History and Social Studies of Medicine, UCLA

The History and Social Studies of Medicine Program is a community of scholars using a diverse set of research methodologies to understand the health and medical problems of today within their historical and sociocultural context.  Our programs include field and archival research, the development of archival collections, the creation of educational websites, the sponsorship of fellowships and of lecture and seminar programs.  Through our research and collaborative projects, we seek to better understand and evaluate the best practices for providing health services in Los Angeles, by uniting the expertise of academic historians and social scientists with the experience of health providers and policy makers.

The program is led by Joel Braslow, MD, PhD, and includes Marcia Meldrum, PhD, Associate Researcher; Sarah Starks, Program Scientist; Erin Kelly, Howard Padwa and Rena Selya, Postdoctoral Fellows; and Russell Johnson, History of Biomedical Sciences Archivist; Ronald Calderon, Staff Research Assistant.

Visit our websites at:  histpubmh.semel.ucla.edu, leorangell.org, and cshn.pendari.com .

Our major projects in 2014 include:

1) a multi-year NIMH-funded study of the implementation of MHSA in Los Angeles County, in collaboration with LAD DMH and Dr. John Brekke of USC.

2) a historical project to collect documents and other materials which tell the story of public mental health in LA and in California, and to make these available through an interpretive website.

3) evaluations of the Low Income Health Plan  for low-income Los Angeles County residents and of courr-ordered outpatient treatment programs across the United States

4) an essay history of the Society for Neuroscience 1969-1995 and a supporting multi-media website