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Dr. John Luo

Health Sciences Clinical Professor - Psychiatry
Director of Psychiatry Residency Program
Chief Medical Information Officer

Dr. John Luo

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Medical Education, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
  • Fellowship, Medical Informatics, University of California Davis, Department of Psychiatry, Davis, California
  • Chief Resident, Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Internship, Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • B.S., Biochemistry, UCLA, , Los Angeles, California
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John Luo, M.D., joined the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine in March 2015 as a clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the psychiatric residency training program. In addition, he is the chief medical information officer for the UCR School of Medicine and UCR Health.

In addition to the aforementioned duties, Luo is a practicing psychiatrist whose emphasis is on psychotherapy and medication management for patients with depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

Previously, Luo was a clinical professor of psychiatry and co-chair of the medical neuroscience block at the UCLA School of Medicine and ambulatory care program  associate at the UCLA Semel Institute. He also was senior physician informaticist with the UCLA Health System. He has also worked at UC Davis as director of psychiatric informatics and as assistant professor of clinical psychiatry.

He also served on the Council on Communications for the American Psychiatric Association and is the Gores Informatics Advocacy Chair for the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry. He writes a regular column in Psychiatric News on computer technology in the field of psychiatry.

Luo is a distinguished fellow and past-president of the Association for Academic Psychiatry and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Luo earned his B.S. in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, then earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas before returning to California to conduct his internship and residency at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Research Interests

Luo has an interest in the use of technology in the practice of psychiatric health care. He has served as principal investigator on several research projects involving medical informatics and social skills training.


  • Distinguished Fellow, Association for Academic Psychiatry, 2013.
  • UCLA School of Medicine Outstanding Problem-Based Learning Tutor Award, 2010-2011.
  • Roberts Award for Inspirational Mentorship in Academic Psychiatry, AAP, 2009.
  • Regional Teaching Award - Region VI, AAP, 2009.
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2009.
  • Medical Student Teaching Award, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry, 2007 – 2008.
  • APA Irma Bland, M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, 2008.
  • Housestaff Teaching Award, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry, 2005 – 2006.
  • APA Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, 2003.

Selected Publications

  • Bartzokis G, Lu PH, Amar CP, Raven EP, Detore NR, Altshuler LL, Mintz J, Ventura, J, Casaus LR, Luo JS, Subotnik KL, Nuechterlein KH. “Long acting injection versus oral risperidone in first-episode schizophrenia: Differential impact on white matter myelination trajectory”. Schizophrenia Research, Oct 2011; 132(1): 35-41.
  • Douglas AM, Luo J, Baraf LJ. “Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry Agreement on Diagnosis and Disposition of Emergency Department Patients with Behavioral Emergencies". Academic Emergency Medicine, 2011; 18 (4): 368-73.
  • Lim RF, Luo J, Suo S, Hales RE. “Diversity Initiatives in Academic Psychiatry: Applying Cultural Competence”. Academic Psychiatry, August 2008; 32: 283-290.
  • Luo J. Mobile Computing in Healthcare: The Dreams and Wishes of Clinicians. Proceedings of SigMobile, Association for Computing Machinery. HealthNet 2008. June 17, 2008.
  • Hilty DM, Benjamin S, Briscoe G, Hales DJ, Boland RJ, Luo JS, Chan CH, Kennedy RS, Karlinsky H, Gordon DB, Yellowlees PM, and Yager J. “APA Summit on Medical Student Education Task Force on Informatics and Technology: Steps to Enhance the Use of Technology in Education Through Faculty Development, Funding and Change Management”. Academic Psychiatry, December 2006; 30: 444 – 450.
  • Luo J, Ton H. Personal Digital Assistants in Psychiatric Education. Academic Psychiatry. 2006; 30: 516-521.
  • Luo J, Hilty Dm, Worley L, Yager J. Considerations in Change Management Related to Technology. Academic Psychiatry. 2006; 30: 465-469.
  • Hilty DM, Hales DJ, Briscoe G, Benjamin S, Boland RJ, Luo JS, Chan CH, Kennedy RS, Karlinsky H, Gordon DB, Yager J, Yellowlees PM. “APA Summit on Medical Student Education Task Force on Informatics and Technology: Learning About Computers and Applying Computer Technology to Education and Practice.”. Academic Psychiatry. 2006; 30(1):29-35.
  • Luo J. “Portable Computing in Psychiatry”. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2004; 49(1): 24-30.
  • Hilty DM, Luo J, Morache C, Marcelo DA, Nesbitt TS. “Telepsychiatry: An Overview for Psychiatrists”. CNS Drugs. 2002; 16(8): 527-528.
  • Luo J. “Personal Digital Assistants: Potential Uses and Practical Recommendations”. Primary Psychiatry. 2002; 9(9): 35-42.
  • Dewan NA, Luo J, Lorenzi NM. Information Technology Essentials for Behavioral Health Clinicians, Springer-Verlag London Limited, 2011.
  • Chan CH, Luo J, Kennedy RS. Concise Guide to Computers in Clinical Psychiatry. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., Washington, D.C. 2002.
Book Chapters
  • Luo J. “Computer Resources for the Private Practice” in Entering Private Practice, A
    Handbook for Psychiatrists (Ed. Lazarus JA), American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 2005.
    pp. 103 – 124.
  • Luo J, Chan CH, Boland R. “Educational Innovation Using Technology”, The Academic
    Medicine Handbook. Springer, April 2013.

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