latinos in mental health treatment. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Feb; 36(1):138-54. PMID: 18413668.
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  15. Fortuna LR, Perez DJ, Canino G, Sribney W, Alegria M. Prevalence and correlates of lifetime suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among Latino subgroups in the United States. J Clin Psychiatry. 2007 Apr; 68(4):572-81. PMID: 17474813.
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  16. Witt WP, Fortuna L, Wu E, Kahn RS, Winickoff JP, Pirraglia PA, Ferris TG, Kuhlthau K. Children's use of motor vehicle restraints: maternal psychological distress, maternal motor vehicle restraint practices, and sociodemographics. Ambul Pediatr. 2006 May-Jun; 6(3):145-51. PMID: 16713932.
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  17. Zayas LH, Lester RJ, Cabassa LJ, Fortuna LR. Why do so many latina teens attempt suicide? A conceptual model for research. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2005 Apr; 75(2):275-87. PMID: 15839764.
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