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Dr. Francis Lu

Dr. Lu 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.”