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Dr. Christina Borbely

Center for Applied Research Solutions
Senior Staff
Christina Borbely PhD [“borbay”], is a developmental psychologist (Columbia University, 2004) in Aptos, CA. She is a senior staff at the Center for Applied Research Solutions, and leads her own consulting firm specialized in translating research science into developmentally relevant and culturally competent practices. She strives to support thriving youth in healthy families within safe communities based on connecting evidence of what works to the people and systems serving them (e.g., teachers, social workers, administrators, or volunteers).  Her work provides direct training and expertise to public and private sector agencies, and administrations, as well as disseminates curricula, research resources, and reports to the field. With an emphasis on real world application of behavioral and mental health sciences, Dr. Borbely is a committed partner on a spectrum of projects. She is currently the Project Director for SAMHSA’s Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Her prior roles include leadership of state and federal infrastructure and policy initiatives, such as SAMHSA’s mental health and violence prevention initiatives (Project AWARE, Healthy Transitions, and ReCAST), USDE’s Safe Schools Healthy Students, and California’s Safe and Drug Free Schools, and Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service. Through California Department of Education and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, she developed and advised on multi-tiered systems of cross-sector supports to raise awareness and accountability for promoting mental, emotional, and behavioral safety and wellness. These professional experiences are a conduit for her passion working with communities to promote the wellbeing of children and youth. She is the Co-Chair of Santa Cruz County’s Community Prevention Partnership.