Louann Brizendine

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Louann Brizendine
Residence California, USA
Citizenship USA
Nationality USA
Fields Medicine
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

Louann Brizendine M.D. (born December 30, 1952)[1] is an American scientist, a neuropsychiatrist who is both a researcher and a clinician. She is the author of two books: The Female Brain, and The Male Brain (published in 2010).

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.

In 1994 Brizendine founded the UCSF Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic,[2] and continues to serve as its director.

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.

Brizendine's book "The Female Brain" was reviewed both positively and negatively by numerous critics, especially one piece of content pertaining to linguistics and language. For more information, see The Female Brain. She later acknowledged that this book overemphasised gender-based differences, saying: "Males and females are more alike than they're differences. After all, we are the same species".[3]


Brizendine did her undergraduate work from 1972–76 at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a B.A in neurobiology. She studied for her M.D. 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.

Faculty appointments[edit]

From 1985–88, Brizendine was on the faculty at Harvard University, and from 1988 onwards at the University of California, San Francisco.




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