Ladson Hinton, M.D., B.A.


  • Professor and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Director, Latino Aging Research Resource Center (UC Davis RCMAR)
  • Director, Education Core, Alzheimer's Disease Center


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Clinical Interests

Dr. Hinton's clinical interests are in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Research/Academic Interests

Ladson Hinton, M.D. is a geriatric psychiatrist, clinical and services researcher, and social scientist. Over the past two decades, he has conducted interdisciplinary research to better understand the cultural and social dimensions of late life depression and dementia-related illness and caregiving experience among older adults and their families. He has applied this knowledge to develop innovative and culturally-appropriate intervention approaches to overcome gaps and disparities in healthcare. Dr. Hinton has received national recognition for his expertise on the cultural aspects of geriatric mental health and family caregiving and has received multiple awards from NIH as principal investigator. He is currently the principal investigator for an NIMH study entitled "A family-based primary care intervention to enhance older men’s depression care” and is Co-Directing a project (CARE-Partners) to develop and implement innovative new community and family-centered models of care for depression in older adults through a grant from the California-based Archstone Foundation.

Dr. Hinton directs the Latino Aging Research Resource Center (, one of seven national Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by NIA and also directs the Education Core for the NIA funded UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He chairs the Distinguished Scholars Advisory Board for the USC Roybal Institute on Aging and is an Associate of the Harvard Asia Center where he is engaged in a collaborative global health project to develop new models for eldercare in Asia. He was a Contributor to the DSM-5 Gender and Cross- Cultural Work Group and is co-editor of a forthcoming book entitled Cultural Formulation Interview Handbook (American Psychiatric Press, Inc.). He is currently serving on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.


General Psychiatry


M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans LA 1985

B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1981

Internship: Psychiatry, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1985-1986


Psychiatry; Langly Porter Psychiatric Institute, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1986-1989


NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinically Relevant Medical Anthropology, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1991-1993

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1989-1991

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1992

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Geriatric Psychiatry, 2016

Professional Memberships

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry

American Psychiatric Association

Gerontological Society of America

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry - Cultural Subcommittee

Massachusetts Psychiatric Association

Northern California Psychiatric Association

Honors and Awards

Dean�s Award for Diversity and Inclusion, Excellence in Research, 2016

Member, Institute of Medicine Ad Hoc Committee on Caregiving for Older Adults & One of four Committee Members selected to participate in Capitol Hill briefings and webinars for funders and for the general public on the report (September 2016) 2014, 2015, 2016

Chair, Distinguished Scholars Advisory Board USC Edward Roybal Institute on Aging, 2013

Interdisciplinary Achievement Award, 1989

Select Recent Publications

Lewis-Fernandez R, Agarwal N, Hinton L, Hinton D, Kirmayer L (Eds). Handbook on the Cultural Formulation Interview. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2016.

Filshtein T, Beckett LA, Godwin H, Hinton L, Xiong GL. Incident Antipsychotic  Use in a Diverse Population with Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Sep;64(9):e44-6.

Boise L, Hinton L, Rosen HJ, Ruhl M. Will My Soul Go to Heaven If They Take My Brain? Beliefs and Worries About Brain Donation Among Four Ethnic Groups. Gerontologist. 2016 Mar 2.

Meyer OL, Nguyen KH, Dao TN, Vu P, Arean P, Hinton L. The Sociocultural Context of Caregiving Experiences for Vietnamese Dementia Family Caregivers. Asian Am J Psychol. 2015 Sep;6(3):263-272.

Hinton L. Michael Horne (1944 - 2016). J Anal Psychol. 2016 Sep;61(4):550-2.

Xiong GL, Filshtein T, Beckett LA, Hinton L. Antipsychotic Use in a Diverse Population With Dementia: A Retrospective Review of the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Database. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2015 Fall;27(4):326-32.

Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Unutzer J, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Johnson MD, Tran C, Guarnaccia P, Hinton L. Idioms of Distress Among Depressed White-Non-Mexican and Mexican-Origin Older Men. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2015 Sep;30(3):305-18.

Chan S, Torous J, Hinton L, Yellowlees P. Towards a Framework for Evaluating Mobile Mental Health Apps. Telemed J E Health. 2015 Dec;21(12):1038-41.

Fernandez y Garcia E, Joseph J, Wilson MD, Hinton L, Simon G, Ludman E, Scott  F, Kravitz RL. Pediatric-based intervention to motivate mothers to seek follow-up for depression screens: The Motivating Our Mothers (MOM) trial. Acad Pediatr. 2015 May-Jun;15(3):311-8.

Hinton L, Aggarwal N, Iosif AM, Weiss M, Paralikar V, Deshpande S, Jadhav S, Ndetei D, Nicasio A, Boiler M, Lam P, Avelar Y, Lewis-Fernández R. Perspectives of family members participating in cultural assessment of psychiatric disorders:  findings from the DSM-5 International Field Trial. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015 Feb;27(1):3-10.

Hoeft TJ, Hinton L, Liu J, Unützer J. Directions for Effectiveness Research to Improve Health Services for Late-Life Depression in the United States. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Jan;24(1):18-30.

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