(Philadelphia, PA) - Eri Kuno, PhD, has been appointed a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

In 1987, Dr. Kuno completed her undergraduate education at Keio University in Tokyo, where she earned her BA in Human Science. She went on to receive her Master's degree in Sociology from Nippon Fukushi University in Japan; and her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Dr. Kuno has held research positions at Nippon Fukushi University and the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania. For several months, she also served as a psychiatric social worker at Aichi Prefectural Shiroyama Hospital in Japan.

Dr. Kuno's research focuses on delivery of services to persons with serious mental illness. She is presently studying the effect of managed care on vulnerable populations and the consequences of state hospital closures.

Dr. Kuno is a member of the American Public Health Association. She has been invited to lecture on many occasions. Most recently, she spoke at the Mental Health Statistics Conference in Washington, DC, on the subject, "Ethic Disparities in Treatment of Schizophrenia and Neighborhood Characteristics." Her work has been published in numerous medical journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Community Mental Health Journal, Psychiatric Services, Schizophrenia Bulletin, and the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

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