Joel Braslow, M.D., Ph.D.


Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Member, Brain Research Institute


Center for Health Services and Society

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: (800) 825-9989

Mailing Address:

UCLA Psychr and Behavorial Sciences
BOX 957082, UCLA Wilshire Cntr, Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Main Office
10920 Wilshere Blvd
Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90024


Dr. Braslow is a psychiatrist and historian whose work focuses on the social, cultural, and scientific constitution of therapeutic practices in medicine and psychiatry. His work examines twentieth-century American psychiatric practices, employing historical and health services research methods. He has been a faculty member in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences since 1992, and the UCLA Department of History since 1996. Dr. Braslow received his M.D. from Loma Linda University and his Ph.D. in History of Science from UCLA. His first book, "Mental Ills and Bodily Cures," examined the ways in which physicians employed somatic and biological therapies, and how these uses were shaped by social and cultural concerns. Currently, he is working on "Antipsychotic drugs: science, practice, and culture, a history of antipsychotic drugs" from the 1950s to the present. The primary aim of this project is to explore how social and cultural factors shape, and are shaped by, clinical and scientific practices. This project is funded by a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Career Development Award and aims to integrate methods from history, anthropology, and health services research.


A selected list of publications:

Bromley Elizabeth, Gabrielian Sonya, Brekke Benjamin, Pahwa Rohini, Daly Kathleen A, Brekke John S, Braslow Joel T   Experiencing Community: Perspectives of Individuals Diagnosed as Having Serious Mental Illness Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2013; .
Braslow Joel Tupper   The manufacture of recovery Annual review of clinical psychology, 2013; 9: 781-809.
Lizaola Elizabeth, Schraiber Ron, Braslow Joel, Kataoka Sheryl, Springgate Benjamin F, Wells Kenneth B, Jones Loretta   The Partnered Research Center for Quality Care: developing infrastructure to support community-partnered participatory research in mental health Ethnicity & disease, 2011; 21(3 Suppl 1): S1-58-70.
Bromley Elizabeth, Braslow Joel T   Teaching critical thinking in psychiatric training: a role for the social sciences The American journal of psychiatry, 2008; 165(11): 1396-401.
Braslow Joel T, Duan Naihua, Starks Sarah L, Polo Antonio, Bromley Elizabeth, Wells Kenneth B   Generalizability of studies on mental health treatment and outcomes, 1981 to 1996 Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2005; 56(10): 1261-8.
Braslow Joel T, Starks Sarah Linsley   The making of contemporary American psychiatry, Part 2: therapeutics and gender before and after World War II History of psychology, 2005; 8(3): 271-88.
Kravitz Richard L, Duan Naihua, Braslow Joel   Evidence-based medicine, heterogeneity of treatment effects, and the trouble with averages The Milbank quarterly, 2004; 82(4): 661-87.
Sherman Scott E, Chapman Audree, Garcia Daniel, Braslow Joel T   Improving recognition of depression in primary care: a study of evidence-based quality improvement Joint Commission journal on quality and safety, 2004; 30(2): 80-8.