Enrico Castillo, MD, MSHPM

Dr. Enrico Castillo is the Associate Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a board-certified public psychiatrist and health services/health policy researcher in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.


Dr. Castillo is the Associate Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He is a faculty member in the Center for Social Medicine and an affiliated faculty member in the UCLA Center for Community Engagement and the California Policy Lab at UCLA. He is also a member of the California State Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health. Dr. Castillo’s research focuses on health equity, serious mental illness, and community-public-academic partnerships, with the aim to improve the capacity of public systems to address inequities. He currently leads a NIMH-funded project on the jail-to-homelessness pipeline experienced by individuals with serious mental illness.

Dr. Castillo holds national leadership roles in research and medical education. His research has been conducted in close partnership with local, state, and national agencies and community organizations including the US Office of the Surgeon General, the NY State Office of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health and Health Services, the RAND Corporation, and Healthy African American Families II. He has also developed over 20 educational partnerships with local health agencies and community-based organizations, including Project 180, the Hammer Museum, and Dignity and Power Now (Frontline Wellness Network). He has developed graduate medical education curricula in psychiatry on the topics of public service, structural competency, physician advocacy, and health equity, which have been nationally recognized.

Dr. Castillo is second-generation Filipino American, born and raised in rural Virginia. He obtained his BA in English from the University of Virginia and his MD with a Concentration in Underserved Populations from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his psychiatry residency and public psychiatry clinical fellowship at Columbia University, specializing in field-based services for homeless populations. Dr. Castillo completed a 2-year fellowship in health services/health policy research, the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and obtained his MS in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Publication bibliography: https://tinyurl.com/enricocastillo

Select Leadership Positions and Professional Societies:

2023 –          California State Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

2023              Letten Prize Committee Member

2022 –           Mental Health and Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Association of American                         Medical Colleges

2022-2023    Sozosei Foundation Research Advisory Group on Decriminalizing Mental Illnesses

2022-2023    Organizing Committee Member, Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering,                           and Medicine Symposium

2021 –           Council Member. American Psychiatric Association Council on Advocacy and                                     Government Relations

2021 –           Content Development and Review Team, National Anti-racism in Medicine                                         Curriculum Coalition

2021 –           Career Development Institute for Psychiatry, Faculty Member

2021 –            Academic Psychiatry, Editorial Board Member

2021-2023     New Voices Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and                                    Medicine

2020 –            Community Mental Health Journal, Editorial Advisory Board Member

2020 –            Psychiatric Services, Column Editor for Research, Community, and Services                                       Partnerships

2020 –            Advisory Board Member, UCLA DGSOM Health Equity and Translational Social                                  Science Research Theme

2020-2021     Co-chair, UCLA DGSOM COVID-19 Health Equity Research and Advisory Committee

2012-2021     Council Member. American Psychiatric Association Council on Minority                                                Mental Health and Health Disparities