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Hotel/Motel Accomodations

For the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency Program, at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, 912 S. Wood Street, (312) 996-7380

Say you are coming for residency interviews at the University of Illinois Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and/or ask for the UIC group rate. Rates vary and are subject to room availability. Do also check the Internet; they are sometimes better than the negotiated rates.

Marriott Chicago at the Medical District (On-Campus, 10-min. walk to Neuropsychiatric Institute) 625 S. Ashland Ave.; Reservations: (800) 356-3641. Ask for UIC recruitment rate 25% discount. Free van service to interviews. Show UIC e-mail when checking in.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (10-min. drive to Neuropsychiatric Institute) 506 W. Harrison.
Reservations: 312 957-9100. Ask for Special UIC Rate; say you are coming for interviews at UIC. Rate is $169.00. No rooms 11/8-11/9 and 11/29-11/30.

Additional Accommodations
(Less than 20 minutes by car to UIC):
Approx. Room Rates Phone

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
1100 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 922-2900
(800) 472-6875
Oct 2016 - $139.00, Nov 2016 - $99.00, Dec 2016 - $95.00
Blackout: 11/4-5 ($179.00), 11/29/30 ($129.00)
Call hotel for UIC Department of Psychiatry Group Rate

Essex Inn
800 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 939-2800
$109.00 - $300.00++

Hostelling International Chicago
24 E. Congress Parkway
$30.00 & up
(312) 360-0300
(800) 909-4776 code 10

Doubletree Hotel -Magnificent Mile
300 E Ohio St. (at Navy Pier)
(312) 787-6100

Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe (on State Street)
$120.00 - $252.00
(312) 726-7500

Travelodge Hotel Downtown
65 E. Harrison
$114.00 & up
(312) 427-8000



Directions to the UIC
Department of Psychiatry
Institute for Juvenile Research
1747 W Roosevelt, Chicago, IL,


From the North, take I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) to I-290 West (Eisenhower Expressway).

From the South, take I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to I-290 West (Eisenhower Expressway).

From the West, take I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) eastbound.

Exit the Eisenhower Expy at Ashland/Paulina.

Turn south onto Ashland Avenue. Continue south on Ashland to Taylor Street.

Turn west (right) onto Taylor. Continue west on Taylor to Wood Street.

We are located just north of Taylor, on Wood Street.

The nearest Parking is on Wood Street, just south of Taylor. An additional Parking structure is located on the corner of Taylor and Paulina (one block east of Wood).

Via CTA elevated train ("Dearborn Street Subway" in downtown Chicago)

Take the Pink Line 54/Cermak train to the Polk Street (Medical Center) stop.

Walk west (turn left) on Polk Street to Wood Street.

Walk south (turn left) on Wood Street.

Via CTA bus

Take the #37 Sedgwick Bus (from the North Side) or the #9 Ashland Bus (from the South Side) to Taylor Street.

Walk west on Taylor Street to Wood Street.

Walk north on Wood Street

Via CTA train and bus from Midway Airport

Take the Orange Line train from Midway Airport to the Ashland stop.

On Ashland Avenue take the northbound #9 Ashland bus to Taylor Street.

Walk west on Taylor to Wood Street.

Walk north on Wood Street.

Clinical Services


1. Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit: Ingalls Memorial Hospital

2. Pediatric Consultation-Liaison: University of Illinois

3. DCFS Adolescent Assessment Unit: University of Illinois

4. Outpatient Clinic: UIC/IJR

5. School Consultation: SEDOL, and Chicago Public Schools

6. Forensic Consultation: Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Division

7. Electives

1. Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Partial Hospital Program: Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Fellows will spend 4 months practicing inpatient psychiatry on the busy 22 bed inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry unit at Ingalls Hospital where they encounter a diverse patient population with problems across the spectrum of psychiatric pathology. While fellows work under an attending physician they are granted a wide berth of independence allowing them to make patient management decisions commensurate with their burgeoning knowledge and skill sets. Fellows will also be working with and at times leading a team of nurses, psychologists and social workers in formulating and implementing treatment protocols specific to each patient and their psychosocial needs. In addition to caring for patients admitted to the hospital the fellow will have responsibility for managing patients in the partial hospital program at Ingalls as well.

2. Pediatric Consultation-Liaison: University of Illinois at Chicago

The child and adolescent psychiatry consultation/liaison service is run by Elizabeth Charney, M.D., a triple boarded child and adolescent psychiatrist and full-time faculty member. First-year fellows rotate through the C/L service for four months. The service provides a combination of inpatient, outpatient, and emergent consultation to pediatric patients who have been referred by other physicians at UIC. Consults to inpatients include medically ill patients hospitalized on the pediatric unit. The pediatric unit consists of 40 general pediatric beds, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and a step down unit. Outpatient consultation involves consults to general pediatric patients as well as patients in specialty clinics including pediatric neurology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, endocrinology, surgery, infectious disease, cardiology genetics clinic, and psychosocial clinic. The C/L team provides back up to the social worker and general adult psychiatry residents in the ER for pediatric patients requiring psychiatric consultation. This may involve seeing patients in the ER or arranging for next day outpatient evaluation for these patients. In addition to these roles the fellow on the C/L service will function in the Peds-embedded clinic, a psychiatric evaluation and management clinic within the pediatric clinic, providing direct consultation and evaluation for patients seen within the pediatric clinic. Fellows on this rotation also take phone consultation from primary care providers throughout the state of Illinois as part of the stated funded Doc Assist program, of which UIC IJR is the only consultation site. Rounding out the rotation, fellows rotate in the busy UIC neurology clinic. The goals and objectives of the rotation are: to learn the fundamentals of the neurological history and physical examination, neurological diagnostic tests, report interpretation, when to refer to a neurologist, differential diagnosis, when to suspect an underlying neurological condition in a child with a behavior problem, typical behavioral problems of common neurological conditions, knowledge of basic neurological medications and their side effects. Diagnostic categories include seizure disorders, developmental delay, mental retardation with behavioral dysfunction, learning disability, headaches, gait disorders, post-infectious neurological sequelae, motor disorders, tumors, toxic encephalopathies, prenatal and perinatal trauma sequelae, chromosomal anomalies, and metabolic diseases. The clinic sees children between 0 to 21 years of age, with the majority between 7 and 16 years of age.

3. DCFS Adolescent Assessment Unit: University of Illinois

The Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Unit (CATU)/Response Training System (CARTS) is an intensive treatment program serving the psychiatric needs of DCFS wards. The Medical Director/Coordinator is Michael Naylor, M.D.. The program is the result of a contract between the Department of Children and Family Services and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The patients treated are adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years with severe psychopathology who have failed numerous hospitalizations, residential treatment center placements, or group or foster home placements. The inpatient component of the program, the CATU, strives to provide comprehensive evaluations, crisis stabilization, acute treatment, and linkage to intensive community-based treatment programs, including wrap - around services. The CATU is an 10 bed unit housed in the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital. Diagnoses represent the full range of psychopathology, with high percentages of post-traumatic stress disorder, affective disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and learning disabilities. Services offered include psychological, neuropsychological, and educational testing; speech and language evaluation; behavioral analysis and behavioral treatment; individual psychotherapy; pharmacotherapy; milieu and group therapy; case management; occupational therapy; group therapy for adolescents who have been sexually and physically abused; group therapy for offenders; and substance abuse treatment. Given the chronicity and severity of psychopathology in this population, the average length of stay is expected to be approximately 21 days.
The CARTS follows the patients from the hospital into the community, providing direct clinical services and providing consultative and educational services to care-givers involved in the patient's care in the community.
First year fellows rotate for 4 months on the CATU/CARTS. Fellows will be assigned patients at the time of admission to the unit and will be responsible for day to day patient care under the supervision of the attending physician.

4. Outpatient Clinic: University of Illinois at Chicago/Institute for Juvenile Research (UIC/IJR)

The UIC/IJR outpatient clinic maintains an active caseload. The clinic population is approximately 60% male and 40% female. Approximately 60% are black, 20% are white, and 20% are Hispanic. Fifty-five percent are elementary school-age children, 35% are adolescents, and 10% are preschoolers. Typical diagnoses include depressive or anxiety disorders, sexual or physical abuse, family conflict, disruptive disorders, learning disorders, developmental disability/mental retardation, psychotic disorders, and specific symptom disorders such as enuresis and encopresis. Referral sources include schools, community agencies, private practitioners, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Corrections, the University of Illinois complex, Department of Mental Health inpatient units, City of Chicago Mental Health Clinics, and self-referrals. Services include consultation, diagnostic assessment, and treatment. Treatment provided may be either short- or long-term. Treatment modalities include an overall eclectic biopsychosocial approach, supportive psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, group therapy, individual and family systems (including occasional larger group therapy and marital therapy), and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Residents maintain an ongoing outpatient medication management and psychotherapy caseloads throughout the two years of training. Weekly individual supervision of outpatient treatment is provided by several supervisors for each resident, in addition to special group practicum supervision in family work. In keeping with our philosophy of teaching our trainees to become excellent teachers, supervisors, and administrative leaders, we give special responsibilities to our second-year trainees. They become outpatient group leaders, under supervision. They also supervise general psychiatry residents on their outpatient cases and are given supervision in this activity. They give lectures to third-year medical students, and are given feedback on their lecture style. Second-year trainees also rotate in our own Pediatric Mood Disorders clinic, under the supervision of Mani Pavuluri, M.D., and Julie Carbray, Ph.D., DNSc and the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety clinic under the supervision of Meghann Hennelley, M.D. These UIC/IJR subspecialty outpatient clinics use a multidisciplinary team approach to assessment and treatment, and trainees are taught how to run outpatient groups as part of this clinic.

5. School Consultation: Special Education District of Lake County

A Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who is on our faculty and in private practice, Henry Gault, M.D., is the rotation coordinator and supervisor. SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County) is a special education cooperative with a school population base of 67,000 students being served by 40 individual small suburban districts. Of these, 8000 have special education needs, and 2000 are within self-contained classrooms. The Lake County population tends to be middle-class, non-minority, and the school resources are excellent. At SEDOL, we consult to both regular and special education classrooms. Ages seen range from the Parent-Infant Center (0-3 years) to 21-year-old handicapped young adults. Diagnostic categories seen include autism, developmental disability/mental retardation, disruptive disorders, learning disability, physically handicapped, and mood disorders.
Trainees perform client-centered, consultee-centered, and program consultation. They do classroom observation, consult to nursing staff about medication issues, consult to teachers about behavorial techniques, work with classroom groups on selected issues, meet with parents, evaluate individual children, and participate in staffings. They coordinate and perform crisis intervention, and conduct various groups. Supervision occurs on-site at SEDOL for the entire day with Dr. Gault.

Interested trainees may elect to become involved in ongoing research and clinical projects at UIC/IJR involving the Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Public Schools serve 400,000 students in mainstream education. There is a large proportion of minority, low income, socially disadvantaged students. William McMiller, M.D., MPH, offers an elective working in the community in the Oak Park/River Forest High School.

6. Forensic Consultation: Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Division, Juvenile Detention Center

The rotation at the Juvenile detention center entails completing psychiatric evaluations of adolescents upon admission to the facility and working with a multidisciplinary team to establish treatment plans for them during their stay. Fellows also have the opportunity to observe first hand the process by which youth residents of the facility carry out their term. Under the direct supervision of Dr. Lynelle Thomas, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, one will also learn about and become part of the necessary careful and structured mental health interventions provided by the facility.

7. Electives

The training director helps each resident entering the second year of training to develop areas of interest into personally designed electives. The trainee's initial ideas are explored and refined. The training director acts as a networking resource to match trainee interests with faculty and sites. The electives are then formalized, with written goals, objectives, methods, time estimates, supervising faculty, end product (paper, presentation, etc.), and evaluation criteria. There are approximately 260 hours available in the second year set aside for the pursuit of elective interests.

Trainees may choose to design or join an ongoing research project with a research mentor within the Division. Some residents choose to expand involvement within the IJR Outpatient Clinic Rotation or other clinical sites listed above, focusing on a particular therapeutic approach, or diagnostic subgroup. Trainees may also spend time involved in learning disability evaluations, infant psychiatry, abuse prevention and intervention, substance abuse treatment, local community mental health projects or literature reviews on specific topics.

Examples of past electives include: working in community mental health at a Hispanic community center, family systems program, doing in-depth school consultation in the Chicago Public Schools and Lake County, doing the medical student teaching within the medication clinic, doing additional consultation-liaison work, working with homosexual adolescents at risk for AIDS at a community organization, preparing a presentation on managed care for AACAP, observing normal development in preschool and school settings, doing psychopharmacological research, co-leading multiple family groups, working with sexually abused children and abusers, working with patients with eating disorders, working on a normal development videotape, differential diagnosis of psychosis in children, running a therapy group for pregnant teenagers, Melanie Klein reading tutorial, advanced psychodynamics' tutorial and clinical work with senior analysts, infant assessment, substance abuse treatment, research in dissociative disorders and PTSD, research in anxiety disorders among music students, abuse prevention and intervention, and administrative psychiatry electives. Topics of book chapters and articles have included gender identity disorder, paraphilia, education and normal development, psychopharmacology of disruptive disorders, emergency child/adolescent psychiatry, normal development of music from birth to six years, and reviewing placebo effects in child and adolescent psychopharmacology.

Seminars and Conferences

The faculty and staff of UIC/IJR are deeply committed to teaching. The training program has comprehensive didactics, which often include social work and psychology interns. Additionally, seminars are conducted with Rush University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents as well. We have developed a cooperative affiliation for these didactics which has benefited both programs. Class sizes range from 5-6 trainees.
In the last year, courses have been reviewed by both teaching faculty and fellows. This review has led to some revisions based primarily on adult learning theory with the emphasis on active learning and fewer didactics using the lecture format. We are excited about these changes and will be continuing to evaluate and improve our didactics.

First year didactics

The first-year didactics are given on Thursday mornings during protected time and provide an overview of basic issues needed to "get up to speed" and function clinically over the next two years. These courses include "Child Psychiatry Basics," "Introduction to Child Psychopharmacology," , “Normal Development”, “Developmental Psychopathology " School Consultation," "Child-focused Family Therapy," "Psychiatry and The Law,", "Psychological Testing", “Cultural Psychiatry”, “Systems of Care” and "Basic Neurobiology" which are taken in the Summer and Fall . The course "Understanding and Treating Disorders in Childhood" begins in August and continues throughout the year, integrating psychopathology, diagnosis, and treatment planning and is presently organized around diagnostic categories. Starting in the winter and continuing into the spring "Dynamic Child Psychotherapy” is taught conjointly with the second year fellows. Moreover the first and second year fellows meet weekly for “Journal Club”.

Second-year didactics

The second-year didactics are given on Thursday mornings during protected time. During the summer when the first year fellows are learning basics, the second year fellows have "Cultural Psychiatry," "Realities of Practice After Graduation”. In the fall they begin “Advanced Psychopharmacology” and “Advanced Psychodynamic Theory”. In winter fellows take “Forensic Psychiatry” and begin “Dynamic Child Psychotherapy” which continues for the remainder of the year. In the spring fellows take “Advanced Neurobiology” as well. Second year fellows take a year- long "Research Seminar” at the end of which they have a research presentation in an area of their choice and possible publication. Second year fellows also participate in a “Quality Improvement” project which can culminate in a publication. Presently, second year fellows choose to join the first year didactics as they can with the first year fellows. There is always more to learn! During both years, fellows actively participate in the monthly "Journal Club."

Department Grand Rounds occur weekly and often topics in child and adolescent psychiatry are presented as well as several special seminars throughout the year.



A brief summary follows. There are many more faculty who will be teaching you than are listed below; this is just to orient you.

The core UIC/IJR Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty include:

  • Marc Atkins, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Juvenile Research
  • Julie Carbray, Ph.D., D.N.Sc., R.N., Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic (PMDC) Faculty and
  • Elizabeth Charney, M.D., Director, Consultation/Liaison Service, Co-leader
    General Outpatient Diagnostic Clinic
  • Edwin Cook, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Geri Fox, M.D., Special Assistant to the Dean of Medical Education, UIC College of MedicIine,  Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry
  • Jennifer Gorski, Ph.D., Director, Developmental Disorders Clinic (DDC)
  • Kathy Kelley, M.D., Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, 
    Co-leader General Outpatient Diagnostic Clinic, Director, Medication Management Clinics
  • Jesse Klein, Ph.D., Disruptive Behavior Disorders Clinic
  • Elizabeth Levey, M.D., Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Dirsorders Clinic (PSADC)
  • Sally Mason, Ph.D., Family Therapy lecturer; Co-leader of General Outpatient Diagnostic Clinic 
  • Fedra Najjar, M.D., Director, Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Unit (CATU)
  • Mike Naylor, M.D.,  Medical Director/Coordinator of the DCFS Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Unit (CATU)/Response Training System (RTS); Journal Club
  • Mani Pavuluri, M.D., Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic (PMDC)
  • Amy West, Ph.D., Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic (PMDC)

Other teaching faculty include:

  • Paul Holinger, M.D., Psychodynamic Psychotherapy lecturer
  • Henry Gault, M.D., School Consultation (Special Education District of Lake County)
  • Louis Kraus, M.D. Forensic Psychiatry  lecturer
  • Peter Heydeman, M.D., Pediatric Neurology Clinics at Rush Medical
  • Adrienne Adams, M.D., Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rush Medical Steven Porges, Ph.D., Neuroscience lecturer
  • Hollie Sobel, Ph.D., Psychological Testing lecturer 

A partial list of other people you should know include:

Click Here to view a list of ongoing research in the Department of Psychiatry so that you can get a sense of what different faculty members' interests are, and consider joining them on a project.



  1. Ambulatory Clinic:
    Neuropsychiatric Insitute
    912 S. Wood Steet, Chicago, IL 60612
  2. UIC Hospital
    1740 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612
  3. Institute for Juvenile Research
    1747 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608
  4. Psychiatric Institute
    1601 W. Taylor St.Chicago, IL 60612

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