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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Laura D. Hirshbein, MD, PhD

Laura D. Hirshbein, MD, PhD

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
Hospital and Community Services


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Institute of the History of Medicine, 2000
  • MD, University of Michigan School of Medicine, 1997
  • BA, Oberlin College, 1989

Clinical Interest:

  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Inpatient Psychiatry

Research Interest:

  • History of Psychiatry
  • Health Services Research
  • Education

Academic Appointment:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Laura D. Hirshbein, "History, Memory, and Profession: A View of American Psychiatry Through the APA Presidents, 1844-2004," American Journal of Psychiatry 161 (2004): 1755-63.
  • Laura D. Hirshbein, "Biology and Mental Illness: A Historical Perspective," Journal of the American Medical Woman's Association 58 (2003): 89-94.
  • Laura Davidow Hirshbein, "The Senile Mind: Psychology and Old Age in the 1930s and 1940s," Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 38 (2002): 43-56.
  • Laura Davidow Hirshbein, "William Osler and The Fixed Period: Conflicting Medical and Popular Ideas about Old Age," Archives of Internal Medicine 161 (2001): 2074-8.
  • Laura Davidow Hirshbein, "'Normal' Aging, Senility, and the American Geriatrics Society in the 1940s" Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 55 (2000): 337-362.