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Cristina Cusin, MD

  • - Instructor in Psychiatry
  • - Staff Psychiatrist at the Depression Clinical and Research Program


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Dr. Cusin's focus is Treatment Resistant Depression, she is involved in research trials on pharmacologic treatment for TRD, & is on the ECT team. She is part of the pivotal trial investigating Deep Brain Stimulation for the most treatment-refractory



Clinical Interests
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Mechanisms of placebo response
  • Genetics of mood disorders
  • Treatment-resistant depression
Medical Education
  • MD, Universita Di Milano
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, Universita degli Studi di Milano
  • Fellowship, Universita Vita Salute San Raffaele
Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
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Dr. Cusin went to Medical School at the Universita degli Studi, in Milan, Italy, where she also completed a residency in Psychiatry.

Dr. Cusin was working as Psychiatrist in an inpatient unit and involved in research when in 2004 she decided to come to the U.S. for a Research Fellowship at Mass. General Hospital.

She decided to pursue further training in the U.S. and after completing the Adult Psychiatry Residency at MGH/McLean she joined the staff of the Depression Clinical & Research Program (DCRP), under the mentorship of Dr Maurizio Fava.

She is Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Cusin has an outpatient clinic at the DCRP and often performs consultations for patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression.She is one of the clinicians in the ECT team at MGH and she is the primary investigator involved in research studies on ketamine in treatment-resistant mood disorders at MGH. 

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Cusin's field of interest is Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). 

At the Depression Clinical & Research Program (DCRP), she is involved in numerous clinical trials, sponsored by NIMH and foundations, investigating new pharmacologic treatments for Major Depression and TRD, including intravenous administration of ketamine and scopolamine

She is one of the programmers in the pivotal trial for Deep Brain Stimulation for MDD sponsored by Medtronic, for patients affected by extremely treatment-refractory depression.

Dr. Cusin is also developing two original projects aiming at detecting possible neurobiological mechanisms of placebo response in antidepressant clinical trials.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Depression Clinical and Research Program
One Bowdoin Square
6th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2790
Phone: 617-726-6421
Fax: 617-724-3028

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