Dr. Teo received his Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, in Human Biology from Stanford University and his MD degree from the University of California, San Francisco. During the course of medical school, he chose to concentrate in global health and received a number of support grants in this area. He was awarded the Young Psychiatrist Fellowship from the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry, as well as the John P. Spiegel Memorial Fellowship from the Society for Study of Psychiatry and Culture, and a Minority Fellowship from the American Psychiatric Association.
He is fluent in Japanese, and he has served as Director of US Advisors for the US-Japan Healthcare Network and on the board of directors of VIA, a 50-year-old nonprofit organization devoted to cross cultural public service programs connecting Asia and the United States.
During the course of his residency, he has chosen to work with Dale McNiel, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, on a protocol involving clinical risk assessment of violence on inpatient psychiatric wards. This study is a seven-year, retrospective analysis of assault incidents at San Francisco General Hospital and involve a case-controlled study design. Specific hypotheses involve whether unstructured clinical judgment predicts violence as well as brief violence risk assessment tools and whether such tools used in conjunction with clinical judgment enhance prediction of violence.
He was the only psychiatrist selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar in the 2011 to 2013 cohort and will continue mental health service research while pursuing a Master’s degree.
He has published ten peer reviewed articles and two book chapters, thus far, which have mostly focused on cultural aspects of the training of physicians.