Social (In)Justice and Mental Health

About the November 17 Forum

Structural racism is omnipresent and has led to unjust policies and practices resulting in a societal dichotomy where a small number of people have unfair advantages, while a growing number of people are denied those rights and liberties. This continuous structural racism has significant impacts on mental health and well-being. Dr. Ruth Shim will join us in the next Population Mental Health forum to discuss structural racism and its impact on mental health and to review topics in her new book, “Social (In)Justice and Mental Health.” This event is appropriate for students, academics and the general community, but has particular relevance for clinicians working in the field of mental health who are uniquely poised to address these inequalities in their daily work. The event will conclude with a Q&A session with attendees.

Wednesday November 17, 11AM – 12PM EST

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Speaker bios

Dr. Ruth Shim, MD, MPH,
 is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. She also serves as Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Shim received an MPH in health policy from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and an MD from Emory University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association for Community Psychiatry. She serves on the Research and Evaluation Committee of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. 

She serves on the Editorial Boards of JAMA Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Community Mental Health Journal, and American Psychiatric Publishing, and is co-editor of the books, The Social Determinants of Mental Health, and the recently published, Social (In)Justice and Mental Health. She is a former fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program, and an at-large member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. In 2021, she was the recipient of a NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and the UC Davis Health Deans’ Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Dr. Shim’s research focuses on mental health disparities and inequities, and she provides clinical psychiatric care in the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic. 


Dr. Archana Basu, PhD, is a Psychologist and Instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and a Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. As a practicing psychologist, Dr. Basu works with children and families to promote coping and resilience in the context of a range of adversities. Her research uses a life course approach to understand how trauma and protective factors shape children’s health and development. Dr. Basu is interested in implementing population-based secondary intervention approaches in primary care settings. She also leads Trauma Informed Care initiatives with a goal to promote health equity.