Christina Borba, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Psychiatry

PhD, Emory University
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Northeastern 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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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.

Clinical Trials Network: Mid-Atlantic Integrated Care Research Collaborative
06/01/2021 - 05/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Howard University NIH NIDA

Clinical Trials Network: Mid-Atlantic Integrated Care Research Collaborative
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Howard University NIH NIDA

Clinical Trials Network: Mid-Atlantic Integrated Care Research Collaborative
06/01/2019 - 05/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Howard University NIH NIDA

Epidemiological and socio-cultural landscape of schizophrenia in rural Ethiopia
02/01/2016 - 01/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Sarah Valentine
11/01/2016 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Boston Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
06/15/2021 - 05/14/2023 (PI)
Bay Cove Human Services Substance Abuse & Me

Youth Mental Health and Crisis Intervention
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2022 (PI)
Boston Foundation


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  1. Pearson JL, Borba CPC. New Research Efforts and Approaches Are Needed to Change the Current Youth Suicide Risk Trends Among Health Disparity Groups. Am J Public Health. 2024 Mar; 114(S3):S246-S249. PMID: 38537166; PMCID: PMC10976445; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307555;
  2. Barksdale CL, Hill LD, Jean-Francois B, Maholmes V, Friedman-Hill SR, Parsafar P, Quartey-Ampofo PM, Freeman RC, Willis V, Deeds B, Borba CPC. A National Institutes of Health Approach for Advancing Research to Improve Youth Mental Health and Reduce Disparities. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2024 May; 63(5):490-499. PMID: 38272351
  3. Sharma M, Backman A, Vesga-Lopez O, Zayas L, Harris B, Henderson DC, Koenen KC, Williams DR, Borba CPC. Trauma, risk, and resilience: A qualitative study of mental health in post-conflict Liberia. Transcult Psychiatry. 2023 Sep 20; 13634615231191992.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37731360
  4. Ghebrehiwet S, Ogundare T, Owusu M, Harris BL, Ojediran B, Touma M, Durham MP, Hook K, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Building a postgraduate psychiatry training program in Liberia through cross-country collaborations: initiation stages, challenges, and opportunities. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1020723.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37727607; PMCID: PMC10505824; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1020723;
  5. Nguyen KTNH, Stuart JJ, Shah AH, Becene IA, West MG, Berrill J, Gelaye B, Borba CPC, Rich-Edwards JW. Novel Methods for Leveraging Large Cohort Studies for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 May 05; 192(5):821-829. PMID: 36790786; PMCID: PMC10160766; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwad030;
  6. Freitag GF, Salem H, Conroy K, Busto C, Adrian M, Borba CPC, Brandt A, Chu PV, Dantowitz A, Farley AM, Fortuna L, Furr JM, Lejeune J, Miller L, Platt R, Porche M, Read KL, Rivero-Conil S, Hernandez RDS, Shumway P, Sikov J, Spencer A, Syeda H, McLellan LF, Rapee RM, McMakin D, Pincus DB, Comer JS. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) pediatric and parent-proxy short forms for anxiety: Psychometric properties in the Kids FACE FEARS sample. J Anxiety Disord. 2023 Mar; 94:102677.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36773484
  7. Rudolph KA, Stewart M, Borba CPC. "Shelter is Stressing Me Out": Challenges Meeting Health Care Needs of Older Adults in Congregate Shelters. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2023; 34(3):1003-1020.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38015134
  8. Choi J, Juntunen A, Brewer H, Abbas D, Sopper C, Bielick L, Ghebrehiwet S, Flinton K, Sarfaty S, Jacquet GA, Crosby S, Piwowarczyk L, Oleng N, Borba CPC. Evaluating an Interprofessional Trauma-Based Education Course to Advance the Care and Health of Refugees. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Oct; 25(5):1043-1049.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36574112; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-022-01440-7;
  9. Zolli N, Loubeau JK, Sikov J, Baul TD, Hasan S, Rosen K, Buonocore O, Rabin M, Duncan A, Fortuna L, Borba CPC, Silverstein M, Spencer AE. "If he doesn't buy in, it's a waste of time": Perspectives from diverse parents and adolescents on engaging children in ADHD treatment. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2022 Dec 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36534302
  10. Husain JM, Cromartie D, Fitzelle-Jones E, Brochier A, Borba CPC, Montalvo C. A qualitative analysis of barriers to opioid agonist treatment for racial/ethnic minoritized populations. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2023 Jan; 144:108918.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36403456
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2017 Boston University Medical Campus Emerging Leaders Program
2010 Partners Healthcare, Inc.: Excellence Award
2005 NIMH: New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Investigator Award
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