Tom Tarshis, MD, MPH
Founder and Medical Director, Bay Area Children’s Association, Cupertino, CA
Thomas Tarshis, MD, MPH is the founder and Medical Director of the Bay Area Children’s Association located in Cupertino, California. He is a board certified child, adolescent and adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Tarshis grew up in San Jose, California, attending Leigh High School. He spent his undergraduate years at UC Berkeley where he majored in Zoology and became interested in epidemiological research when he began working for Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California. This led to graduate school in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, and then medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
After spending 6 years in Michigan, Dr. Tarshis pursued training in adult psychiatry at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ where he learned Spanish to better serve patients and spent time working at several great community service agencies including Chicanos por la Causa and St. Vincent de Paul which offered free medical services to the homeless and uninsured. Dr. Tarshis returned to the Bay Area in 2003 at the National Institutes of Mental Health research fellowship combined with child psychiatry training at Stanford University. He narrowed his research interest to bullying and victimization in elementary schools, and developed and tested a self-report questionnaire for students down to 3rd grade.
Towards the end of his training in 2006, Dr. Tarshis decided to try to create a well-run, scientifically based, mental health agency that would provide coordinated care for families in one location. While getting started, he worked part-time for the homeless clinic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and have continued to occasionally work at the psychiatric emergency room (EPS) for the county.
Dr. Tarshis realized that to solve mental health problems in children the entire family unit must participate in treatment. Rarely is there a condition that can be cured through medication alone. At Bay Area Children’s Association people will receive a thorough, non-rushed evaluation and be given several treatment options that may be of benefit. It is then up to the family to decide which treatments are a good fit for them. There is no pressure to choose one form of treatment over any other treatment.
Dr. Tarshis is currently Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford, and enjoy teaching all levels of mental health trainees. He still conducts work on bullying and victimization and has a book coming out in April 2010, “Living with Peer Pressure and Bullying”, written for teens.