Thomas Blair, M.D., M.S.

Thomas Blair, M.D., M.S.

Department affiliations: 

Associate Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente of Southern California

Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Research interest: 


Dr. Blair is an Associate Physician in Psychiatry at Kaiser-Permanente.  He completed his residency in Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in 2016, after receiving his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco (2012) and his M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley (2010). His research deals with mental health services, medical education, and the history of medicine, with an emphasis on the relationships between health systems and the individuals who engage with them, as understood through historical, ethnographic, and epidemiological methods. With special attention to issues of justice and access to care, he has applied these parameters to various populations, including mental health care providers for people in solitary confinement, community health workers helping elder immigrants to California, and parents of infants with unexplained scalp masses. Current projects include an oral and archival history of the psychiatric response to HIV/AIDS in San Francisco and a study of personal and structural factors shaping psychiatric emergency room workflow at UCLA.  

Selected publications:

Blair TR. Plague Doctors in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Mental Health Professionals and the “San Francisco Model,” 1981-1990. Bulletin of the History of Medicine; accepted June 2015.

Blair TR and Reiter K. Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness: Ethical Challenges for Clinicians. Health and Human Rights Journal; published online July 2, 2015.

Blair TR. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Then and Now. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171(11), 1160-1161, November 2014.

DeBonis K, Blair TR, Payne S, Wigan K, Kim S. Viability of a Web-Based Module for Teaching Electrocardiogram Reading Skills to Psychiatry Residents: Learning Outcomes and Trainee Interest. Academic Psychiatry; published online November 13, 2014.

Blair TR. “Community Ambassadors” for South Asian Elder Immigrants: Late-Life Acculturation and the Roles of Community Health Workers. Social Science & Medicine, 75(10), 1769-1777, November 2012.