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Karen Fortuna, MSW, PhD, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth College. Her research combines community engagement and user-centered design to design and empirically test digital peer support technologies and trainings for people with mental health and physical health conditions. Her digital peer support trainings span across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Fortuna was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator award and the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Award in Patient Reported Outcomes from the Health Assessment Lab, and she was recently awarded the National Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work's Faculty Achievement Award. She is currently working on her NIMH K01 award to examine a digital peer support intervention called PeerTECH, which is designed to address early mortality in people with a diagnosis of a serious mental illness.

Fortuna serves on the American Psychiatric Association's Expert Advisory Panel for Selecting Smartphone Applications and PCORI's Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement. She also serves as editor of the Journal of Participatory Medicine.

Involvement with PCORI

Research Awards: Comparing Two Programs for Managing Long-Term Health Problems for People with Lived Experience of Mental Illness - Co-Investigator (Co-I)

PCORI's Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement

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