Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H.

Ruth S. Shim, M.D., M.P.H.


  • Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education
  • Director of Cultural Psychiatry
  • Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
  • Professor


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M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta GA

M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta GA

B.S., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA

Internship: Psychiatry, Emory University, Atlanta GA


Psychiatry, Emory University, Atlanta GA


Community Psychiatry, Emory University, Atlanta GA

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,

Professional Memberships

American Association of Community Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association

American Public Health Association

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2017

Member, American College of Psychiatrists, 2015

Select Recent Publications

Jordan A, Shim RS, Rodriguez CI, Bath E, Alves-Bradford JM, Eyler L, Trinh NH, Hansen H, Mangurian C. Psychiatry Diversity Leadership in Academic Medicine: Guidelines for Success. Am J Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 1;178(3):224-228. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20091371. PMID:33641375.

Shim RS, Starks SM. COVID-19, Structural Racism, and Mental Health Inequities: Policy Implications for an Emerging Syndemic. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 Feb 24:appips202000725. doi:10.1176/ Epub ahead of print. PMID:33622042.

Alegría M, Frank RG, Hansen HB, Sharfstein JM, Shim RS, Tierney M. Transforming Mental Health And Addiction Services. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 Feb;40(2):226-234. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2020.01472. Epub 2021 Jan 21. PMID:33476189.

Mensah M, Ogbu-Nwobodo L, Shim RS. Racism and Mental Health Equity: History Repeating Itself. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 Jan 12:appips202000755. doi:10.1176/ Epub ahead of print. PMID:33430652.

How PC, Kho C, Rodríguez R, Shim RS. Immigration as a Social Determinant of Mental Health: Implications for Training and Education in Psychiatry. Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Feb;45(1):93-99. doi:10.1007/s40596-020-01362-2. Epub 2021 Jan 9. PMID:33420700.

Alegria M, Frank RG, Hansen HB, Sharfstein JM, Shim RS, Tierney M. Vital Directions 2.0: Policy Priorities for Transforming Mental Health and Addiction Services in the COVID-19 era. Health Affairs. 2021;40(2):197-203.

Shim RS, Vinson SY, Editors. Social (In)Justice and Mental Health. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-1615373383, 2021.

Shim RS. Dismantling Structural Racism in Academic Medicine: A Skeptical Optimism. Acad Med. 2020 Dec;95(12):1793-1795. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003726. PMID:32909993.

Shim RS. Mental Health Inequities in the Context of COVID-19. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Sep 1;3(9):e2020104. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.20104. PMID:32876681.

Stewart AJ, Shim RS, Editors. Achieving Mental Health Equity. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2020;43(3):415-582.

Shim RS, Compton MT. Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who? Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Aug 1;69(8):844-846. doi:10.1176/ Epub 2018 Jun 1. PMID:29852822.