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 is the founder and director of The Women’s Mental Health Center at Psych Associates of Maryland. Dr. Brownley evaluates and treats patients, provides expert opinion consultations to other physicians, provides interdisciplinary training to community 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.

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, adjustment disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, intrapartum or postpartum depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety - generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, intrapartum or postpartum anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Trauma - Acute stress disorder, Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Grief

Dr. Brownley provides care that is focused on the needs of her patients, working to meet women exactly where they are. Each person brings their genetic makeup, past events and experiences, personality traits, and habits of mind and body. Therefore, an effective treatment plan must be tailored to the individual and requires a multifaceted approach. Dr. Brownley prioritizes using the fewest medications possible to achieve symptom remission and encourages non-pharmacologic interventions as part of her treatment plans.

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.

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