Research Overview

Dr. Garcia has an interest in mental health and illness in the medically ill population with a focus in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).  Dr. Garcia has worked on mechanisms for improving mental health care for this population by completing quality improvement projects on patients with CF on mental health screening, health care utilization, and health related outcomes in patients with comorbid depression.  Additionally, she has written about Vitamin D and its potential impact on depression and health related outcomes in patients with CF.  As a mental health provider in a collaborative care model she would like to improve collaboration, consultation, and coordination of mental healthcare for patients using and expanding on evidence based interventions for patients with CF.

About the Researcher

Dr. Garcia received her Bachelors in Arts and Science from Dartmouth College and medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine.  She completed her residency at Tufts- New England Medical Center and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital.  After finishing her fellowship she did outpatient psychopharmacology at Martha Eliot Health Center, Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center, and in private practice.  Dr. Garcia is on the Psychiatry Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital with a sub-specialization in CF.

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Mental Health Screening
  • Cystic Fibrosis

Research Departments


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  1. Garcia G, Snell C, Sawicki G, Simons LE. Mental Health Screening of Medically-Admitted Patients With Cystic Fibrosis. Psychosomatics. 2018 Mar - Apr; 59(2):158-168. View abstract
  2. Gangopadhyay M, Smith H, Pao M, Silver G, Deepmala D, De Souza C, Garcia G, Giles L, Denton D, Jacobowski N, Pandharipande P, Fuchs C. Development of the Vanderbilt Assessment for Delirium in Infants and Children to Standardize Pediatric Delirium Assessment By Psychiatrists. Psychosomatics. 2017 Jul - Aug; 58(4):355-363. View abstract
  3. Garcia G, Oliva M, Smith BA. Survey of collaborative mental health providers in cystic fibrosis centers in the United States. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2015 May-Jun; 37(3):240-4. View abstract
  4. Snell C, Fernandes S, Bujoreanu IS, Garcia G. Depression, illness severity, and healthcare utilization in cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Dec; 49(12):1177-81. View abstract
  5. Maneta E, Garcia G. Psychiatric manifestations of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis: neurobiological underpinnings and differential diagnostic implications. Psychosomatics. 2014 Jan-Feb; 55(1):37-44. View abstract
  6. Smith BA, Cogswell A, Garcia G. Vitamin D and depressive symptoms in children with cystic fibrosis. Psychosomatics. 2014 Jan-Feb; 55(1):76-81. View abstract
  7. Kitts RL, Gallagher K, Ibeziako P, Bujoreanu S, Garcia G, Demaso DR. Parent and young adult satisfaction with psychiatry consultation services in a children's hospital. Psychosomatics. 2013 Nov-Dec; 54(6):575-84. View abstract
  8. Garcia G, Logan GE, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. Management of psychotropic medication side effects in children and adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2012 Oct; 21(4):713-38. View abstract