Christina Luberto, PhD

Photo of Dr. Christina Luberto
Term Lecturer
(617) 726-9131
Office Location: 
100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

Christina Luberto, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (MGH/HMS) and a term lecturer in the Mind Body Health and Healing Certificate program within the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Luberto earned her PhD at the University of Cincinnati and completed her clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine and a research fellowship in Integrative Medicine (NCCIH T32) at MGH/HMS. Her research and clinical work focus on integrating meditation training with cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat emotional and behavioral problems, and increase pro-social outcomes, particularly among people with chronic medical conditions. She is especially interested in electronic health approaches to delivering mindfulness interventions.

Her current primary research project (NCCIH K23 award) explores the feasibility of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy delivered via group videoconferencing for patients with depression and cardiovascular disease. Additional research projects include electronic health mindfulness interventions to target perinatal anxiety, cigarette smoking among lung cancer patients, and resiliency outcomes among health professionals students. Her clinical work involves delivering mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions for patients with co-occurring emotional and medical problems. She is thrilled to serve as a co-instructor for the online course, “Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers,” as part of the MGH Institute's interprofessional Mind Body Health and Healing Certificate program.

Research Interests

Dr. Luberto has received funding from the NIH/NCCIH over the past several years to conduct research on mindfulness-based interventions for people with emotional and medical problems.


BA, Psychology with minors in Biology and Sociology, Summaa Cum Laude, SUNY Albany, Albany, NY 
MA, Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Health Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
PhD,   Clinical Psychology (APA-Approved Program), emphasis in Health Psychology, Dissertation: An Experimental Test of the Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Exercise on Distress Tolerance among Adult Cigarette Smokers, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Clinical Psychology Internship, MGH/HMS, Boston, MA -
Integrative Medicine Fellowship, MGH/HMS, Boston, MA


Representative publications include:

Luberto, C. M., Hall, D. L., Chad-Friedman, E., & Park, E. R. (in press). Theoretical rationale and case illustration of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for fear of cancer recurrence. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Advance online publication.

Luberto, C. M., & McLeish, A. C. (2018). The effects of a brief mindfulness exercise on state mindfulness and affective outcomes among adult daily smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 77C, 73-80.

Luberto, C. M., Shinday, N., Song, R., Philpotts, L. L., Park, E. R., Fricchione, G. L., & Yeh, G. Y. (in press). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of meditation on empathy, compassion, and pro-social behaviors. Mindfulness, doi: 10.1007/s12671-017-0841-8

Luberto, C. M., Park, E. R., & Goodman, J. H. (2018). Postpartum outcomes and formal mindfulness practice in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for perinatal women. Mindfulness, 9, 850-859. 

Luberto, C. M., Wasson, R. S., Kraemer, K. M., Sears, R. W., Hueber, C., & Cotton, S. (2017). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of a 4-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy protocol for hospital employees. Mindfulness, 8, 1522-1531.

See CV.

Curriculum Vitae