Dr. Clayton Chau

Dr. Clayton Chau

Biography

Clayton Chau is currently the Agency Director for the Orange County Health Care Agency and the County Health Officer. He was previously the Chief Clinical and Strategy Officer for MindOC, the non-profit entity which he co-found to support BeWell OC, a private/public/faith based/academic coalition aims to transform the mental health system. His past positions include Regional Executive Medical Director, Southern California Region Providence Health System and Senior Medical Director for Health Services at L.A. Care Health Plan. He was also the Co-Principal Investigator for a multi-year Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation grant in Transforming Clinical Practice. He started his career in the public sector working for 13 years for Orange County Behavioral Health Services. He is also a Lecturer for the UCLA School of Public Health, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Director for the Transcultural Psychiatry Curriculum at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Appointed by the 23rd US Secretary of Health and Human Services, he served on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee from 2017-2020.

Dr. Chau obtained his MD degree from the University of Minnesota and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Chelsea University. He is currently pursuing a Master in Sustainability Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University.

Dr. Chau has conducted international trainings in the areas of health care integration, health care system reform, cultural competency, veteran’s health, trauma, homelessness and mental health policy.