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Michael E. Lara, MD maintains a private psychiatry and psychopharmacology practice in Belmont, California, where he specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and memory disorders.

He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Stanford University and Harvard University respectively, then his doctorate of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Lara completed his residency training in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, pursuing independent research in topics related to cross-cultural psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Lara is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Lara has been the recipient of several research awards in the areas of cross-cultural psychiatry, including the University of New Mexico’s Annual Award for Best Original Research in the Area of Cross-Cultural Psychiatry (2001). He has participated in several key clinical trials, as well as served as an invited presenter at numerous national and international medical conferences. He is the principal author of "Understanding the Role of Culture on Treatment Adherence" in the comprehensive textbook, Best Practices in the Behavioral Management of Chronic Disease.

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