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Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

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Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

Director, Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS); Professor of Internal Medicine; Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
University of California, Davis
mental health services in the Central Valley
mental health of Latinos in the United States
psychiatric disorders and culturally sensitive psychiatric diagnostic instruments
translation of mental health research into practical consumer information
mental health services for low-income, underserved and rural populations in the Central Valley


Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is the acting chair of the National Mental Health Association. In 2003, he was invited by then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. Aguilar-Gaxiola, formerly a faculty member at California State University, Fresno, has been actively involved in a collaborative program designed to increase access to mental health services among the Central Valley's low-income, underserved, rural populations. He is also director of the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS), one of the largest mental health study on Latinos in America. Aguilar-Gaxiola also holds several World Health Organization advisory positions and is the coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the WHO World Mental Health initiative. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry. His research includes cross-national studies on patterns of psychiatric disorders in general population samples, and the development of culturally sensitive psychiatric diagnostic instruments. His most recent projects include translating mental health research into practical information for consumers (and their families), health professionals, and policy makers. Aguilar-Gaxiola received his medical degree at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico and his Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at Vanderbilt University.

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