Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, FAPA
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

MD, Louisiana State University
MPH, Emory University
BS, Louisiana State University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, FAPA, DFAACAP is the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine (BUSM)/Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is a board certified physician specializing in pediatric and adult psychiatry with additional board certification in addiction medicine. Her public health and clinical roles have always been in marginalized communities. She is dedicated to health equity and advocacy for equitable mental health treatment globally and locally. Dr. Durham practices clinically at Boston Medical Center (BMC), the Associate Director for the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine (BUSM)/BMC Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at BUSM.

Dr. Durham’s public health and clinical roles have always been in marginalized communities. She is dedicated to health equity and advocacy for equitable mental health treatment globally and locally. Her research focuses on workforce development that reflects groups historically excluded from medicine, training and education for both the pediatric workforce and mental health professionals. She is the Director of Clinical Training for the BMC Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health in Urban Pediatrics (TEAM UP) grant funded Initiative to bring mental health care into the pediatric primary care setting in federally qualified community health centers. Through the TEAM UP initiative she developed an e-course for the pediatric care team to build foundational skills in working with children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns. She is the PI for two federally funded HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grants: Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Office Rounds and the Achieving Culturally Competent and Equitable Substance use Services (ACCESS) Training Program.

She received her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, completed her residency training at BMC and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut where she was also elected Chief Resident. She received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA. Prior to completing her medical education, she worked as the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Durham is the Massachusetts representative to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and member of the APA Council on International Psychiatry and Global Health. She is a member of the Council on Health Promotion and Prevention for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) to improve the standard of care for children and adolescents. For her contributions and dedication to the field of psychiatry, Dr. Durham has been appointed a Fellow of the APA and Distinguished Fellow of AACAP. Dr. Durham’s interests lie in advocacy, mental healthcare integration into the pediatric primary care setting, trauma in young children, health inequities among Black and brown populations and training/education.

Boston STAR
09/30/2021 - 09/29/2026 (PI)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Achieving Culturally Competent and Equitable Substance use S
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
Bureau of Health Workforce/HRSA/DHHS

HRSA Training CED/COR Pediatric and Child Psychiatry_Copy
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau/HRSA/DHHS Health Resources and

TEAM UP for Children E-Course
01/01/2018 - 12/21/2020 (PI)
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation


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  1. Sheldrick RC, Bair-Merritt MH, Durham MP, Rosenberg J, Tamene M, Bonacci C, Daftary G, Tang MH, Sengupta N, Morris A, Feinberg E. Integrating Pediatric Universal Behavioral Health Care at Federally Qualified Health Centers. Pediatrics. 2022 Apr 01; 149(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35347338
  2. Lin MY, Kim J, Sheldrick RC, Bair-Merritt MH, Durham MP, Feinberg E, Cole MB. Five-Year Trends in Pediatric Mental Health Emergency Department Visits in Massachusetts: A Population-Based Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2022 Jul; 246:199-206.e17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35301021; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.03.011;
  3. Brady, K. J. S., Durham, M. P., Francoeur, A., Henneberg, C., Adhia, A., Morley, D., Tamene, M., Singerman, A., Morris, A., Fortuna, L. R., Feinberg, E., & Bair-Merritt, M. Barriers and facilitators to integrating behavioral health services and pediatric primary care. . Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2020. View Publication
  4. Ghebrehiwet S, Harris BL, Ojediran B, Owusu M, Augello LP, Durham MP, Henderson DC, Borba CPC. Using local terminology to measure substance use behaviours among youth in post-conflict Liberia: a mixed methods study. Vulnerable Child Youth Stud. 2021; 16(3):279-291.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35003316; PMCID: PMC8734640; DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2020.1838681;
  5. Senait Ghebrehiwet , Benjamin L. Harris , Babawale Ojediran , Micaela Owusu , Lauren P. Augello , Michelle P. Durham , David C. Henderson & Christina P.C. Borba. Using local terminology to measure substance use behaviors among youth in post-conflict Liberia: a mixed methods study. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2020. View Publication
  6. Grillo AR, Ghebrehiwet S, Johnson KA, Borba Christina PC, Fricchione GL, Sorel E, Durham M, Chiliza B, Motlana M, Henderson DC. The Africa Global Mental Health Institute: Increasing capacity, inclusivity and translation of psychiatric research and care. The Journal of Global Health. Advance online publication. 2019.
  7. Michelle P. Durham. Trauma in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting in Pediatric Mental Health for Primary Care Providers: A Clinician’s Guide. Springer. New York. 2018; 23-32. View Publication
  8. Pullen SJ, Petruzzi L, Lange BC, Parnarouskis L, Dominguez S, Harris B, Quiterio N, Durham MP, Lekpeh G, Manobah B, Slopadoe SP, Diandy VC, Payne AJ, Henderson DC, Borba CP. A Qualitative Analysis of Substance Use among Liberian Youth: Understanding Behaviors, Consequences, and Protective Factors Involving School Youth and the School Milieu. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry. 2016 Feb; 2(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 27158680; PMCID: PMC4857765; DOI: 10.4172/2471-4372.1000116;
  9. Chen JA, Durham MP, Madu A, Trinh N, Fricchione GL, Henderson CD. Culture and Psychiatry in Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry, 7th Edition. Elsevier. Philadelphia. 559-568. View Publication
  10. Bogdanovic N, Durham MP. Zuckerman B, Augustyn M, eds: The Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care. Depression.

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Bar chart showing 8 publications over 5 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2020


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Access and Timely Care Improve for Racially Diverse Children When Federally Qualified Health Centers Integrate Behavioral Health

HealthCity 4/21/2022

New York subway shooting shows Washington is failing to address America’s mental health crisis

CNN 4/15/2022

Senate HELP Committee Discusses Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Policy & News 2/9/2022

HELP, Ways and Means Hold Mental Health Hearings

AAMC 2/4/2022

Senators Pressed on Mental Health Awareness in Schools

MedPage Today 2/2/2022

Senate begins work on bipartisan mental health package

Roll Call 2/1/2022

Boston Medical Center researchers report surge in depression among children of color 5-11 years old

Boston Globe 2/1/2022

What to Expect From Therapy for Depression—and How to Start the Process

SELF 11/17/2021

The Latest on Pfizer's FDA Approval And Back-To-School Covid Anxiety

WBUR 8/23/2021

Navigating Back-to-School Anxiety

WBUR 8/23/2021

Investing in a Diverse Mental Health Workforce Is Critical in This Moment

HealthCity 8/12/2021

Wait Lists For Children's Mental Health Services Ballooned During COVID

WBUR 6/22/2021

More data sought on disparities in mental health care in Mass.

WHDH 6/21/2021

Senate holds hearing on mental health care policy solutions

American Hospital Association 6/15/2021

More 18- to 24-year-olds struggling with mental health compounded with pandemic

WCVB 6/15/2021

As pandemic restrictions draw to a close, a joy and relief tinged with fear

The Boston Globe 5/18/2021

'There Is a Mental Health Crisis,' Pediatric Psychiatrist Warns of Pandemic's Toll

HealthCity 5/18/2021

Community Formed to Sew Masks for Frontline Workers Continues Beyond Pandemic

GBH 4/26/2021

Mass. Psychiatrists Concerned About Increase In Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Among Adolescents

WBUR 3/25/2021

Election Anxiety: Boston Medical Center Psychiatrist offers tips to help you cope

Boston 25 News 10/29/2020

Anxiety Up Thanks To Pandemic And Election

GBH 10/25/2020

Why Michelle Obama opening up about depression is a big deal for Black women

CNN 8/8/2020

Hashtag Medicine: Medical Twitter Confronts Racism Head On

Medscape 6/1/2020

WBUR Town Hall: The Psychological Toll of COVID-19

WBUR 5/28/2020

Businesses May Be Reopening, But That Doesn’t Mean People Are Ready to Go Back

Boston Magazine 5/18/2020

Are Friendships Breaking Up Over Social Distancing?

The New York Times 4/17/2020

Doctors Are Scrambling to Learn ‘Webside Manner’

OneZero 4/7/2020

2021 Massachusetts Psychiatric Society 2021 Outstanding Early Career Psychiatrist
2020 Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2018 AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
2015 Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
2013-2014 Yale Child Study Center: Chief Resident-Solnit
2012 American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award
2011 BU School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society
2011 Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Presidential Award

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