Andres F Sciolla, MD - Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis

Dr. Sciolla is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis, Co-Director of the Doctoring 2 course at the School of Medicine, and the Medical Director for a county-funded community mental health clinic in Sacramento, California, the Northgate Point Regional Support Team. His Department has a long-standing reputation of community-academia collaboration, and UC Davis School of Medicine is a national leader in diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Sciolla has worked in community mental health clinics since 2001 in San Ysidro, California, Chula Vista, California, and, since 2012, in Sacramento. Providing care to the underserved, low-income individuals in these settings raised his awareness of the pivotal role that childhood adverse experiences play in the onset, clinical course and poor treatment response of mental disorders; emergence of behavioral adaptations to ACEs that later become risky or dysfunctional; and the transgenerational transmission of trauma, violence and social exclusion.

By the same token, this community-based work has provided him with insights into possible interventions to enhance resilience beyond healing and recovery from the psychological, emotional, behavioral and possibly even the biological scars of adversities across the lifespan.

As an immigrant, an international medical graduate, a gay man, and a bicultural/bilingual psychiatrist who is immersed in the worlds-apart of academic medicine and community service, he is deeply aware of how intersecting, stigmatized identities can be a source of pride as well as shame. He has experienced in himself the empowerment and healing that stems from interpersonal, group and community relationships characterized by inclusion, acceptance, compassion and fairness.

Dr. Sciolla can be reached at: afsciolla@ucdavis.edu