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Benjamin K.P. Woo


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Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine; UCLA – Olive View Psychiatry Residency Program



Benjamin K.P. Woo, M.D., (胡啟贇醫生) is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Asian American Studies at UCLA.  He is the Psychiatry Clerkship Director at the Olive View – UCLA Medical Center.  Also, he is the faculty advisor for the UCLA Asian Pacific Health Corps (APHC), an undergraduate student organization that promotes health awareness in the Asian communities.  Professor Woo directs the Chinese American Health Promotion Laboratory at UCLA.  He has published many articles addressing mental health care disparities amongst Chinese Americans in the fields of emergency psychiatry and geriatric mental health.  Since 2009, he has spoken on 140+ radio shows on mental health topics on the only Cantonese radio station in Los Angeles, KMRB AM1430.

He has received many awards and honors for his work and teaching – among others, the Award for Excellence in Education from the UCLA School of Medicine, the Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies at UCLA, the Advancing Minority Mental Health Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation, and the Roeske Teaching Award from the American Psychiatric Association where he is also a Distinguished Fellow.



M.D., University of California, San Diego
B.S.E., Duke University

Research Interests

Chinese American Health and Mental Health; Dementia Knowledge and Stigma; Emergency Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Social Media.


  • Nguyen B, Woo BKP. Sharing is Caring: WhatsApp as a method of disseminating dementia knowledge to elderly Chinese Americans. Int Psychogeriatr. 2019 doi: 10.1017/S1041610219000656
  • Woo BKP, Chung S, Woo G, Chung JOP. Mitigating stigma of Alzheimer’s disease dementia among Chinese Americans. Alzheimers Dement. 2019 Jul;15(7):1006-1007. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2019.02.006
  • Woo BK. Facebook Advertising for Disseminating Early Psychosis Education to the Chinese-Speaking General Public. Health Equity. 2019 Feb 13;3(1):19-21. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0087
  • Dunn PH, Woo BK. Facebook recruitment of Chinese-speaking participants for hypertension education. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2018 Sep;12(9):690-692. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2018.06.017
  • Lee H, Woo BKP. Perceptions of and Attitudes Toward Diabetes Among Chinese Americans. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2018 Jun 1;118(6):e33-e40. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.087
  • Woo BK, Kung E. A YouTube video intervention as mHealth to promote first-episode psychosis education to Chinese. Asian J Psychiatr. 2018 Mar;33:38-39. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2018.02.021
  • Lam NHT, Woo BKP. Exploring the role of YouTube in delivering dementia education to older Chinese. Asian J Psychiatr. 2018 Jan;31:25-26. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.12.022
  • Tsiang JT, Woo BK. Comparison of Online Dementia Information in Chinese and in English Languages. Cureus. 2017 Oct 28;9(10):e1808. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1808
  • Woo BK. Family history and its relationship with dementia stigma beliefs among Chinese Americans. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2017 Jan;17(1):122-125. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12686
  • Lam NHT, Tsiang JT, Woo BKP. Exploring the Role of YouTube in Disseminating Psychoeducation. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;41(6):819-822. doi: 10.1007/s40596-017-0835-9
  • Woo BK. Dementia Health Promotion for Chinese Americans. Cureus. 2017 Jun 29;9(6):e1411. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1411
  • Zheng X, Woo BK. E-mental health in ethnic minority: A comparison of youtube and talk-based educational workshops in dementia. Asian J Psychiatr. 2017 Feb;25:246-248. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2016.12.002
  • Woo BK, Mehta P. Examining the differences in the stigma of dementia and diabetes among Chinese Americans. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2017 May;17(5):760-764. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12782
  • Zheng X, Woo BK. Association between recognizing dementia as a mental illness and dementia knowledge among elderly Chinese Americans. World J Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 22;6(2):233-8. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v6.i2.233
  • Nguyen PT, Nguyen N, Vo K, Ho S, Nguyen J, Woo BK. Knowledge of dementia among Vietnamese American immigrants. Asian J Psychiatr. 2016 Apr;20:39-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2015.11.005
  • Zheng X, Chung JO, Woo BK. Exploring the Impact of a Culturally Tailored Short Film in Modifying Dementia Stigma Among Chinese Americans: A Pilot Study. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Apr;40(2):372-4. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0397-7
  • Eng KJ, Woo BK. Knowledge of dementia community resources and stigma among Chinese American immigrants. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2015 Jan-Feb;37(1):e3-4. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2014.11.003
  • Tsiang JT, Lam HT, Woo BK. Affordable Care Act knowledge and publicity in the older Chinese-American population. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov;62(11):2219-21. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13119
  • Diamond AG, Woo BK. Duration of residence and dementia literacy among Chinese Americans. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2014 Jun;60(4):406-9. doi: 10.1177/0020764013491742
  • Woo BK, Chung JO. Public stigma associated with dementia in a Chinese-American immigrant population. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Oct;61(10):1832-3. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12472
  • Woo BK. Knowledge of dementia among Chinese American immigrants. Asian J Psychiatr. 2013 Aug;6(4):351-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2013.03.010
  • Ho EY, Woo BK. Dementia knowledge and information seeking of Chinese Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Apr;61(4):647-8. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12194
  • Woo BK. Rainbow beneath the sky: mental health help for Chinese Americans. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Mar 1;64(3):289. doi: 10.1176/


• Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
• Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies at UCLA
• Excellence in Education Award, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
• American Psychiatric Foundation’s Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health

Benjamin K.P. Woo