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About Dr. Nicole

Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite

Dr Nicole is a board certified Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I have significant clinical experience with adults, children, adolescents, transitional and college aged youth.
Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD is a board certified Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She has significant clinical experience with adults, children, adolescents, transitional and college aged youth. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she joined the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and then completed fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts General/Mclean Hospital. She was the former Medical Director at Riverside Community Care – a large community mental health clinic.

Her clinical interests and expertise revolve around delivery of mental health care to seriously ill children, adolescents, adults and families both locally and globally. She has traveled extensively and conducted research in Liberia and Ghana, West Africa.

Dr. Christian-Brathwaite has significant experience in working with and treating individuals from diverse backgrounds. She has devoted a substantial amount of her medical career to educating the medical and lay community about disparities in mental health, creating cultural formulations and confronting biases. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite has written about and provides training on Implicit Bias in medicine and behavioral health care. She specializes in working with educators and schools to reduce stigma, decrease expulsion and suspension rates and improve the overall education of children with mental health needs in school systems. She regularly provides radio interviews and speaks to the community about mental health and wellness, particularly in African American communities. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is a member of the Advisory Board for the Post Partum Depression Commission of Massachusetts. Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite is a member of the Board of Directors for Families for Depression Awareness and servers as Clinical Consultant to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Lesley University, William James College, Massachusetts School Administrators Association and numerous other public and private schools and universities.

From 2010-2012 Dr. Christian-Brathwaite was a selected to participate in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program. She used the SAMHSA grant to explore the practices of Traditional Healers in Liberia. Her goal was to gain a better understanding of the ideas that Liberians have about mental illness, investigate the treatment options available given the lack of formal psychiatric care and to explore the methods and techniques used by traditional healers who deliver this treatment.

She has held numerous leadership positions in the fields of Multicultural Affairs and Disparities work. She was the co-chair of the Disparities Committee at MGH. From 2009-2014, She sat on the MGH Psychiatry Diversity Committee. As a psychiatry resident, Dr. Christian-Brathwaite created a 6-week disparities curriculum for second year residents rotating in Community Psychiatry. She also co-created and led a “Diversity Dialogue” and training for all MGH psychiatry residents. This training was later adapted and utilized in different departments throughout the hospital. From 2011-2015, she held various leadership roles within the Organization of Minority Residents and Fellows, including Co-Chair of the organization for two consecutive years. In 2009 she wrote the Cultural Psychiatry chapter in the MGH/Mclean Hospital Residency Handbook of Psychiatry.

Dr. Christian-Brathwaite continues to endeavor to provide excellent clinical care and teaching, while also committing a significant amount of time to serving the community at large. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is frequently asked to give talks in the community, on the radio and at conferences about resiliency, stress management, preventive mental healthcare, and mental illness.

Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite
Adult, Child & Adolecent Psychiatrist



2019 Inspiration Award Honorees | AMA
Presented by the AMA Women Physicians Section 2019 Inspiration Award Honorees (

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) Inspiration Award (formerly the Inspirational Physicians Recognition Program) honors and acknowledges physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support throughout the professional careers of fellow physicians, residents and students.



Recent Publications:

Q & A with a Psychiatrist #4 : Article on Bullying - January 2, 2020


Implicit Bias Q&A with Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite
Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD, Medical Director at Riverside Community Care, recently had her article “Implicit Bias: What every pediatrician should know about the effect of bias on health and future directions” published in the journal, Pediatric and Adolescent Healthcare. In this Q&A, Dr. Christian-Brathwaite discusses her paper and the role implicit bias might have in one’s treatment.


Jeanette Schnierle, Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, Margee Louisias. Implicit Bias: What every pediatrician should know about the effect of bias on health and future directions. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 2019; 000:1-11


Augusta R. Herman, Samuel J. Pullen, Brittany C. L. Lange, Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, Melissa Ulloa, Michael Kempeh, Dyujay Karnga, Dorothy Johnson, Benjamin Harris, David C. Henderson & Christina P. C. Borba (2018) Closing the mental health treatment gap through the collaboration of traditional and Western medicine in Liberia, International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, DOI