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. She has worked at the Malcom Randall VA Hospital in a variety of capacities over the past 18 years. Her interests include inpatient care, neuromodulation, treatment refractory depression and psychosis and community psychiatry. She worked on the inpatient psychiatric service at the VA for a total of 10 years, with a focus on psychotic disorders. Beginning in 2006 and spanning the next decade, she revitalized and grew the electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy program at the VA. She then turned her sights to transcranial magnetic therapy and founded the TMS program at the VA in 2016. Finally, over the past 2 years, she has developed the ketamine/esketamine program at the VA. She continues to be clinically active in all forms of neuromodulation, in- and outpatient consultations for treatment refractory illness and she sees both inpatients and outpatients at the VA.

Dr. Bruijnzeel also has a strong interest in community psychiatry. She volunteered her services at the Helping Hands clinic weekly for over ten years during residency and the beginning of her faculty position. She then worked with community programs through the VA from 2012 through 2016. In the past year, she established a Street Psychiatry program that is funded by a collaborative grant with Grace Marketplace. This program brings psychiatric care to unhoused individuals who are otherwise unable to access services.

She has served in a number of administrative roles including Chief of Psychiatry Service at the Malcom Randall VA from 2018-2022. She is now Associate Chief for Inpatient Services at the VA.

Lastly, she greatly enjoys her role as an educator with the Department of Psychiatry within the UF College of Medicine. She provides clinical teaching and didactics to psychiatry residents, medical students and other trainees.

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

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2018
MDC7830 Psychiatry Clerkship
2018
MDT7840 Elect Top/Psychiatry
2018
PAS5125 Psychiatry
2021-2025
PAS5020 Intro to Medicine 2
2021-2022
MDU4001 Introduction to Medical Science Seminar 1

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

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-8275-7845

Publications

2024
Update on Cognitive Enhancers Among the Older Adult Population: A Clinical Review.
Current psychiatry reports. 26(3):73-77 [DOI] 10.1007/s11920-024-01484-6. [PMID] 38381305.
2021
Rodent models for nicotine withdrawal.
Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England). 35(10):1169-1187 [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.
2013
Risk factors for incomplete bladder emptying after midurethral sling.
Urology. 82(5):1038-41 [PMID] 24358480.
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
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

Grants

Jan 2024 ACTIVE
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry Psychiatry Street Outreach
Role: Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Funding: ALACHUA CO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS via ALACHUA CNTY
Jan 2023 – Dec 2023
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry Psychiatry Street Outreach
Role: Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Funding: ALACHUA CO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS via US DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Education

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

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 376-1611
Emails:
Business:
dheron@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100256
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Business Street:
PO BOX 100256
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 326100256