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Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH

Kenneth Wells, M.D., M.P.H. is Director of the Center for Health Services and Society at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Weil Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at David Geffen School of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He is staff psychiatrist at West Los Angeles VA and affiliated adjunct staff at RAND. He is Associate Director of the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program and Research Co-Director for the UCLA/VA Center of Excellence for Veteran Resilience and Recovery. His work focuses on Community Partnered Participatory Research to improve equity in services access, quality and outcomes for personswith behavioral health needs. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He and Community co-lead Loretta Jones of Healthy African American Families ii with over 100 academic and community partners, received the 2014 Team Science Award of the Association of Clinical and Translational Science for Community Partners in Care (CPIC), a group-randomized trial of community engagement to improve outcomes for depressed adults in under-resourced communities. He co-led the American Red Cross post-Katrina mental health recovery effort in New Orleans and was UCLA lead for the Los Angeles Community Disaster Resilience initiative, and is currently joint PI for an evaluation of implementation of crisis intervention programs in California.