Dawn-Christi M Bruijnzeel

Dawn-Christi M Bruijnzeel, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department: MD-PSYCHIATRY
Business Phone: (352) 376-1611
Business Email: dheron@ufl.edu

About Dawn-Christi M Bruijnzeel

Dr. Bruijnzeel received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in Neurobiological Sciences. She also completed medical school and the general psychiatry residency program at the University of Florida. Throughout her training, she developed an interest in schizophrenia and community psychiatry. She spent almost 7 years working on the inpatient psychiatric unit at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center where she ran a treatment team for patients with psychosis. In late 2011, she transitioned to a VA outpatient program called Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) that combines her interests in serious mental illness and community work. The program helps veterans with mental illness reintegrate into the community. In 2016, she once again moved back onto the inpatient psychiatry unit at the VA, where she currently serves as medical director and manages an inpatient team for veterans with psychotic disorders.

 

Dr. Bruijnzeel’s other clinical focus is the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as a treatment for mood disorders and thought disorders. As Director of ECT Services at the VA, she performs evaluations and ECT treatments for veterans. She has expanded the ECT program and is also working on establishing a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) program at the VA.

Accomplishments

Distinguished Fellow
2014 · American Psychiatric Association
Fellow
2013 · American Psychiatric Association
APA-Aventis Fellowship for Women
2004 · American Psychiatric Association
John E. Adams Memorial Academic Achievement Award
2004 · University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry
PGY-3 Resident of the Year
2004 · University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry
Resident Educator Award for Excellence in Medical Education
2004 · University of Florida, College of Medicine
John E. Adams Memorial Academic Achievement Award
2003 · University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry
Richard C. Christensen, MD Community Service Award
2003 · University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Psychiatry
Subspecialties
  • Adult Psychiatry
Areas of Interest
  • Depression
  • Depression in older adults
  • Major depression
  • Major depression with psychotic features
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizotypal personality disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder

Publications

2021
Rodent models for nicotine withdrawal.
Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England). [DOI] 10.1177/02698811211005629. [PMID] 33888006.
2018
Antipsychotic Polypharmacy: State of the Science and Guidelines for Practice. It’s difficult to stop once you start.
Asian journal of psychiatry. 33:A1-A2 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajp.2018.04.024. [PMID] 29706178.
2018
Stop Chasing One’s Tail: Resist the Practice of Treating Serial Side-Effects.
Asian journal of psychiatry. 31:A1-A2 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajp.2018.03.021. [PMID] 29631713.
2017
Antipsychotic treatment of schizophrenia. We can do better.
Asian journal of psychiatry. 28:A1-A2 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.07.027. [PMID] 28784411.
2017
Modelling schizophrenia: Opportunities and challenges.
Asian journal of psychiatry. 25 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.02.026. [PMID] 28262180.
2017
Pros and Cons of Medical Cannabis use by People with Chronic Brain Disorders.
Current neuropharmacology. 15(6):800-814 [DOI] 10.2174/1570159X14666161101095325. [PMID] 27804883.
2016
Spotlight on brexpiprazole and its potential in the treatment of schizophrenia and as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of major depression.
Drug design, development and therapy. 10:1641-7 [DOI] 10.2147/DDDT.S85089. [PMID] 27274197.
2015
Lurasidone in the treatment of schizophrenia: a critical evaluation.
Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy. 16(10):1559-65 [DOI] 10.1517/14656566.2015.1058780. [PMID] 26111577.
2014
Antipsychotic treatment of schizophrenia: an update.
Asian journal of psychiatry. 11:3-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajp.2014.08.002. [PMID] 25216917.
2013
Does change in definition of psychotic symptoms in diagnosis of schizophrenia in DSM-5 affect caseness?
Asian journal of psychiatry. 6(4):330-2 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajp.2013.05.011. [PMID] 23810142.
2012
A fatal case of adynamic ileus following initiation of clozapine.
The American journal of psychiatry. 169(5):538-9 [DOI] 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.11111625. [PMID] 22549212.
2011
A 56-Year-Old Man With Paranoid Delusions, Auditory Hallucinations, and Thought Blocking
Psychiatric Annals. 41(5):307-309 [DOI] 10.3928/00485713-20110524-04. [PMID] 24358480.
2011
The Concept of Schizophrenia: From the 1850S To the Dsm-5
Psychiatric Annals. 41(5):289-295 [DOI] 10.3928/00485713-20110425-08.
2003
Time to log off: New diagnostic criteria for problematic Internet use
. 2(4):21-29
1999
Cumulative effect of anatomical risk factors for schizophrenia: an MRI study
Biological Psychiatry. 46(3):374-382

Education

Residency – Psychiatry
2005 · University of Florida
Medical Degree
2001 · University of Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2018
MDC7830 Psychiatry Clerkship
2018
MDT7840 Elect Top/Psychiatry
2018
PAS5125 Psychiatry
2021
PAS5020 Intro to Medicine 2
2021
MDU4001 Introduction to Medical Science Seminar 1

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 376-1611
Emails:
Business:
dheron@ufl.edu