Board member

Clayton Chau, MD, PhD

Current Position:

Institute for Mental Health and Wellness St Joseph Hoag Health System
Regional Executive Medical Director

Clayton Chau was formerly employed by LA Care Health Plan as the Medical Director for Behavioral Health and Care Management Services in October 2013. He is also a Lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Health and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Previously he worked for the Orange County Health Care Agency Behavioral Health Services for 13 years providing care to people living with severe persistent mental illness and integrated care for the county’s Public Health HIV clinic. He was also the Director of the Center of Excellence in Education, Training, Research and Advocacy for Reducing Health Disparities. 

Dr. Chau obtained his MD degree from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Chelsea University. He completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA/San Fernando Valley followed by a fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in psychoneuroimmunology focusing on substance abuse and HIV. During his residency, he was also selected for the American Psychiatric Association Mead Johnson Fellowship in Community Leadership.

Dr. Chau has conducted training in the areas of health care integration, health care reform, cultural competency, veteran’s health, homelessness and mental health policy. He is featured in the 2013 documentary “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness” narrated by Glenn Close, produced by PBS, the 2013 Emmy Awards winner 60 Seconds PSA and the 2012 Emmy Awards winner Informational/Public Affairs Series “Profiles of Hope” produced by the LA Department of Mental Health. Dr. Chau was named the 2012 Visionary Leader by the National Council for Behavioral Health. In that same year, he was also awarded the prestigious Warren Williams, MD Award from the American Psychiatric Association “for his extraordinary contributions to the profession of psychiatry and the care of those with mental illness.”