Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH

John P. Lambert, M.D. Professor of Medical Psychology (in Child Psychiatry)


Dr. Cristiane Duarte is the John P. Lambert, M.D. Professor of Medical Psychology (in Child Psychiatry) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University – New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also a Research Scientist at the New York State Office of Mental Health. Dr. Duarte’s research is based on innovative population-based studies about the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. Through the use state-of-the art sampling, recruitment, and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies, she has sought to generate knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved and understudied populations. Currently, she is a leader of the Boricua Youth Study, the only multi-national source of information about how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latino subgroup (Puerto Ricans).

Dr. Duarte's work has received support from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the US National Institute of Health (NIDA, NIMH, NIAAA and NICHD). She is also a key member in several international collaborations in global mental health focused on how to improve child mental health services and implement interventions in low-resource settings. She has published several articles in psychiatric, psychological, public health, and pediatric journals.