Alexander C. Tsai, M.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Psychiatry, Health Services Research, Economics

Area(s) of Expertise:
Mental Health Treatment Externalities, Social and Economic Determinants of Mental Health


Alexander Tsai is a board-certified psychiatrist and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Health Services Early Career Award, presented annually to one psychiatrist under the age of 40. In the fall of 2012 he will join the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tsai conducts research on the development, cultural adaptation, testing, and population health effects of interventions to improve the health, mental health, and economic well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations. Currently he is leading an integrated intervention study of clean water, microfinance, and social networks in Mbarara, Uganda; and a longitudinal study of mobile phone-supported, community health worker screening for perinatal depression in Khayelitsha, South Africa. He also has secondary interests in studying quality and bias in industry-funded efficacy studies of medications to treat serious mental illnesses.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Alexander C. Tsai's available publications in PubMed.