Dr. Tsuang, born Nov. 16, 1931 in Tainan, Taiwan, came to the United States in 1971. He received MD, National Taiwan University (1957), Ph.D. certificate, University of London (1965), and D.Sc., Faculty of Science, University of London (1981).
Dr. Tsuang worked as Intern and resident in psychology, National Taiwan University Hospital (1956-1961), associate professor and staff psychiatrist, National Taiwan University Hospital (1968-71), collaborating investigator, International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia, WHO (1966-71), visiting professor of psychiatry, Washington University of School of Medicine, St. Louis (1971-72), associate professor and professor of psychiatric epidemiology, University of Iowa College of Medicine (1972-82), lecturer, VA Hospital, Iowa City (1972-82), professor and vice chairman of psychiatry and human behavior, Brown University (1982-85), associate medical director and director of psychiatric epidemiology research unit, Butler Hospital, Providence (1982-85) , chief psychiatry and chairman, Center. for Mental Health, Brockton-West Roxbury
VA Medical Center and professor of psychiatry, Harvard University (1985-94), Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University (1993-2003 ), and Director, Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Genetics, Harvard University (1994-2003 ). In 2003, he joined the University of California San Jose as University Professor.
Dr. Tsuang's research has focused on identifying and clarifying susceptibility genes for schizophrenia and defining the environmental risk factors that contribute to the disease. One of his findings was that relatives of schizophrenic patients have structural abnormalities and cognitive deficits similar to their affected family member with schizophrenia, even if they appear non-symptomatic.
A prolific writer, Dr. Tsuang has more than 375 peer review publications, 75 chapters in scholarly monographs, and has written, edited or co-edited 16 books and monographs, including Genes and The Mind: Inheritance of Mental Illness (with R. Vandermey, 1980), Schizoaffective Psychoses (co-editor, 1986), Handbook of Schizophrenia (vol. 3, 1988), Affective and Schizoaffective Disorders, Similarities and Differences (1990), The Genetics of Mood Disorders (1990), and
Schizophrenia: The Facts (with S.V. Faraone, 2d ed., 1997).,. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Genetics, a section of the American Journal of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Tsuang received many awards: Clinical Research Award, American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists (1983), Rema Lapouse Award for Mental Health Epidemiology, APHA (1984), Stanley Dean Award for research on schizophrenia, American College of Psychiatrists (1989), Lifetime Achievement Award, International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (1995), Taiwanese-American. Award for Achievement in Science and Engineering (1995.), the National Institute of Mental Health Merit Award, the Noyes Award for Research in Schizophrenia, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Distinguished Investigator Award, the Paul H. Hoch Award of the American Psychopathological Association., the Taiwanese-American Award for Achievement in Science and Engineering, the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry for pioneering contributions in the field of biological psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association Award for Research in Psychiatry (2003).
Dr. Tsuang is a Member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Advisory Mental Health Council, Department of Health and Human Services. Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Psychiatrists, and British Royal Society of Psychiatrists, Fellow and President of the American Psychopathological Association, Council Member of the Taiwan National Health Research Institute, and member of the Academia Sinica.
Dr. Tsuang is married to Snow Huei S. Ko with three children, John, Debby, and Grace.