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

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


  • Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
  • Director of Cultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Ruth S. Shim is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).




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, 2008

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

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 Feb 1.

McGregor B, Mack D, Wrenn G, Shim RS, Holden KB, Satcher D. Improving Service Coordination and Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Adoption of Electronic Health Records. Psychiatric Services. 2015; 66(9): 985-987.

Compton MT, Shim RS. The Social Determinants of Mental Health. Focus: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry. 2015;13(4):419-425.

Shim RS, Lally C, Farley R, Ingoglia C, Druss BG. Medical Care Services in Community Mental Health Centers: A National Survey of Psychiatrists. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2015; 42(3):395-400.

Shim RS, Lally C, Farley R, Ingoglia C, Druss BG. Datapoints: Psychiatrists’ Perceptions of Insurance-Related Medication Access Barriers. Psychiatric Services. 2014; 65(11): 1296.

Shim RS, Druss BG, Zhang S, Kim G, Oderinde A, Shoyinka S, Rust G. Emergency Department Utilization Among Medicaid Beneficiaries with Schizophrenia and Diabetes: The Consequences of Increasing Medical Complexity. Schizophrenia Research. 2014; 152(2-3): 490-7.

Shim RS, Rust G. Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Public Health: Partners in Reducing Mental Health Stigma. American Journal of Public Health. 2013; 103(5): 774-6.

Shim RS, Baltrus P, Bradford LD, Holden KB, Fresh E, Fuller LE.  Characterizing Depression and Co-Morbid Medical Conditions in African American Women in a Primary Care Setting. The Journal of the National Medical Association. 2013;105(2): 183-91. 

Shim RS, Baltrus P, Ye J, Rust G. Prevalence, Treatment, and Control of Depressive Symptoms in the United States: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005 – 2008. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2011; 24(1): 33-8.

Shim RS, Compton MT, Rust G, Druss BG, Kaslow NJ.:  Race-Ethnicity as a Predictor of Attitudes Toward Mental Health Treatment-Seeking. Psychiatric Services. 2009; 60(10): 1336-41.