The Frances O'Malley Endowed Chair in Neuroscience History

Joel Braslow, MD, PhD

Joel Braslow is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Department of History. Trained as a historian and psychiatrist, his work examines the social, cultural, historical, and scientific context of treatment practices for severe mental illness. His research has ranged from early twentieth-century American psychiatric practices ("Mental Ills and Bodily Cures") to contemporary policy and care for severe mental illness. Dr. Braslow is the director of Neuroscience History Archives at UCLA's Brain Research Institute and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Center for the Study of Neuropsychopharmacology at UCLA. Dr. Braslow, along with Dr. John Brekke, is the principal investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health study titled "California MHS Act: Impact on Practice & Organizational Culture in Public Clinics".