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Julie Brownley, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of The Women's Mental Health Center at PAM

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Julie Brownley, M.D., Ph.D.

Julie Brownley, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of The Women's Mental Health Center at PAM

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Dr. Julie Brownley joined Psych Associates of Maryland in 2020 as the Director of The Women’s Mental Health Center. Dr. Brownley evaluates and treats patients, provides expert opinion consultations to other physicians, and leads staff professional skills development and education at The Women’s Mental Health Center.

Dr. Brownley received her Ph.D. in molecular medicine and her M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She completed her residency training in adult psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ranked 2nd in the nation for medical education in psychiatry at the time of graduation.     

Dr. Brownley specializes in the management of mental health issues associated with menstruation, pregnancy, the postpartum period, perimenopause, menopause, infertility, pregnancy loss, and birth trauma. She is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of women across all ages with symptoms of:

  • Depression - major depression, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia, adjustment disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, intrapartum or postpartum depression
  • Bipolar disorder - type 1 or 2
  • Anxiety - generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, eco/climate anxiety, intrapartum or postpartum anxiety
  • Trauma - Acute stress disorder, Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Grief - acute grief reaction, complicated grief
  • Personality disorders  
  • ADHD

Dr. Brownley prioritizes using the fewest medications possible to achieve symptom remission and encourages non-pharmacologic interventions as part of her treatment plans.  Dr. Brownley provides individualized psychotherapy utilizing principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive processing therapy for trauma (CPT), exposure therapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and compassion focused therapy (CFT).

Women account for more than half of people with psychiatric disorders. Despite this, training in women’s psychiatry is not mandatory for psychiatrists or other mental health professionals. Thus, women often struggle to get comprehensive and knowledgeable mental health care. Dr. Brownley is passionate about ending this disparity in the field of psychiatry by training providers in women’s psychiatry and dedicating her career to the treatment of women’s mental health.