Louann Brizendine, MD - Contact Information

Brizendine, Louann

Title: Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Psychiatry; Clinical Professor; Director, The Female Brain Clinic


Yale University Medical School, MD

Postgraduate Training:

Harvard University, Psychiatry Residency

Biography Summary:

Dr. Brizendine graduated from UC, Berkeley in Neurobiology, Yale University in Medicine and Harvard Medical School in Psychiatry.   She served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco.  At UCSF, Dr. Brizendine pursues active clinical, teaching, writing and research activities. She holds the Lynne and Marc Beniofff endowed chair in psychiatry. 

Dr. Brizendine is also the author of The Female Brain, being translated into 26 languages, and more recently, The Male Brain published in 2010.

Clinical Expertise:

women's moods, depression, anxiety as they relate to the effects of hormones on the female brain.

Educational Expertise:

the female brain, women's hormones, treatment of depression in women, treatment of sexual complaints in women, PMS, teenage girls mood, sex and anxiety complaints, pregnancy and moods, postpartum depression and anxiety, perimenopause and mood, sleep and sexual complaints postmenopause and depression, sexual complaints and memory complaints

Research Areas:

hormones in women's psychiatry; in 1994, Dr. Brizendine founded the UCSF Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic (now the Female Brain Clinic) and continues to serve as it's director. The Female Brain Clinic is a unique psychiatric clinic designed to assess and treat women of all ages experiencing disruption of mood, energy, anxiety, sexual function and well-being due to hormonal influences on the brain.  In addition Dr. Brizendine instructs and supervises residents, fellows, and medical students in this Clinic throughout the year helping young doctors learn more about this important area in women's mental, sexual and physical health.

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Campus Location: Parnassus

Publications on PubMed »

Depression Specialty Clinic
Medication Management Clinic
Women's Mood & Hormone Clinic – Moms Program
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