Running for Team Kids for NYC Marathon 2016

I’ve decided to run the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with Team for Kids and I am asking for your support of their inspiring mission. Team for Kids is a team of adult runners who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners Youth Programs. These programs combat childhood obesity and empower youth development via running and character-building programs across the country.IMG_7607

Making a donation is easy! You can click on this Donate Link to get to my secure fundraising site. You can also find information there about where to write a check, or how to get your company to match your gift! All contributions are tax-deductible.

Your giving helps New York Road Runners Youth Programs to:

  • Serve more than 200,000 students locally and nationally through free NYRR youth running programs, events, and resources, including more than 120,000 in New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Reach children of all fitness levels and athleticism, with a heightened focus on reaching out-of-shape and overweight kids with little or no athletic experience.
  • Prevent overweight or obese children from eventually suffering heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses that lead to health-care costs in excess of $100 billion annually.

Whether you are a runner, have worked with children, or have kids yourself, I hope you will join me to further this great cause! You can link to my page here.

See you at the finish line!

Addictions to Rx pain medication in teens: What parents need to know and what they can do

From Dr. Fortuna’s regular blog on from May 19, 2016: “Narcotic painkiller addiction is currently diagnosed in teenagers…which brings the risk of cross-addiction to heroin. More on prevention programs and what parents can do here.”

Dr. Fortuna’s Presidential Symposium at the 2016 American Psychiatrict Association Meeting


Dr. Lisa Fortuna was Chair of the invited Presidential Symposium, “Translating the Evidence for the Next Generation: Addressing the Mental Health of Youth and Emerging Adults of Color,” at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Atlanta, GA, May 15, 2016. The interdisciplinary panel included Dr. Margarita Alegria and Dr. Kiara Alvarez from the Research Disparities Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as well as Dr. Michelle Porche and doctoral student Sarah Anais Mejia from Boston University Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development program at the School of Education. The panelists reported on clinical and epidemiological research on trauma, mental health, substance abuse, educational outcomes, and clinical practice. AmericanPsychiatricAssociationAtlanta_051516_0025

In addition to synthesizing contributions of the panelists, Dr. Fortuna presented her research on immigrant youth and emerging adults, highlighting evidence-based treatment approaches including those described in her new manual, “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescent PTSD and Addictions” co-authored with Zayda Vallejo.

Prescription opioid addiction, mental health illness and treatment for teens

From Dr. Fortuna’s regular blog on from February 8, 2016: “A featured article from Dr. Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, MPH, expert on teen addiction who helps outline mental health issues for parents. Here, she considers the research on the social and neuro-developmental factors related to teen substance use disorders and mental health, and translates that into everyday language and practical recommendations.”