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Mical Raz

  • Visiting Associate Professor

PhD, Tel Aviv University, 2007

Fax: (585) 756-4425
mraz@ur.rochester.edu


Field

Global History

Research Overview

Mical Raz, MD, PhD, MSHP, completed her medical training at Tel Aviv University, from where she also received a PhD in history of medicine. Before moving to the US for a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, she worked at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2015, followed by a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a practicing hospitalist, and is board certified in internal medicine. 

She is the author of The Lobotomy Letters: The Making of American Psychosurgery (U of Rochester 2013), which was awarded the Pressman- Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award. Her second book, What's Wrong with the Poor? Race, Psychiatry and the War on Poverty (UNC 2013), was a 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. 
A historian of American psychiatry, Raz is interested in the intersection of psychiatry, poverty and politics.

Her current research project is a history of child abuse policy in the United States, from the 1970s and onwards.  The book, tentatively titled Abusive Policies: Race, Poverty and the Making of American Child Abuse, is under contract with UNC Press.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • Fall 2019:  TBD

Selected Publications

  • Raz M. and Beatty, B., “Replacing the "Word Gap" with Non-stigmatizing Approaches to Early Literacy and Language Building,” forthcoming, Pediatrics.
  • Raz, M. Psychiatrists and the Transformation of Juvenile Justice in Philadelphia, 1965-72, forthcoming, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.
  • Doroshow, D, Gambino M, and Raz, M, "New Directions in the Historiography of Psychiatry,”, accepted, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.
  • Raz, M. “Lessons from History: Parents Anonymous and Child Abuse Prevention Policy,” Pediatrics December, 2017, 140(6).
  • Raz, M.  “Unintended Consequences of Expanded Mandatory Reporting Laws,” Pediatrics, April 2017, 139 (4),2016-3511.
  • Raz, M. Treating Addiction or Reducing Crime? Methadone Maintenance and Drug Policy under the Nixon Administration, Journal of Policy History, 2017, 29(1): 58–86
  • Raz, M. Deprived of Touch: How Maternal and Sensory Deprivation Theory Converged in Shaping Early Debates over Autism, History of the Human Sciences, 2014, 27(2): 75-96.
  • Raz, M. The Deprivation Riots: Psychiatry as Politics in the 1960s, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2013, 21(6):345-50.
  • Raz, M “What We Get Wrong About the Poverty Gap In Education,” Made by History, Washington Post, July 2, 2018.
  • Raz, M “More Mandatory Reporting Won’t Keep Children Safe From Predators” Made by History, Washington Post, May 1,,2018.
  • Raz, M and Doroshow, D. “Wordsworth Case Shows it's Time to Rethink 'Treatment' for Juveniles, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 2016, available http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20161103_Commentary__Wordsworth_case_shows_it_s_time_to_rethink__treatment__for_juveniles.html
  • Raz, M. “DHS Must Rethink Care of Children and Families”, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 16,2016,available http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20160916_Commentary__DHS_must_rethink_care_of_children_and_families.html

Selected Book Covers