Public/Community Psychiatry


Public Mental Health Policies and Systems

Medical Education

Faculty Member, UCLA Center for Social Medicine and Humanities

Associate Program Director, UCLA Psychiatry Residency, UCLA Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities


Dr. Enrico Castillo is a board-certified public psychiatrist and health services/health policy researcher. He is the Associate Director for Residency Education at UCLA. He is a current member of the APA Council for Advocacy and Government Relations and former member of the Council for Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities (2012-21). He is a column editor for Research, Community, and Services Partnerships for the journal Psychiatric Services and serves on the editorial boards of Academic Psychiatry and Community Mental Health Journal. He is also a member of the 2021-23 cohort of the New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Program by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and a faculty member and mentor in the Career Development Institute for Psychiatry. He has received two departmental teaching awards and was awarded the 2021-2022 Irma J. Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Castillo’s research focuses on health equity and health justice, serious mental illness, and community-public-academic partnerships. Combining health services and social medicine research methods, Dr. Castillo aims to improve the capacity of public systems to address disparities, particularly in homelessness and incarceration. His work has been conducted in close partnership with local, state, and national agencies and community organizations including the Office of the Surgeon General, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health and Health Services, the RAND Corporation, and Healthy African American Families II. He is currently leading a NIMH-funded project on the jail-to-homelessness pipeline experienced by individuals with serious mental illness (K23 MH125201).

Dr. Castillo completed his psychiatry residency and public psychiatry clinical fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumnus of the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His clinical work focuses on public psychiatry, where he serves diverse, at-risk populations in public-sector settings. He specializes on multidisciplinary non-law enforcement field-based care models (mobile crisis teams, Assertive Community Treatment), which deliver care in community settings and address social determinants of health. He is an alum of the following fellowships and trainings: APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program, NY State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholars Program, NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute, Career Development Institute for Psychiatry, and Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions.


Castillo EG, Braslow JT. How pharmaceuticals mask health and social inequities. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2021. PMID: 34351264.

Castillo EG, Harris C. Directing Research Toward Health Equity: A health equity research impact assessment. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021. PMID: 33948804.

Castillo EG, Isom J, DeBonis K, Jordan A, Braslow JT, Rohrbaugh R. Reconsidering Systems-based Practice: Advancing social responsibility and structural competence in graduate medical education. Academic Medicine. 2020. PMID: 32590465.

Castillo EG, Ijadi-Maghsoodi R, Shadravan S, Moore E, Mensah MO, Docherty M, Aguilera Nunez MG, Barceló N, Goodsmith N, Halpin LE, Morton I, Mango J, Montero AE, Rahmanian Koushkaki S, Bromley E, Chung B, Jones F, Gabrielian S, Gelberg L, Greenberg JM, Kalofonos I, Kataoka SH, Miranda J, Pincus HA, Zima BT, Wells KB. Community interventions to promote mental health and social equity. Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ). 2020;18(1): 60-70. PMID: 32015729.

Castillo EG, Chung B, Bromley E, Kataoka SH, Braslow JT, Essock SM, Young AS, Greenberg JM, Miranda J, Dixon LB, Wells KB. Community, Public Policy, and Recovery from Mental Illness: Emerging Research and Initiatives. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2018;26(2):70-81. PMID: 29381527.

Castillo EG, Shaner R, Tang L, Chung B, Jones F, Whittington Y, Miranda J, Wells KB. Improving Depression Care for Adults With Serious Mental Illness in Underresourced Areas: Community Coalitions Versus Technical Support. Psychiatric Services. 2018;69(2): 195-203. PMID: 29032700.


  • Career Mentorship in Community/Public Psychiatry, Health Services/Health Policy Research

  • Research Mentorship: The Center for Social Medicine and Humanities has ongoing research projects, using a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and participant-observation ethnography to evaluate public mental health services and programs.

  • Leadership in Professional Organizations: Opportunities for involvement in APA fellowships and councils

  • Information on the following programs:

        • UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program (alumni, mental health services and health policy research fellowship)​

        • Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship (alumni, clinical fellowship)

        • APA Fellowships and Councils

        • Career Development Institute for Psychiatry

        • NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute

        • Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions