BSOS-VPR Joint Seminar: "NIMH Priorities for Reducing Mental Health Disparities"

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
11:00 a.m.
1211 Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union

Speaker: Christina Borba (NIMH)

Overview: Dr. Borba will share an overview of her office's priorities to reduce mental health disparities, promote equity, and to further efforts to diversify the mental health research and substance use workforce. She will also discuss opportunities relevant to current interdisciplinary research on mental health. The session will be open for Q&A with attendees.

Bio: In her role as Director of the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity at NIMH, Dr. Borba leads the development and implementation of scientific policies and research initiatives aimed at reducing mental health disparities and advancing equity in mental health interventions, services, and outcomes. Her work also focuses on increasing workforce diversity and scientific attention to mental health disparities experienced by women and people living in rural areas.

Dr. Borba's career spans more than 20 years and includes experience informing and developing evidence-based interventions to mitigate disparities in mental health among marginalized populations. Her most recent research focused on psychotic disorders and cultural psychiatry in low-resourced settings in the United States and abroad, women’s mental health, and gender differences in care. As an example of her research, Dr. Borba led a NIMH grant-funded project examining sociocultural aspects of schizophrenia in Ethiopia to understand why the disease prevalence ratio is 5:1 male to female.

Dr. Borba received her doctorate in public health from Emory University and her master’s degree in public health from Boston University. In her previous position, she served as the vice-chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and director of the BMC Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities. The center seeks to improve the mental health of diverse global communities, both locally in the greater Boston area and internationally, through coordinated clinical, research, and training initiatives. Dr. Borba also served as an associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.

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