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Louann Brizendine

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Louann Brizendine
Louann Brizendine in 2009.
Born (1952-12-30) December 30, 1952 (age 71)
Alma materUC Berkeley, Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Known forResearch on the effect of reproductive hormones on the brain and behavior
Scientific career

Louann Brizendine (born December 30, 1952)[1] is an American scientist, a neuropsychiatrist[2] who is both a researcher and a clinician and professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the author of three books: The Female Brain (2006), The Male Brain (2010), and The Upgrade (2022).[3]


Brizendine did her undergraduate work from 1972 to 1976 at UC Berkeley, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in neurobiology. She studied for her MD from 1976 to 1981 at the Yale School of Medicine. She subsequently did a residency in psychiatry, MMHC, from 1982 to 1985 at the Harvard Medical School.

Research and career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In 1994, Brizendine founded the UCSF Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic,[4] and continues to serve as its director.[5]


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".[6]

The Female Brain was loosely adapted as a romantic comedy movie of the same name in 2017. Brizendine served as the inspiration for the film's main character.[7]

She has also written The Male Brain and admitted that her books emphasize the differences between men and women, which has led to her "best-selling" success.[2]


  • The Female Brain. Morgan Road/Broadway Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0-7679-2009-4.
  • The Male Brain. Three Rivers Press/Crown Publishing. 2010. ISBN 978-0-7679-2754-3.


  1. ^ "Brizendine, Louann, 1952-". id.loc.gov. The Library of Congress.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b Bazelon, Emily (25 March 2010). "A Mind of His Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. ^ "The Upgrade". Dr. Louann Brizendine. Retrieved 2022-12-03.
  4. ^ "The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic". Archived from the original on 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  5. ^ Kapp, Diana (12 February 2010). "The Male Brain: Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine on her inevitably best-selling new book". Elle. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ Tugend, Alina. "Engendering Sons". California (Winter 2014): 48–49.
  7. ^ Roznovsky, Nicholas (27 June 2017). "'The Female Brain' movie premieres in Los Angeles". UCSF Psychiatry News. UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Retrieved 5 July 2017.

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