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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:

  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry

Research Interest:

  • History of Psychiatry
  • Health Policy
  • Education

Academic Appointment:

  • Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Laura D. Hirshbein, American Melancholy: Constructions of Depression in the Twentieth Century. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009. (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine series)
  • Laura D. Hirshbein, "Scientific Research and Corporate Influence: Smoking, Mental Illness, and the Tobacco Industry," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 67 (2012): 374-397.
  • Laura D. Hirshbein, "Looking Back to the Future of Psychopharmacology," Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 200 (2012): 1109-1112.
  • Laura D. Hirshbein, "'Our Little Patients': A History of Hospitalized Children at the University of Michigan, 1890-2011," Journal of Family History 38 (2013): 321-343.
  • Laura D. Hirshbein, "Politics, Profit, and Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Case Study of Tobacco Use Disorder," American Journal of Public Health 104 (2014): 2076-2084.
  • Laura D. Hirshbein, Smoking Privileges: Psychiatry, the Mentally Ill, and the Tobacco Industry in America. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2015. (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine series)