About the Research Track

Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD


A.B. in Economics, with Honors, Harvard College M.A. in Economics, University of Toronto M.D. and Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Case Western Reserve University

Postgraduate Training:

UCSF Psychiatry Resident Research Track Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program, Harvard University

Research Focus:

Mental health and health-related behavior among HIV+ women in under-resourced settings

Dr. Tsai received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and his M.D. and Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Case Western Reserve University. During his doctoral studies, he won numerous honors and awards for his research, including the David E. Rogers Fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine, the Harvey Fellowship from the Mustard Seed Foundation, and the Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine.

During his psychiatric residency at UCSF, he was named a Global Health Clinical Scholar and chose to work with Drs. David Bangsberg and Sheri Weiser in the SFGH Division of HIV/AIDS, and his research focused on mental health, women’s empowerment, and HIV in under-resourced settings. He was named a Laughlin Fellow by the American College of Psychiatrists and received several awards for his research, including the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award and the Outstanding Resident Research Award from the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Tsai published his residency projects as first author in the Archives of General Psychiatry and the American Journal of Public Health.

In the year following his graduation from residency, Dr. Tsai received the APA Health Services Research Early Career Award, given annually to a single psychiatrist under the age of 40, and the NIMH Early Career Investigator International Travel Award to attend the World Mental Health Congress in Cape Town. To date, Dr. Tsai has published 23 original research articles, including 12 as first author, as well as 6 commentaries and case reports. He has 9 manuscripts currently under review. He has presented his research worldwide, including AcademyHealth in 2002, 2004, and 2005; the Global Forum for Health Research in 2007; the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in 2009, 2010, and 2011; the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in 2009; the Sexual Violence Research Initiative in 2009 and 2011; the International AIDS Conference in 2010; the International Workshop on HIV Observation Databases in 2010; and the International AIDSImpact Conference in 2011. Currently, Dr. Tsai is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Harvard University. He plans to submit a K23 application next year.