• Ruth Shim, MD, MPH

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  • Ruth Shim, MD, MPH
      Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Contact Information

    Phone: (404) 756-8821


    College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
    BS, Psychology, 1999

    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    MD, Medicine, 2003

    Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, Atlanta, GA
    MPH, Health Policy, 2008

    Other Experience and Professional Memberships

    1999 - 2003: Member, Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

    2000 - 2001: President, Emory University School of Medicine Chapter of SNMA

    1999 - 2003: Member, American Medical Student Association

    2000 - 2003: Member, Physicians for Social Responsibility Activist Network

    2002 - Present: Member, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association

    2002: Member, American Association of Community Psychiatrists

    2002 - Present:  Member, American Psychiatric Association

    2005 - Present: Member, Black Psychiatrists of America, Inc.

    2005 - 2006: Resident Member, Residency Education Committee, Emory University Department of Psychiatry

    2005 - 2006: President, Resident Housestaff, Emory University Department of Pyschiatry

    2006 – 2010: Member/Secretary, Board of Directors, Positive Impact, Inc.

    2009 - Present: Member, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry


    1999: Tradition of Service Award, College of William & Mary

    1999: Benjamin Stoddard Ewell Award, College of William & Mary

    1999 – 2003: Dean’s Scholarship, Emory University School of Medicine

    2001: Erich G. Randolph Scholarship, Emory University School of Medicine

    2002: F. Conyers Thompson Jr. Scholarship, Emory University School of Medicine

    2003: Eldon L. Bolton, MD Service Award, Emory University School of Medicine

    2005 – 2007: American Psychiatric Association/GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship

    Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

    1. Esterberg ML, Compton MT, McGee R, Shim R, Hochman K: Knowledge about schizophrenia and social distance toward individuals with schizophrenia among urban African American community members. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 14(2):86-93, 2008.
    2. Shim RS, Compton MT, Rust G, Druss BG, Kaslow NJ.:  Race-Ethnicity as a predictor of attitudes toward mental health treatment-seeking.  Psychiatric Services.  60 (10): 1336, 2009.
    3. Shim RS and Compton MT: Pilot testing and preliminary evaluation of a suicide prevention education program for emergency department personnel.  Community Mental Health Journal.  46 (6): 585-590, 2010. 
    4. Compton MT, Ramsay CE, Shim RS, Goulding SM, Gordon TL, Weiss PS, Druss BG: Health services determinants of the duration of untreated psychosis among African American first episode patients.  Psychiatric Services.  60 (11): 1489, 2009
    5. Compton MT, Gordon TL, Goulding SM, Esterberg ML, Carter T, Leiner AS, Shim RS, Weiss PS, Druss B, Walker EF, Kaslow NJ.  Patient-, Family-, and Services-Level Predictors of the Duration of Untreated Psychosis, Schizophrenia Research, 117(2-3): 289, 2010.
    6. Baltrus PT, Shim RS, Ye J, Watson L, Davis SK.  Socioeconomic position, stress, and cortisol in relation to waist circumference in African American and white women.  Ethnicity & Disease, 20(4): 376, 2010.
    7. Ye J and Shim R.  Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Role of Patients’ Psychological Distress.  Journal of the National Medical Association, 102(12): 1237, 2010.
    8. Shim RS, Baltrus P, Ye J, Rust G. Prevalence, treatment, and control of depressive symptoms in the United States: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005-2008. J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;24(1):33-8. PubMed PMID: 21209342. PMC3161724. NIHMSID: NIHMS288069
    9. Shim RS, Baltrus P, Bradford LD, Holden KB, Fresh E, Fuller LE.  Characterizing Depression and Co-Morbid Medical Conditions in African American Women in a Primary Care Setting.  The Journal of the National Medical Association (in press).
    10. Druss BG, Zhao L, Cummings JR, Shim RS, Rust GS, Marcus SC. Mental Comorbidity and Quality of Diabetes Care Under Medicaid: A 50-state Analysis. Med Care. 2012 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22228248 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]