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

Katherine Ruiz-Mellott, MD, MPH


Associate Medical Director; Staff Psychiatrist;
Chair, Committee on Education and Diversity,
Whittier Pavilion, Haverhill, MA



Dr. Ruiz-Mellott is currently the associate medical director of a newly opened free standing psychiatric hospital, the Whittier Pavilion in Haverhill, MA. Previously, Dr. Ruiz-Mellott was a staff psychiatrist with Cambridge Health Alliance and worked with the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research in Somerville, MA. She is active in community mental health and has served as the medical director and psychiatrist for the Assertive Community Treatment Program operated by Health and Education Services. She has recently begun an innovative program involving psychiatric outreach to declining elders in the community in partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Her clinical focus is on expanding access to care through the development of recovery oriented programs. She is actively involved in education, staff training and diversity initiatives at her institution.

Dr. Ruiz-Mellott received her medical degree in 1998 from the University of Illinois, Chicago and completed psychiatry residency training in 2004 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She received her M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006 as a CES Scholar.