Ruth Shim

Ruth S. Shim, MD, MPH, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in October 2018, effective January 2019.

Shim is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and director of cultural psychiatry and professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, Davis. Prior to these appointments, she was the vice chair of education and faculty development, and chief of outpatient psychiatric services at Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Northwell Health.

From 2008 to 2014, she held several positions at Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, including associate professor of clinical psychiatry and medical director of the Grady Hospital Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Intake Clinic. At the Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care, she was the associate director of behavioral health.

Shim has received numerous honors and awards, including the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; and Teacher of the Year, Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, she is co-editor of the book, The Social Determinants of Mental Health.

Shim serves on the boards of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.

She received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine; her MPH in health policy from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; and her BS in psychology from the College of William & Mary.

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