Maija Bruzas, PhD

Education & Training

  • Villanova University: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Northern Arizona University: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology-Health Psychology focus
  • Bowling Green State University: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD)-Health Psychology focus
  • Indiana University School of Medicine: 1-year Internship in Clinical Psychology- Health Psychology focus
  • Perelman School of Medicine and Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania: 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Weight and Eating Disorder clinical treatment and research

Clinical Experiences

  • Academic medical centers and hospitals
  • Psychotherapy for chronic medical illnesses
  • Pain psychology and treatment of injury-related posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Behavioral weight loss treatment
  • Eating disorder psychological treatment
  • Bariatric surgery psychological evaluations
  • Behavioral treatment of sleep disorders
  • Organ transplant psychological evaluations
  • Psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders

Additional Experiences

  • Co-authored multiple articles and delivered presentations for conferences about weight and eating disorders
  • Helped conduct three randomized controlled trials
  • Co-developed a health behavior change program incorporating principles of mindfulness and self-compassion


  • Hiking and exploring nature
  • Running, kayaking, yoga, scuba diving
  • Nutritious cooking
  • Practicing Spanish and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries
  • Growing and caring for plants and flowers
  • Mindfulness
  • Sci-fi books