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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

W. Ladson Hinton, M.D.

Dr. Hinton

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2516 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817



Dr. Ladson Hinton is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, clinical researcher, and social scientist.  He received his M.D. from Tulane University and completed his psychiatric residency at UC San Francisco.  He also received postdoctoral training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UC San Francisco and in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded Clinically-relevant Medical Anthropology Program at Harvard Medical School.  He is currently the principal investigator for an NIMH study entitled “Reducing Disparities in Depression Care for Ethnically Diverse Older Men” and directs the Education Core for the National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  He is the past recipient of a career development award from the NIA.  Prior to coming to UC Davis, Dr. Hinton served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Hinton is nationally recognized for his expertise on the cultural aspects of geriatric mental health, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease and late life depression.  His principal interests are culture and psychopathology in older adults, gender influences, ethnicity, access and quality of care, and qualitative methods.  His ethnogeriatric research has included work with Asian American (Chinese and Vietnamese), African American, Latino and Euro-American populations.  His work has focused on delivery of mental health care to older adults in primary care settings and has engaged the perspectives of both patients and providers.  He was a co-principal investigator for the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging and published research examining the frequency, impact and sociocultural context of dementia-related behavioral symptoms in Mexican American families.  His current research includes a mixed method qualitative study examining barriers and facilitators of depression care for ethnically diverse older men in primary care settings and community based research to develop innovative culturally tailored interventions for Asian American and Latino family caregivers.  He is also examining how the DSM cultural formulation can be adapted to improve cross-cultural psychiatric diagnosis in older adults.  Dr. Hinton gives many local community presentations on Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving, and geriatric depression for lay and professional audiences.


B.S., UC Bekeley, 1981
M.D., Tulane University Medical School, 1985