Dana Rusch, Ph.D

Department of Psychiatry (MC 747)
Institute for Juvenile Research
1747 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Office Phone:312-413-1708

Frazier, S. L., Dinizulu, S., Rusch, D., Boustani, M., Mehta, T., & Reitz, K. (In press). Building resilience in after school for early adolescents in urban poverty: Open trial of Leaders @ Play. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Rusch, D., Frazier, S.L, & Atkins, M. (In press). Building capacity within community-based organizations: New directions for mental health promotion for Latino immigrant families in urban poverty. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0549-1. Epub 2014 Apr 10.

Dirks, M. A., Suor, J. H, Rusch, D., & Frazier, S. L. (2014). Children’s responses to hypothetical provocation by peers: Coordination of assertive and aggressive strategies. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(7), 1077-1087. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9862-0. Epub 2014 Mar 26.

Rusch, D. & Reyes, K. (2013). Examining the effects of Mexican serial migration and family separations on acculturative stress, depression, and family functioning. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35(2), 139-158. doi: 10.1177/0739986312467292

Frazier, S.L., Mehta, T., Hur, K., Atkins, M., & Rusch, D. (2013). Not just a walk in the park: Efficacy to effectiveness for after school programs in communities of concentrated urban poverty. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 40(5), 406-418. doi: 10.1007/s10488- 012-0432-x

Alegría, M., Canino, G., Lai, S., Ramirez, R., Chavez, L., Rusch, D., & Shrout, P. (2004). Understanding caregivers’ help-seeking for Latino children’s mental health care use. Medical Care, 42, 447-455.

Alegría, M., Vera, M., Shrout, P., Canino, G., Lai, S., Albizu, C., Marín, H., Peña, M., & Rusch, D. (2004). Understanding hard-core drug use among urban Puerto Rican women in high-risk neighborhoods. Addictive Behaviors, 29, 643-664.

Alegría, M., Canino, G., Rios, R., Vera, M., Calderon, J., Rusch, D., & Ortega, A.N. (2002). Inequalities in use of specialty mental health services among Latinos, African Americans, and non-Latino whites. Psychiatric Services, 53, 1547-1555.

Rusch, D. (2013). Building on the capacity of community-based organizations to meet the SEL needs of youth from Latino immigrant families. AERA Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Special Interest Group (SIG) Fall Newsletter.

Bustamante, E.E., Davis, C.L., Frazier, S.L., Rusch, D., Fogg, L., Atkins, M.S., Hellison, D.R., Marquez, D.X. After-school physical activity program for ADHD and DBD: A randomized controlled trial.

Dana Rusch, Ph.D

Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Rusch has an overarching interest in addressing mental health disparities among ethnic minority youth and families living in urban poverty. Her specific program of research focuses on meeting the mental health needs of youth from Latino immigrant families, with attention to ecological context in the design and implementation of mental health service models. This research aims to build upon community resources and workforce strengths through collaborative partnerships with non-specialty settings (e.g., schools, community-based organizations, after-school programs) and the non-traditional providers that play a critical role in family engagement and advocacy. Through her efforts to design relevant and sustainable mental health services, Dr. Rusch has collaborated with the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, and various community-based organizations serving Latino/immigrant families throughout the city.

Dr. Rusch received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University (1999) and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011). She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (2008-2009) and continued her postdoctoral training at IJR with Dr. Atkins’ team at the Center for Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy . From 2009-2013, she also served as Project Director for an NIMH-funded R01 (PI: S. Frazier) that examined the role of organizational social context on children’s mental health promotion through after-school program participation.


Mental health services research for children in urban poverty
Effective models of community-based mental health services for youth from Latino immigrant families
Immigrant family context, acculturative stress, and mental health
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to build models of mental health promotion for immigrant youth and families


American Psychological Association (APA)
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (APA Division 53)
Latino Mental Health Providers Network


Partners Achieving Student Success (PASS; PI: M. Atkins & S. Starin)
Children’s Mental Health in Urban After- School Programs (Project NAFASI and Leaders@Play; PI: S. Frazier)
The Links Center: Leading Innovations for Neighborhoods, Kids, and Schools (PI: M. Atkins)


Christopher Holden, MD

Department of Psychiatry
Office Phone:312-996-8770

Salsitz EA, Holden CC, Tross S, Nugent A: “Transitioning Stable Methadone Maintenance Patients to Buprenorphine Maintenance.” J Addict Med. 2010 Jun 4(2):88-92.

Tomatsu S, Orii KO, Fleming RE, Holden CC, Waheed A, Britton RS, Gutierrez MA, Velez-Castrillon S, Bacon BR, Sly WS: “Contribution of the H63D mutation in HFE to murine hereditary hemochromatosis.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2003 Dec 23;100(26):15788-93.

Tomatsu S, Orii KO, Vogler C, Grubb JH, Snella EM, Gutierrez M, Dieter T, Holden CC, Sukegawa K, Orii T, Kondo N, Sly WS: “Production of MPS VII mouse (Gus(tm(hE540A x mE536A)Sly)) doubly tolerant to human and mouse beta-glucuronidase.” Hum Mol Genet. 2003 May 1;12(9):961-73.

Fleming RE, Holden CC, Tomatsu S, Waheed A, Brunt EM, Britton RS, Bacon BR, Roopenian DC, Sly WS: “Mouse strain differences determine severity of iron accumulation in Hfe knockout model of hereditary hemochromatosis.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2001 Feb 27;98(5):2707-11.

Fleming RE, Migas MC, Holden CC, Waheed A, Britton RS, Tomatsu S, Bacon BR, Sly WS: “Transferrin receptor 2: continued expression in mouse liver in the face of iron overload and in hereditary hemochromatosis.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2000 Feb 29;97(5):2214-9.

National Presentations
“Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse, Addiction and Treatment.” Symposium Co-Speaker and Co-Coordinator, American Society of Addiction Medicine 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, 4/27/2013.

Christopher Holden, MD

Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Director of Addiction Services

Dr. Holden is the Director of Addiction Services in the department. He treats a variety of psychiatric conditions, and he specializes in the treatment of patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. He works with patients in the outpatient mental health clinic as well as the hospital’s inpatient medical, surgical, and psychiatric units.


Dr. Holden believes in taking an integrated approach to the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Patients are most likely to recover from psychiatric and addictive disorders when they are addressed simultaneously, in particular with multiple complementary approaches, which can include medication and psychotherapy. He is published in the fields of addiction medicine and basic biomedical research.


American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Society of Addiction Medicine



Meghann Hennelly, MD

Hennelly web profile
Institute for Juvenile Research (MC 747)
Department of Psychiatry,
1747 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 155
Chicago, IL 60608
Office Phone:312-355-4861
E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Hennelly MM, Yi J, Batkis M, Chisolm M. (2011) Termination of pregnancy in two patients during psychiatric hospitalization for depressive symptoms and substance dependence. Psychosomatics 52(5):482-5.

Brune CW, Korvatska E, Allen-Brady K, Cook EH, Dawson G, Devlin B, Estes A, Hennelly MM, Hyman SL, McMahon WM, Munson J, Rodier PM, Schellenberg GD, Stodgell CJ, Coon H. (2007) Heterogeneous association between Engrailed-2 and autism in the CPEA network. Neuropsychatric Genetics 147B: 187-193

Meghann Hennelly, MD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Dr. Hennelly earned her MD at University of Chicago, completed her psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and completed her child psychiatry fellowship at a combined program of Columbia and Cornell Universities. Dr. Hennelly recently joined the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic team at UIC and will also be working as Associate Child Residency Training Director.


Anxiety disorders in children, trauma, mindfulness-based treatments.


  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Medical Association 


Monsheel Sodhi B.Pharm, M.Sc., Ph.D.

900 S Ashland Avenue
MBRB Rm. 3102, mc 870,
Chicago, IL 60607
Office Phone:312-355-5949
E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sodhi MS, Arranz MJ, Curtis DA, Sham PC, Ball DM, Roberts GW,  et al. (1995):  Association between clozapine response and allelic variation in the 5-HT2C receptor gene.  NeuroReport 7: 369-375. PMID: 8742444 [Original research]

Arranz MJ, Collier D, Sodhi MS, Ball DM, Roberts GW, Price J, et al. (1995): Association between clozapine response and allelic variation in the 5-HT2A receptor gene. Lancet, 346: 281-282. PMID: 7630250 [Original research]

Collier D, Arranz M, Sham P, Battersby S, Gill P, Aitchison KJ, Sodhi MS, et al. (1996): The serotonin transporter is a potential susceptibility factor for bipolar affective disorder. NeuroReport 7:1675-1679. PMID: 8904780 [Original research]

Sodhi, M.S., and Murray, R.M. (1997). Future therapies for schizophrenia. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents 7, 151165. [Review]

Arranz MJ, Munro J, Birkett J, Bolonna A, Mancama D, Sodhi MS, et al. (2000): Pharmacogenetic prediction of clozapine response. Lancet 355: 1615 - 1616. PMID: 10821369 [Original research]

Sodhi MS, Burnet PJ, Makoff AJ and Harrison PJ.(2001): Reduced mRNA editing of the human 5-HT2C receptor in schizophrenia. Molecular Psychiatry, 6 (4), 373-9. PMID: 11443520 [Original research] 

Pooley, E, Fairburn C, COOPER, z, Sodhi MS, Harrison, PJ. (2004) A 5-HT2C receptor promoter polymorphism (HTR2C - 759C/T) is associated with obesity in women, and with resistance to weight loss in heterozygotes. Am J Med Genet (Neuropsychiat Genet). 126B: 124-7.  PMID: 15048662 [Original research]

Tunbridge, E., P. W. Burnet, Sodhi MS, Harrison PJ (2004). "Catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) and proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) mRNAs in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression." Synapse 51(2):112-8.  PMID: 14618678 [Original research]

Sodhi, M.S., and SandersBush, E. (2004). Serotonin and brain development. International review of neurobiology 59, 111174. PMID:15006487 [review]

Sodhi MS, Airey D, Lambert W, Burnet PWJ, Harrison PJ and Sanders-Bush E. (2005) A rapid new assay to detect RNA editing reveals antipsychotic-induced changes in serotonin-2C transcripts. Mol Pharmacol 68: 711-719.[Original research] PMID: 15917433

Hackler E, Airey D, Shannon C, Sodhi MS, Sanders-Bush E (2006): 5-HT2C receptor RNA editing in the amygdala of inbred strains: implications for anxiety and fear. Neurosci Res 55(1):96-104. PMID: 16580757 [Original research]

Sodhi MS, Wood KH, Meador-Woodruff J (2008).  Role of glutamate in schizophrenia: integrating excitatory avenues of research. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics  8(9): 1389-1406. PMID:18759551 [review]

Roth T, Lubin F, Sodhi MS and Kleinman J E(2009). Epigenetics and schizophrenia. Biochim Biophys Acta;1790(9):869-77. PMID: 19559755 [Review]Times cited=37

Simmons, M, Meador-Woodruff, J, Sodhi MS (2010). “Increased cortical expression of an RNA editing enzyme occurs in major depressive suicide victims.” Neuroreport 21(15): 993-7. PMID: 20802353 [original research]

Sodhi MS, Simmons M, McCullumsmith RE, Haroutunian V., MeadorWoodruff, J. (2011). Glutamatergic gene expression is specifically reduced in thalamocortical projecting relay neurons in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 70:646–654. PMID: 21549355 [original research]

Bostrom JA, Sodhi MS. (2013) A Look to the Future: Epigenetics in Psychiatric Disorders and Treatment. In:  Lam YWF, Cavallari LH (eds). Pharmacogenomics:  Challenges and Opportunities in Therapeutic Implementation. Elsevier Inc:  Maryland Heights, MO. [Book chapter] p.225-246.

Hanson R, Gannon M, Khamo N, Sodhi MS, Orr A, Stubbings J (2013). Improvement in Safety Monitoring of Biologic Response Modifiers After the Implementation of Clinical Care Guidelines by a Specialty Pharmacy Service in an Academic Health System. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, 19 (1): 49-67. PMID: 23383700 [original research]

Monsheel Sodhi B.Pharm, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Monsheel Sodhi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, the Department of Psychiatry, the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. She is also Director of the UIC Brain Collection. Dr. Sodhi’s laboratory has a longstanding commitment to translate discoveries from molecular neuroscience to improve our understanding and treatment of schizophrenia and mood disorders.

Lab/Research Program website: https://www.uic.edu/labs/sodhilab/ 

Dr. Sodhi received her degree in Pharmacy at the UCL School of Pharmacy at the University of London (U.K.). She subsequently achieved a Master’s degree in Neuroscience and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital at Kings College London. Her postdoctoral training, funded by a Medical Research Council training fellowship, was in Molecular Pathology at the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University, and in Molecular Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011, she was a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry and Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at UAB.

Dr. Sodhi has received two young investigator awards from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, an award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a young investigator award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. She has also received Scholar’s Awards from the Health Services Foundation and the Hans W. Vahlteich Research Fund. Dr. Sodhi has over 15 years’ experience in the field of molecular neuroscience, including published work in the Lancet, Molecular Psychiatry, Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Addiction and Neuropharmacology and the Austin Journal of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and as a member of the Tissue Review Panel of the NSW Brain Bank.


• Molecular genetic and transcriptional abnormalities underpinning the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders

• Pharmacogenomics and pharmaco-epigenomics of psychotropic drugs

• The mechanisms of psychotropic drug efficacy and side-effects • Neural circuit deficits in schizophrenia and mood disorders

• Developing and maintaining postmortem psychiatric brain collections


Society for Biological Psychiatry, Society for Neuroscience, General Pharmaceutical Council (UK), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 


• The impact of RNA editing on suicide risk.

• Glutamatergic abnormalities in major psychiatric disorders.


Michael J. Schrift, DO, MA

Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
912 South Wood (MC913),
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Office Phone:312-996-6139
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Assistant Name: Veronica Lopez

Schrift MJ: Personality Disorders. In: ePocrates Online. British Medical Journal Group, London UK, 2013

Schwarz L, Schrift M, Pliskin N: Forensic neuropsychological evaluations in an academic medical center. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Mar-Apr;24(2):100-4.

Michael J. Schrift, DO, MA

Director, Neuropsychiatry Program;
Co-Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Training Program;
Co-Director, University of Illinois Medical Center Ethics Committee;
Director, ECT Service;
Co-Director, Memory Clinic;
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Dr. Michael Schrift is the Director of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at UIC. His primary responsibilities include the faciliatation, organization and development of clinical, educational, and training in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at UIC. He completed fellowship training in Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology and has been involved in the academic teaching of this subject area to medical students, psychiatry and neurology residents and fellows for over 25 years. In addition, Dr. Schrift has graduate training in Neuropsychology and in Bioethics in which he hold a master's degree and has is an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in Bioethics and Health Policy at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he teaches Neurothics. His clinical duties include actively participating in and administering in outpatient, inpatient and consultative Neuropsychiatry services at the University Medical Center. The program is integrated with the research activities of the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as Radiology. Dr. Schrift is the Course Director for the M1 Brain and Behavior Course. The teaching and training of medical students, residents in neurology and psychiatry, fellows, and post-doctoral psychologists is central to his duties and responsibilities.


Neuropsychiatry/Behavioral Neurology; Bioethics/Neuroethics


Neuroethics Society
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
American Neuropsychiatric Association
Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
Chicago Medical Society
Illinois State Medical Society


Development of Memory Disorder Clinic