Michael Brus, M.D.

B.A., University of Pennsylvania

M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine
Residency in Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Board Certified, Psychiatry

Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Clinical Instructor, Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry

 

 

About Dr. Brus

 

Dr. Brus grew up in Madison, New Jersey. After graduating in 1999 with a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked as a political journalist for Slate.com.

 

He then switched careers and entered the mental health field, starting out as a social worker in the early 2000s. He worked in a homeless shelter for a year and then spent several years as a case manager for chronically mentally ill patients suffering from schizophrenia and psychosis.

 

After deciding to become a psychiatrist, Dr. Brus earned his M.D. from the top-ranked University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he was trained by some of the leading psychopharmacologists and psychotherapists in the country.

 

He currently teaches and supervises psychiatry students as a Mount Sinai faculty member. By sitting on the faculty of one of the leading medical schools in the country, Dr. Brus is on the front lines of the latest mental health research. He is passionate about applying these advances to better serve his patients.

 

Dr. Brus is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). He has the distinction of being one of fewer than 800 people worldwide to be certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the leading indicator of CBT skill and expertise. He is a CBT supervisor for psychiatry residents at Mount Sinai. To read more about CBT, click here. To read why it's important that your therapist use a technique that is proven to help, click here.

He is also an expert in Dialectial Behavioral Thearapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). He has been trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, the premier DBT training organization, established by the treatment's founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan. He has conducted a daylong DBT training for the National Association of Social Workers and has taught numerous DBT skills groups. He is also proud to be one of the first clinicians in New York City to practice RO-DBT, a new treatment for disorders of "overcontrol," such as treatment-resistant major depression and anorexia nervosa. He has been intensively trained in RO-DBT by the treatment's founder, Thomas Lynch. (To read more about DBT, click here. To read more about RO-DBT, click here.)

 

He has published many peer-reviewed scientific articles, led training seminars for clinicians at conferences and hospitals, and continues to write for mainstream publications on psychiatric issues. 

Michael Brus MD, psychiatrist, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, dialectical behavior therapy, buprenorphine, Suboxone, New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Mount Sinai, slate.com, anxiety, depression, addiction, borderline, medication, 12 step

You can read more about Dr. Brus's career change from journalism to psychiatry in this article he wrote for Slate.

Michael Brus MD, psychiatrist, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, dialectical behavior therapy, buprenorphine, Suboxone, New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Mount Sinai, slate.com, anxiety, depression, addiction, borderline, medication, 12 step


"I love being a psychiatrist. I love helping people achieve what they want out of life. I chose to become an expert in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology so that I could design a unique and specialized program of healing for each of my patients." 

 

 

Michael Brus MD, psychiatrist, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, dialectical behavior therapy, buprenorphine, Suboxone, New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Mount Sinai, slate.com, anxiety, depression, addiction, borderline, medication, 12 step

To read more about the Academy of Cognitive Therapy's rigorous standards for certification, click here.

Michael Brus MD, psychiatrist, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, dialectical behavior therapy, buprenorphine, Suboxone, New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Mount Sinai, slate.com, anxiety, depression, addiction, borderline, medication, 12 step

Click here to read Dr. Brus's article for Slate on how tennis players and other athletes can literally talk themselves into winning or losing.

Michael Brus MD, psychiatrist, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, dialectical behavior therapy, buprenorphine, Suboxone, New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Mount Sinai, slate.com, anxiety, depression, addiction, borderline, medication, 12 step

He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of several other professional organizations, including the the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Association for Behavioral and Cogntivie Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

 

In 2014, he was chosen by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) as one of the country's rising stars in mental health

 

He is a licensed physician in New York State and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a DEA-certified prescriber of buprenorphine (Suboxone) opioid replacement therapy. 

 

 

 

Scientific Publications and Presentations

 

 

General Principles of Psychotherapy

Asher B. Simon and Michael Brus

Mount Sinai Expert Guides: Psychiatry, Ed. Asher B. Simon, Antonia S. New, and Wayne K. Goodman. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2017. 44-51 

Adult ADHD vs. Bipolar Disorder in the DSM-5 Era: A Challenging Differentiation for Clinicians

Brus MJ, Solanto MV, and Goldberg JF

Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 2014 Nov 20(6):428-37 

To read the abstract, click here.

 

Psychiatry Trainees’ Antidepressant Prescribing Practices

Brus MJ, Iosifescu DV, Simon AB

           Presented at:

-Mount Sinai GME Research Day, June 2013

-American Psychiatric Association, annual meeting, May 2013

-Anxiety and Depression Association of America, annual meeting, April 2013

-Mount Sinai IME Education Research Day, April 2013

 

Thyroid (T3) Supplementation in a Woman with Treatment-Resistant Major Depression

           Clinical Grand Rounds lecture

            Presented to Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry, April 2, 2013

            Discussant: Dan V. Iosifescu, M.D.

 

Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia: A Review of Modalities and their Evidence Base

Brus M, Novakovic V, and Friedberg A

Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 40(4) 609-616, 2012

To read the abstract, click here.

 

HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Among 12th-Grade Students in Southern India, Before and After an HIV-Education Session

Brus MJ and Jennit A

Journal of Communicable Diseases, 42(2) 123-133, 2010

To read the abstract, click here.

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