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Karen L Fortuna, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry



Contact Information:

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


Grant Information:

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

NARSAD Early Career Investigator September 2017- September 2019
Brain and Behavior Foundation
Title: Reducing Early Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness
Objectives: This award will support the development and testing of a peer-delivered integrated medical and psychiatric self-management intervention for adults with serious mental illness and chronic health conditions. Exploratory outcomes include reduction in early mortality risk factors.
Role: PI


Karen L. Fortuna, Ph.D., M.S.W. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She holds a doctorate in Social Welfare and a master’s degree in Social Work. Dr. Fortuna completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centers for Health and Aging and has recently joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. Her primary research interest is service delivery strategies for adults with serious mental illnesses and chronic health conditions. Dr. Fortuna is currently engaging in highly innovative research on the interface of medical and psychiatric self-management and the use of technology with peer specialists. Dr. Fortuna was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Foundation for her work with peer specialists. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on peer-delivered mHealth services with adults with SMI.

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, Storm M, Aschbrenner KA, Bartels SJ. Integration of Peer Philosophy into a Standardized Self-Management Mobile Health Intervention. Psychiatr Q. (view details in PubMed)

  • 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)