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Brian C. Schweinsburg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
Psychiatry
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1410
Phone: 860-679-1815
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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.

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
B.A.University of North CarolinaPsychology
Ph.D.San Diego State University/University of California San DiegoClinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
NIH Loan Repayment ProgramNational Institutes of Health
VA Research Enhancement Award Program Traineeship – Cognitive Imaging in the Management and Diagnosis of Dementing DisordersU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Division 40 Student Research AwardAmerican Psychological Association
David Bray Peele Memorial Research Grant for Honors StudiesUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Psychology Honors ProgramUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University Trademark ScholarshipUniversity 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.

Journal Articles

  • Cortical thickness reduction in combat exposed U.S. veterans with and without PTSD.
    Wrocklage, Kristen M; Averill, Lynnette A; Cobb Scott, J; Averill, Christopher L; Schweinsburg, Brian; Trejo, Marcia; Roy, Alicia; Weisser, Valerie; Kelly, Christopher; Martini, Brenda; Harpaz-Rotem, Ilan; Southwick, Steven M; Krystal, John H; Abdallah, Chadi G European neuropsychopharmacology : the journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2017 Mar;