Lim receives Kun-Po Soo Award from American Psychiatric Foundation

March 6, 2015

Russell Lim, director of Diversity Education and Training for the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2015 Kun-Po Soo Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation, for his contributions to understanding the importance of addressing culture in mental-health issues.

Russell Lim
Russell Lim

The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to understanding Asian cultural heritage in psychiatric practice. It seeks to encourage scholarship and research in culture-specific mental-health issues and the treatment needs of Asian populations. Lim will deliver the Kun-Po Soo Lecture on May 17 during the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Toronto.

Lim’s clinical focus is transcultural and community psychiatry, particularly the management of anxiety; agitation; depression; and bipolar, posttraumatic stress and psychotic disorders. He coordinates the courses in the psychiatry residents' four-year cross-cultural psychiatry curriculum.

"Dr. Lim has made notable contributions to the department and the medical school," said Robert Hales, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. "He created the Diversity Advisory Committee which meets on a regular basis to review journal articles, to provide educational programs, and to discuss important issues related to cultural psychiatry. Russell also has developed an award- winning four-year curriculum on cultural psychiatry for psychiatry residents."

Lim has presented numerous lectures, both locally and nationally, on the residency curriculum and culturally appropriate assessment and is the editor of The Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, 2015, Second Edition. He has authored and coauthored numerous book chapters on cultural issues in psychiatry and education in cultural psychiatry.

He is the recipient of the American College of Psychiatrist's award for creativity in psychiatric education. He also initiated resident outpatient psychiatric consultations at a medical clinic serving culturally diverse refugees while he was chief resident at San Francisco General Hospital.

Lim received his Master’s Degree in education from UCLA and his Doctor of Medicine degree from UC San Diego.

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