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

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

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.

2017 Boston University Medical Campus Emerging Leaders Program
2010 Partners Healthcare, Inc.: Excellence Award
2005 NIMH: New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Investigator Award

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

Pre-Notification Account Boston Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
02/15/2021 - 02/14/2023 (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. Chiliza J, Laing R, Feeley FG, Borba CPC. Program sustainability post PEPFAR direct service support in the Western Cape, South Africa. PLoS One. 2021; 16(5):e0251230. PMID: 34029323
  2. Gummadi NH, D'Amico M, Chandra P, Krumholz JO, Mumber HE, Hoyo L, Miller M, Borba CP, Wachman EM. Impact of cuddler service-learning program in medical student education of opioid use disorder in pregnancy and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. Subst Abus. 2021 Apr 02; 1-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33797332
  3. Misra S, Gelaye B, Williams DR, Koenen KC, Borba CPC, Quattrone D, Di Forti M, Tripoli G, La Cascia C, La Barbera D, Ferraro L, Tarricone I, Berardi D, Lasalvia A, Tosato S, Szöke A, Llorca PM, Arango C, Tortelli A, de Haan L, Velthorst E, Bobes J, Bernardo M, Sanjuán J, Santos JL, Arrojo M, Del-Ben CM, Menezes PR, Selten JP, Jones PB, Jongsma HE, Kirkbride JB, Rutten BPF, van Os J, Murray RM, Gayer-Anderson C, Morgan C. Perceived major experiences of discrimination, ethnic group, and risk of psychosis in a six-country case-control study. Psychol Med. 2021 Mar 02; 1-9. PMID: 33648622
  4. Ogundare T, Onifade PO, Ogundapo ', Ghebrehiwet S, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Relationship between quality of life and social integration among patients with schizophrenia attending a Nigerian tertiary hospital. Qual Life Res. 2021 Jun; 30(6):1665-1674.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33523402
  5. Hook K, Ando K, Ghebrehiwet S, Harris B, Ojediran B, Syeda H, Henderson D, Borba C. Current state of the literature on mental health in Liberia: A systematic review. S Afr J Psychiatr. 2020; 26:1502.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33240551; PMCID: PMC7670006; DOI: 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v26i0.1502;
  6. McGuire CM, Riffenburg K, Malope S, Jack B, Borba CPC. Mixed-methods evaluation of family medicine research training and peer mentorship in Lesotho. Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2020 Oct 19; 12(1):e1-e17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33181879; PMCID: PMC7669944; DOI: 10.4102/phcfm.v12i1.2387;
  7. Carroll HA, Hook K, Perez OFR, Denckla C, Vince CC, Ghebrehiwet S, Ando K, Touma M, Borba CPC, Fricchione GL, Henderson DC. Establishing reliability and validity for mental health screening instruments in resource-constrained settings: Systematic review of the PHQ-9 and key recommendations. Psychiatry Res. 2020 09; 291:113236.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32593853; PMCID: PMC7484202; DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113236;
  8. Misra S, Johnson KA, Parnarouskis LM, Koenen KC, Williams DR, Gelaye B, Borba CPC. How Early Life Adversities Influence Later Life Family Interactions for Individuals with Schizophrenia in Outpatient Treatment: A Qualitative Analysis. Community Ment Health J. 2020 08; 56(6):1188-1200. PMID: 32385585; PMCID: PMC7295262; DOI: 10.1007/s10597-020-00627-2;
  9. Ogundare T, Adebowale TO, Borba CPC, Henderson DC. Correlates of depression and quality of life among patients with epilepsy in Nigeria. Epilepsy Res. 2020 08; 164:106344.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32361406
  10. Barnett BS, Kusunzi V, Magola L, Borba CPC, Udedi M, Kulisewa K, Hosseinipour MC. Risk factors for readmission among a cohort of psychiatric inpatients in Lilongwe, Malawi. Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract. 2020 Mar; 24(1):25-30. PMID: 31799886; PMCID: PMC7085440; DOI: 10.1080/13651501.2019.1699116;
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