Alexander C. Tsai
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Elected 2021

Alexander Tsai, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on understanding how large-scale social pathogens such as stigma, discrimination, and structural violence affect the distribution of mental health outcomes, with the aim of improving health equity worldwide. A secondary focus of his research has been to discern how social policy can be used to address social determinants and shift the distribution of mental health outcomes so as to protect the most vulnerable. The findings from these research studies have been cited in U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs, U.S. Congressional legislation, and policy statements by major medical and public health organizations. Among his interdisciplinary editorial responsibilities, he serves as Founding Co-Editor in Chief of Social Science and Medicine - Mental Health. Prior to joining the faculty at Mass General, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in population health science through the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Harvard University.