Louann Brizendine, M.D., (born December 30, 1952) is an American scientist, a neuropsychiatrist who is both a researcher and a clinician and professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).. She is the author of two books: The Female Brain, and The Male Brain (published in 2010).
|Alma mater||UC Berkeley, Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School|
|Known for||Research on the effect of reproductive hormones on the brain and behavior|
Research and career
Brizendine's research concerns women's moods and hormones. She graduated in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, attended Yale School of Medicine, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and is an endowed clinical professor. She joined the faculty of UCSF Medical Center at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute in 1988, and now holds the Lynne and Marc Benioff-endowed chair of psychiatry. At UCSF, Brizendine carries out clinical, teaching, writing, and research activities.
Brizendine also teaches courses to medical students, residents, and other physicians throughout the country, on the neurobiology of hormones, mood disorders, anxiety problems, and changes in sexual interest due to hormones.
Bestselling author status
Brizendine's book The Female Brain was reviewed both positively and negatively, especially one piece of content pertaining to linguistics and language. She later acknowledged that this book overemphasized gender-based differences, saying: "Males and females are more alike than they're different. After all, we are the same species".
Brizendine did her undergraduate work from 1972–76 at UC Berkeley, where she received a bachelor of arts in neurobiology. She studied for her MD from 1976–81 at the Yale School of Medicine. She subsequently did a residency in psychiatry, MMHC, from 1982–85 at the Harvard Medical School.
From 1985–88, Brizendine was on the faculty at Harvard, and from 1988 onwards at UC San Francisco.
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- The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic
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