Brian C. Schweinsburg, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Brian Schweinsburg trained in clinical psychology and neuropsychology at the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program, where he worked with Dr. Igor Grant. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego VA Healthcare System. Dr. Schweinsburg joined the faculty in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and later Yale University prior to joining the UConn Health Department of Psychiatry faculty. He served as a research psychologist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and also founded a neuropsychology clinic dedicated to providing cognitive assessment and rehabilitation services to veterans. Dr. Schweinsburg’s background is unique in that he has substantial experience in clinical research and technical aspects of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, which provides the foundation for his approach to clinical neuropsychological assessment and training.
Dr. Schweinsburg is broadly interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of the relationship between cognition and emotion as risk factors for developing addictive behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse. He combines tools such as magnetic resonance spectroscopy, functional MRI, and diffusion spectrum imaging with cognitive assessment to address his clinical and research questions. Further, he is interested in the application of advanced mathematical techniques to enhance neuropsychological interpretation and diagnosis.
|B.A.||University of North Carolina||Psychology|
|Ph.D.||San Diego State University/University of California San Diego||Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)|
|Name of Award/Honor||Awarding Organization|
|NIH Loan Repayment Program||National Institutes of Health|
|VA Research Enhancement Award Program Traineeship – Cognitive Imaging in the Management and Diagnosis of Dementing Disorders||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Division 40 Student Research Award||American Psychological Association|
|David Bray Peele Memorial Research Grant for Honors Studies||University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill|
|Psychology Honors Program||University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill|
|University Trademark Scholarship||University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill|
Dr. Schweinsburg provides clinical neuropsychological services to children and adults. His work with the pediatric population includes serving those individuals aged 4 and beyond, including but not limited to children with behavioral difficulties, medical complications including brain injury, and neurodevelopmental difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, and learning disabilities. Dr. Schweinsburg provides assessments for adults with cognitive complaints including those with substantial medical and psychiatric complications like infectious disease and substance dependence, as examples.
He works with families and individuals to identify their most significant neuropsychological and emotional problems and determine their impact on daily function. The cognitive assessment and recommendations are customized for each individual, and Dr. Schweinsburg’s ultimate goal is to provide insights that improve clients’ everyday functioning.
Dr. Schweinsburg is interested in the neurobiology of addiction and the cognitive-affective factors that make individuals vulnerable to developing substance abuse.