Resident and Faculty Initiatives

“The UC Davis cultural psychiatry curriculum provided me with unique opportunities to engage in research, clinical, educational, and leadership endeavors in collaboration with patients and faculty from many cultural backgrounds. The program supported my research interest in exploring cultural idioms of distress among Hmong refugees. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to my community through research supported by UC Davis and APA/SAMHSA.” – Pachida Lo, M,D., Class of 2017


Francis Lu, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
Inaugural Luke and Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
Areas of interest: cultural psychiatry, global mental health, mentoring
Andrés Sciolla, M.D.

Associate Professor
UC Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center
Areas of interest: trauma informed care, LGBTQx mental health

Russell Lim, M.D., M.Ed.
Founding Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee
Areas of interest: cultural psychiatry, cultural formulation interview, immigrant mental health

Ruth Shim, M.D.
Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
Associate Professor
Areas of interest: social determinants of mental health, public psychiatry, health care inequities

Shannon Suo, M.D.
Training Director, Family Medicine and Psychiatry Combined Training Program
Co-Chair, Society for Women in Academic Psychiatry
Areas of interest: integrated care, women in academic medicine, cultural psychiatry

Swati Rao, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Instructor of Record, Team PEACE
Areas of interest: Transgender and LGBTQx healthcare, HIV Prep

Hendry Ton, M.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity
Director of Education, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Areas of interest: faculty development, medical student education, cultural psychiatry, social determinants of health, refugee mental health

Alan Koike, M.D.

Training Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Director of Education, Global Mental Health Program
Areas of interest: cultural psychiatry, global mental health, community psychiatry

Poh Choo How, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Areas of interest:  community psychiatry, immigrant mental health, recidivism, psychotherapy

Ladson Hinton, M.D.

Director, Latino Aging Research Resource Center
Director of Research, Global Mental Health Program
Areas of interest: geriatric psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, global mental health

Rachel Robitz, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Assistant Training Director, Family Medicine and Psychiatry Combined Training Program
Areas of interest:  mental and physical health needs of human trafficking survivors, social determinants of health

Faye Dixon, Ph.D.

Director, UC Davis MIND Institute ADHD Clinic
Areas of interest: ADHD

Shim RS, Compton MT. Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who? Psychiatric Services. 2018. [link]

Shim R, Kho C, Murray-García J. Inequities in Mental Health and Mental Health Care: A Review and Future Directions. Psychiatr Ann. 2018. [link]

Rao S, How P, Ton H. Education, Training, and Recruitment of a Diverse Workforce in Psychiatry. Psychiatr Ann. 2018. [link]

Robitz R, Gajaria A, Stoklosa H, Jones E, Baldwin S. A Young Transgender Woman with Fatigue, Malnutrition, and a Previous Suicide Attempt. Psychiatr Ann. 2018. [link]

Perales J, Hinton L, Burns J, Vidoni ED. Cardiovascular health and cognitive function among Mexican older adults: cross-sectional results from the WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. Int Psychogeriatr. 2018. [link].

How PC, Lo P, Westervelt M, Ton H., “Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health” in Volpp SY, and Tse J, Eds., A Case-Based Approach to Public Psychiatry, (pp. 179-186). New York: Oxford University Press. [link]

Harawa NT, Manson SM, Mangione CM, Penner LA, Norris KC, DeCarli C, Scarinci IC, Zissimopoulos J, Buchwald DS, Hinton L, Pérez-Stable EJ. Strategies for enhancing research in aging health disparities by mentoring diverse investigators. J Clin Transl Sci. 2017. [link]

Meyer OL, Liu X, Nguyen TN, Hinton L, Tancredi D. Psychological Distress of Ethnically Diverse Adult Caregivers in the California Health Interview Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017. [link].

Shim RS, Compton MT, Zhang S, Roberts K, Rust G, Druss BG. Predictors of Mental Health Treatment Seeking and Engagement in a Community Mental Health Center. Community Ment Health J. 2017. [link]

Sciolla AF. Screening for Childhood Adversities in Prenatal Care: What Works and Why. J Womens Health. 2018. [link]

Goldstein E, Murray-García J, Sciolla AF, Topitzes J. Medical Students' Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care Training. Perm J. 2018. [link]

Sciolla AF, Eckstrand K, Potter J. Integrating Trauma-Related Curricular Content Into Medical Education and Training. Acad Med. 2016. [link]

Mills S, Xiao AQ, Wolitzky-Taylor K, Lim R, Lu FG. Training on the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview improves cultural competence in general psychiatry residents: A pilot study. Transcult Psychiatry. 2017. [link]