California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios

Richard Nunes, MD, MPH


Chief of Child Psychiatry, Mental Health Administration,
Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, San Jose, CA




Dr. Richard Nunes is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an adult psychiatrist who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as General Psychiatry. His interests lie in the administration and management of mental health service delivery to adult and adolescent populations as well as to incarcerated mentally ill youth. He has worked as a psychiatrist with developmentally disabled children at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center School and with adolescent and adult patients at the MidState Behavioral Health System in Connecticut. In addition, he worked as the consulting psychiatrist at the New Haven Juvenile Detention Center and on the psychiatric inpatient unit at the Sacramento County Jail. He completed an adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Nunes wishes to continue his role as both an adult and a child and adolescent psychiatrist as well as transition into a health care management career in response to what he calls a continuing struggle with “a health care system that stigmatizes mental health.”

Dr. Nunes received his medical degree in 1998, and completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry in 2001, at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He received an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005 as a CES Scholar.