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Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.

2921 Stockton Blvd. Suite 1400
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 703-9114
Fax: (916) 703-9124
E-mail: sergio.aguilar-gaxiola@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


  • Professor of Internal Medicine, Director Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
  • Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California
  • Project Director, Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS)
  • Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Mental Health 2000 Initiative
  • Director, WHO-CIDI Training and Referencer Center, Fresno, CA

Areas of Research Interest:

Minority mental health (e.g., prevalence of mental disorders, risk and protective factors, mental health service utilization patterns, access to care, and treatment outcomes), cross-cultural comparative epidemiologic research on patterns and correlates of psychiatric disorders in general population samples, idiomatic expressions of psychological distress in Spanish-speaking populations, and applications of standardized psychiatric diagnostic instruments.

Selected Publications:

Aguilar-Gaxiola, S.A. , Zelezny, L, Garcia, B., Edmonson, C., Alejo-Garcia, C., & Vega, W.A. (2001). Translating Research Into Action: Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Care for Mexican Americans, Re-submitted to Psychiatric Services.

Vega, W.A., Kolody, B., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S.A. (2001). Help-seeking for mental health problems among Mexican-Americans. Journal of Immigrant Health, 3(3), 133-140.

Kessler, R.C., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S.A., Berglund, P.A., Caraveo-Anduaga, J.J., DeWit, D.J., Greenfield, S.F., Kolody, B., Olfson, M., & Vega, W.A., (2001). Patterns and predictors of help-seeking after first onset of substance use disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 58(11), 1065-1071.

Vega, W.A., Kolody, B., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Catalano, R. (1999). Gaps in services utilization by Mexican Americans with mental health problems. American Journal of Psychiatry, 156(6), 928-934.

Vega, W. A., Kolody, B., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S. A., Alderete, E., Catalano, R., & Caraveo-Anduaga, J. (1998). Lifetime and 12 month prevalence of DSM-III-R psychiatric disorders among urban and rural Mexican Americans in California. Archives of General Psychiatr, 55(9), 771-778.

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association (Division 45)
Commission of Community Psychology, Interamerican Society of Psychology
SIGMA Xi, The Scientific Research Society
The International Consortium in Psychiatric Epidemiology (ICPE) sponsored by NIH and
WHO CIDI Advisory Committee
WHO ICIDH-2 Spanish-Speaking Network on Disabilities
NIMH Advisory Group to the National Comorbidity Study - Replication, and National
Survey of African Americans
National Mental Health Association (NMHA), member of the Board of Directors


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