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Karen L Fortuna, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


PhD in Social Welfare Licensed Independent Social Worker

Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 401
Concord NH 03301

Email: Karen.L.Fortuna@Dartmouth.edu

Grant Information

K01 Early Career Investigator Award July 2019-July 2023
Title: Peer-Delivered and Technology-Supported Illness Self-Management
Objectives: This award includes a 4-year plan to become an independent investigator to pursue a research career developing and testing novel approaches to peer-delivered evidence-based self-management interventions for adults with serious mental illness.
Role: Principal Investigator

Pragmatic Clinical Trial Bartels & Pratt (Co-PIs)
May 2019-May 2024
Title: Integrated Physical and Mental Health Self-management Compared to Chronic Disease Self-management
Objective: Comparative effectiveness randomized control trial comparing Integrated Illness Management and Recovery in comparison to Chronic Disease Self-Management Program with 600 people with serious mental illness.
Role: Co-Investigator


Dr. Karen L. Fortuna is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College. Through the Collaborative Design for Recovery and Health, Dr. Fortuna works in equal partnership with patient partners in co-producing and empirically testing digital peer support technologies and trainings. Dr. Fortuna has over 85 peer-reviewed publications co-produced with patient partners. Dr. Fortuna serves on the American Psychiatric Association’s Expert Advisory panel on Smartphone App Development and co-Chairs PCORI's Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement. She serves as editor of the Journal of Participatory Medicine and the Shared Wisdom feature in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatric.

Mentoring Information

Please contact Dr. Fortuna regarding mentorship activities.

Selected Publications


  • Fortuna KL, Storm M, Naslund JA, Chow P, Aschbrenner KA, Lohman MC, Bartels SJ. Certified Peer Specialists and Older Adults With Serious Mental Illness' Perspectives of the Impact of a Peer-Delivered and Technology-Supported Self-Management Intervention. J Nerv Ment Dis. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna KL, Aschbrenner KA, Lohman MC, Brooks J, Salzer M, Walker R, St George L, Bartels SJ. Smartphone Ownership, Use, and Willingness to Use Smartphones to Provide Peer-Delivered Services: Results from a National Online Survey. Psychiatr Q. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna KL, Naslund JA, Aschbrenner KA, Lohman MC, Storm M, Batsis JA, Bartels SJ. Text message exchanges between older adults with serious mental illness and older certified peer specialists in a smartphone-supported self-management intervention. Psychiatr Rehabil J. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna KL Community-engaged research: A starter pack for scientists. Nature

  • Bartels SJ, DiMilia PR, Fortuna KL, Naslund JA. Integrated Care for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness and Medical Comorbidity: Evidence-Based Models and Future Research Directions. Psychiatr Clin North Am. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna KL, Lohman MC, Batsis JA, DiNapoli EA, DiMilia PR, Bruce ML, Bartels SJ. Patient experience with healthcare services among older adults with serious mental illness compared to the general older population. Int J Psychiatry Med. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna KL, DiMilia PR, Lohman MC, Bruce ML, Zubritsky CD, Halaby MR, Walker RM, Brooks JM, Bartels SJ. Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Effectiveness of a Peer-Delivered and Technology Supported Self-Management Intervention for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatr Q. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna KL, Lohman MC, Bruce ML, Bartels SJ. Utility of functioning measures in the prediction of independent living status in older adults with serious mental illness. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. (view details in PubMed)

  • Fortuna K, Barr P, Goldstein C, Walker R, Brewer L, Zagaria A, Bartels S Application of Community-Engaged Research to inform the Development and Implementation of a Peer-delivered Mobile Health Intervention for Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Journal of Participatory Medicine

  • Brooks JM, Umucu E, Huck GE, Fortuna K, Sánchez J, Chiu C, Bartels SJ. Adapting a Psychosocial Intervention for Smartphone Delivery to Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Fortuna KL, Lohman MC, Gill LE, Bruce ML, Bartels SJ. (view details in PubMed)