Russell F. Lim, M.D., M.Ed.


  • Director of Diversity Education and Training
  • Health Sciences Clinical Professor
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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Philosophy of Care

I collaborate with my patients to find the optimum dosing of medications, balancing efficacy with side effects.

Clinical Interests

Russell F. Lim's clinical focus is transcultural and community psychiatry, particularly management of anxiety; agitation; depression; and bipolar, posttraumatic stress and psychotic disorders. Lim coordinates the residents' four-year curriculum, which was awarded the American College of Psychiatrist's Award for creativity in psychiatric education. He has presented numerous lectures both locally and nationally on this subject and edited a book, The Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, 2006. He has authored and coauthored numerous book chapters on cultural issues in psychiatry and education in cultural psychiatry.


Adult Psychiatry


M.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, California, 1990

M.Ed., UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1985

B.S., UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1984


San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California, 1994-1995

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1991-1994

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008

Professional Memberships

American Association of Community Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association

Association for Academic Psychiatry

California Medical Association

California Psychiatric Association

Central California Psychiatric Society

Sierra Valley Medical Society

Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture

World Association of Cultural Psychiatrists

Honors and Awards

Ambassador of Diversity, UC Davis Healthcare System, 2010

Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2010

Nancy Roeske Award for Excellence in Teaching Medical Students, 2010

Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Education, 2009

Teacher of the Year, American Association of Psychiatrists-Region X, 2008

Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education, American College of Psychiatrists, 2007

Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, UC Davis, 2004

Special Service Excellence Award, Turning Point Community Programs, 2003

Fellow, Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, 2002

Select Recent Publications

Lim RF, Huang FY, & Kramer EJ. Screening, Assessment, and Engagement. In: Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action, Bateman WB, Abesamis N, Ho-Asjoe H, eds., Praeger, New York, 311-328, 2009.

Lim RF. Prevalence and Presentation of Psychiatric Illnesses in Asian Americans. In: Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action, Bateman WB, Abesamis N, Ho-Asjoe H, eds., Praeger, New York, 301-9, 2009.

Lim RF. The Role of Cultural Competence. In: Addressing Mental Health Disparities: Clinical Considerations, Ruiz P, Primm AB, eds., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 236-247, 2009.

Lim RF, Schwartz E, Servis M, Cox PD, Lai A, Hales RE. The chief resident in psychiatry: roles and responsibilities. Acad Psychiatry. 2009 Jan-Feb;33(1):56-9.

Lim RF, Ton H. Depression and Culture: Implications for the Assessment and Treatment of Patients of Diverse Ethnicities. Depression: Mind and Body, 4(2):42-50, 2008.

Lim RF, Lu FG. Culture and Psychiatric Education. Acad Psychiatry, 32:269-271, 2008.

Lim RF, Luo JS, Suo S, Hales RE. Diversity Initiatives in Academic Psychiatry: Applying Cultural Competence. Acad Psychiatry, 32:283-290, 2008.

Lim RF and Bell CC. Cultural competence in violence risk assessment. In: American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Violence Assessment and Management, Edited by: Simon RI, Tardiff K. APPI, Arlington, VA, 35-57, 2008.

Lim RF, Diamond RJ, Chang JB, Primm AB, Lu FG. Using Non-Feature Films to Teach Diversity, Cultural Competence, and the DSM-IV-TR Outline for Cultural Formulation. Acad Psychiatry, 32:291-298, 2008.

Lim RF, Hua LL, Wegelin J, Kramer EJ, Servis ME. Teaching Cultural Competence in the Medical School Pre-Clinical Curriculum. Acad Psychiatry, 32:327-331, 2008.

Lim RF. Conclusions: Applying the DSM-IV-TR Outline for Cultural Formulation. In: Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, edited by Lim RF. APPI, Arlington, VA, 2006, pp. 237-241.