Reproductive Psychiatry is a field dedicated to the evidence-based care of women throughout the life stages. The American Psychiatry Association does not recognize the field. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has not set requirements for psychiatry residents to be educated in the care of women during the perinatal period... not in the entirety of 4 years of post-medical school training. If you've felt dismissed, or confused by the messaging from health care professionals, this is why. There is no training.
The stunning truth is that women still haven't achieved equity anywhere, and critically not within medicine.
Conflicting guidance, and outdated information create confusion, and doubt.
At Psychiatry for Women, we are passionate about ending the disparity affecting women in medicine. Our team are leaders in the field of Reproductive Psychiatry, pioneering dynamic education strategies to bring women across the country current and evidence-based information.
This is a grass roots movement.
The Dry, But Necessary Part of the Story
Dr. Julie Brownley is a board certified adult psychiatrist with a combined M.D., Ph.D. from 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, chronic migraine, and brain stimulation. She has published peer-reviewed research spanning molecular medicine to clinical psychiatry.
Dr. Brownley is a leader in the field of Reproductive Psychiatry.
She is a proud educator for the psychiatry residency training program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a consultant for the educational leadership team at SohoMD, a national telemental health company, which is leading the field in scaled remote psychiatric care.
About Dr. Julie Brownley
About Amy Rizkallah, PA-C
Amy Rizkallah, PA-C is a Palestinian-American physician assistant, practicing in Northern Virginia. Amy completed her Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She then completed a Master's of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University and a Master's of Science in Health Sciences and a certificate of Physician Assistant Studies from the UMB/AACC Collaborative Physician Assistant Program.
Amy is passionate about women's mental health and has undergone specialized training in reproductive psychiatry under the tutelage of Dr. Brownley. She takes a holistic approach to care by addressing the mental, spiritual, cultural, and physical needs of each patient. She utilizes a variety of modalities including prescribing medications, complementary and lifestyle treatments, as well as partnering collaboratively with a patient's mental health and medical team. Amy is fluent in English, Arabic, and Spanish.
Dr. Brownley was trained at Johns Hopkins, the home of The Women's Mood Disorders Center, one of the leading women's psychiatry teaching clinics in the nation. Driven by a thirst for knowledge, and powered by enhanced training culminating in a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine, Dr. Brownley is committed to knowing all there is to know about women's mental health.
In short, she eats, breathes, and sleeps this stuff.
We are LGBTQ inclusive.
If you want women-focused care, you've come to the right place.
Plans are not dictated. This is all about you! You deserve to understand why a recommendation is made, alternate options, the risks and benefits, and the research that backs it.
Patient Centered Care
Our team is committed to acknowledging where you've been, hearing your voice, and sharing your vision for the future. Treatment plans are developed to match your unique needs. Meeting you right where you are the moment you meet her, our provider will match the evidence-based options to target your symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Treatment is tailored to you, the unique individual.
The Psychiatry for Women team are sensitive and responsive to the diverse values, beliefs, religions, nationalities, sexualities, and gender identities of our patients.
The Psychiatry for Women Team members are committed to providing trauma-informed care that promotes a culture of safety, empowerment, and compassion for all patients.
What Professionals Say About Psychiatry For Women
“Dr. Julie Brownley is a psychologically minded, compassionate, and proactive clinician who approaches her work with a personal touch. Anti-oppression lives in her bones and shows up in her case conceptualizations, and her advocacy work. My patients have found her to be thoughtful, collaborative, engaging, and non-pathologizing. As a colleague, Dr. Brownley is sharp as a tack, highly collaborative, and demonstrates her compassion and clinical skill as she seamlessly considers all aspects of a patient's symptoms and life circumstances that contribute to their presentation. Dr. Brownley is one of my top go to referrals when my patients might benefit from medication."
Dr. Emery Ayers-Greenidge, Psy.D. Founder and Director of matriARC