Dr. Brandon Bentzley has graciously accepted our invitation to join us for “Ask the Doctor” where most of the evening provides an opportunity for audience members to ask questions on topics such as medications and treatments.
Dr. Bentzley is a psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford’s School of Medicine. His current research focuses on the role of dopamine in economic decisions and developing neurostimulation-based treatments for severe depression and suicidality.
Dr. Bentzley received his Bachelor’s degree in physics from The College of New Jersey. After graduating, he spent a year conducting plasma physics research in a joint project between Princeton and NASA. He then turned to his interest in neuro-science and began his training in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at the Medical University of South Carolina. There, he completed his dissertation research studying the behavioral economics and neuroeconomics of substance use disorders. Simultaneously, he conducted clinical research on buprenorphine maintenance therapy, focusing on how patient perspectives influence treatment.