Women's Psychiatrist

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

Women's Psychiatrist

Dr. Julie Brownley completed a combined M.D. and Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with targeted training in women’s mood disorders and brain stimulation.

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 depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, insomnia and grief.

Everyone brings their genetic makeup, past events and experiences, personality traits, and habits of mind and body to the table. 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 planning.

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 through providing education, training, consultations and expert care of women in our community.

Outside of her work with The Washington Center for Women’s and Children’s Wellness, Dr. Brownley is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she teaches resident physicians.