Senior Research Associate
Christina Borbely PhD [“borbay”], is senior staff at the Center for Applied Research Solutions, and founder of the consulting firm, RET Partners. She specializes in translating research science into developmentally relevant and culturally competent practice. That is, she strives to support thriving youth in healthy families within safe communities based on connecting evidence of what works to those folks doing the work with people and systems. 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, 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 emotional and behavioral safety and wellness. These professional experiences are a conduit for her passion working with communities to promote equity and health of children and youth. Dr. Borbely brings 20 year of direct experience working within diverse contexts including serving populations, service providers, and community partners in diverse socio-economic areas and geographic regions, as well as in systems of care, foster care, AI tribal reservations and AN native territories, and internationally.