Kenneth B. Wells

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Affiliated Adjunct Researcher
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M.D., University of California, San Francisco; M.P.H., UCLA School of Public Health


Kenneth Wells is an affiliated adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is also the David Weil Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Wells is also Director of the Semel Institute Center for Health Services and Society and Associate Director of National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA. His research focuses on improving mental health outcomes, particularly depression, through a community-partnered, participatory research approach. Wells received the American Psychiatric Association's Research Prize, Junior and Senior Investigator Awards of Academy Health, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Wells co-led a major American Red Cross post-Katrina relief effort in New Orleans. He is principal investigator of Community Partners in Care (CPIC) and the Community and Patient Partnered Research Network. CPIC received the Association of Clinical and Translational Science 2014 Team Science Award, 2014 APHA Thomas Bruce Award, and 2015 Campus-Community Partnership for Health Annual Award. Wells earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent Projects

  • Improving care for depression
  • Patterns of outpatient mental care and services
  • Mental care for children in the United States
  • Medication management of depression


  • women helping a senior man in a library

    Using the Power of Communities to Beat Depression

    Under-resourced communities of color have limited access to programs that could improve recognition and treatment of depression. RAND and UCLA investigators applied an engagement model to determine how to better serve these communities.

    Aug 27, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • Healing Storm Victims' Mental Health

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Healing Storm Victims' Mental Health in Newsday.

    Oct 3, 2005 Newsday