Dr. Louann Brizendine's Clinic


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Director, Women's Mood & Hormone Clinic
Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Psychiatry

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry

UCSF Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic
Clinic appointments, call: 415-476-7500

Louann Brizendine, M.D. 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. 

In 1994, Dr. Brizendine founded the UCSF Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic and continues to serve as its' director. The Women's Mood and Hormone 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. She annually teaches courses to medical students and residents throughout the country addressing the topics of the brain effects of hormones, mood disorders, anxiety problems and sexual interest changes due to hormones. She is an expert on the effects of testosterone on sex drive in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.  Dr. Brizendine sees men, women and teen girls in the WMH clinic.

Dr. Brizendine has taken her interest in hormonal and health issues for girls and women into the public forum by lecturing, writing and consulting on the topics of development of the female brain, the teen girl brain, hormones, mood, memory and sexual function.  Her first book, THE FEMALE BRAIN, was published in 2006. She is now working on THE MALE BRAIN, due out in 2009.

Dr. Brizendine has expanded the clinic to include teen girls with mood, anxiety and depression related to hormones of the menstrual cycle.

How the changes in hormone levels effect the brain - and in particular - how hormones influence mood, irritability, anxiety, depresion, self-esteem, thinking, sleep, memory, sexual function and energy, are Dr. Brizendine's main research interests. 



1972-76    University of California, Berkeley: B.A., Neurobiology
1976-81    Yale School of Medicine: M.D.
1982-85    Harvard Medical School:Residency in Psychiatry

Faculty Appointments

1985-88    Faculty, Harvard University
1988--   -- Faculty, University of California, San Francisco


The Female Brain, 2006
forthcoming, The Male Brain, 2009

Media Contact

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