Dr. Eric Rafla-Yuan is the 2021 Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and an award-winning researcher in medical psychiatry, health policy, and the sociopolitical determinants of health. He has given numerous talks on a national scale and was recently awarded a large grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for his work tracking the impact of immigration policy on health outcomes in border communities. He is on the faculty at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and has held leadership positions in the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, San Diego Psychiatric Society, California State Association of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association. 

As a board certified  psychiatrist, Dr. Rafla-Yuan works with patients of all ages and specializes in trauma and development. For many individuals, the often resulting challenges of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) get in the way of performing their best, feeling their best, or having the relationships they seek. Sometimes, and not uncommonly, it can even get in the way of individuals getting the medical or dental care they need. Dr. Rafla-Yuan utilizes a mentalization-based treatment (MBT) approach and believes that being patient-centered and trauma-informed is the most effective way to meet patients wherever they are. Dr. Rafla-Yuan has worked with a wide range of patients of all ages and backgrounds, in a wide range of settings, including academic medical center hospitals and clinics, residential treatment programs, public sector services, assertive community treatment (ACT) teams, and the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system. 

Dr. Rafla-Yuan earned his bachelor’s degree from Chapman University where he studied biology and chemistry before attending the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed a Certificate in Biomedical Ethics at the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. He completed psychiatry residency at the University of California San Diego where he served as chief resident physician for the Community Psychiatry Program. In this role he was responsible for the education of resident physicians, medical students, and advanced practice nursing students. He founded the UCSD Psychiatry Residency Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and served as the inaugural faculty chair. Dr. Rafla-Yuan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Professional Memberships

 Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
American Medical Association
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
American Psychiatric Association
California Medical Association
San Diego County Medical Society
San Diego Psychiatric Society
San Diego Refugee Forum
Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
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