2018 Annual Meeting | Speakers

Loren I. Alving, MD

Loren I. Alving, MD is a Clinical Professor of Neurology, UCSF Fresno, and Director of the UCSF Fresno Alzheimer's & Memory Center. She completed her medical degree at University of California San Diego, CA, and completed an internal medicine internship at Valley Medical Center, Fresno, CA. She completed her residency training in Neurology as well as a Computational Neural Modeling Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Dilip V. Jeste, MD

Dr. Dilip Jeste is Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, and Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego. His main areas of interest are successful psychosocial aging. He is Past President of several organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Jeste is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is Principal Investigator on several research and training grants. He has published 12 books and over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 100 book chapters. Dr. Jeste has received multiple awards and has been in the list of the "world's most cited authors" --comprising fewer than 0.5% of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades.

Francis G. Lu, MD

Francis G. Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis. As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry, psychiatric education especially mentoring and career development, film and psychiatry, and psychiatry/religion/spirituality. Since 1987, he has co-led 34 film seminars at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

In 2008, the American Psychiatric Foundation awarded him one of its Advancing Minority Mental Health Awards and the Association for Academic Psychiatry awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently Secretary of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, on the Board of the World Association for Cultural Psychiatry and a member of the Group for the Advancement Cultural Psychiatry Committee. At the 2016 APA Annual Meeting, President Renee Binder presented him with a Special Presidential Commendation "for extraordinary leadership and outstanding contributions to the field of cultural psychiatry."

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH is holder of the Luke & Grace Kim Professorship in Cultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Cultural Psychiatry at UC Davis.

Dr. Shim received an M.P.H. in health policy from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and an M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine. She is board certified in psychiatry and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, and is chair of the Fellowship Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms through Messaging for the Public. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychiatric Services and American Psychiatric Publishing, and is co-editor of the book, The Social Determinants of Mental Health.

Suanne Shimoyama, MD

Suzanne Shimoyama is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at UC Davis Medical Center, where she also completed her General Psychiatry Residency. Originally from Northridge, California, Suzanne completed medical school at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, Suzanne worked for nearly a decade in television and film including writing for a popular children's television show. She holds a bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Suzanne's professional interests include treatment of trauma in children and adolescents, developmental disabilities, the intersection of psychiatry and the media, and cultural psychiatry. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband and daughter and playing the ukulele.

Peter Yellowless, MB, MS MD

Dr Yellowlees lives in Sacramento California, where he is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Davis. He is President of the American Telemedicine Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences review committee evaluating the national VA mental health services for veterans, a member of the American Psychiatric Association workgroup on telepsychiatry, and co-founder of HealthLinkNow Inc.

Dr Yellowlees is an experienced speaker and media commentator who written and produced over 180 video editorials on Psychiatry for Medscape. He has a number of research interests and is presently working on the development and validation of asynchronous telepsychiatry, automated translation and clinical interpreting systems, internet e-mail and video consultation services and assessment and treatment protocols to improve physician health and wellness.

From a clinical perspective Dr Yellowlees is an expert in physician health and telepsychiatry. He chairs the UC Davis Health System Wellbeing Committee and has many physicians as patients. He has provided clinical consultations to patients on Indian Health reservations via telemedicine for over a decade.

Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors in the USA, Australia and the UK, in academia, and in rural settings. He has published five books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters.