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Jennifer Francis, Ph.D


Dept. of Psychiatry (MC 913),
University of Illinois at Chicago
912 S. Wood Street,
Chicago, IL 60612

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Roy MJ & Francis JL (2011).  The psychological recovery of physically wounded service members.  In:  Adler AB, Bliese PB & Castro CA (eds).  Deployment Psychology:  The impact of combat on mental health. American Psychological Association.


Roy MJ, Francis J, Friedlander J, Banks-Williams L, Lande RG, Taylor P, Blair J, McLellan J, Law W, Tarpley V, Patt I, Yu H, Mallinger A, Difede J, Rizzo, & Rothbaum B (2010).  Improvement in cerebral function with treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208, 142-9.


Rutledge T, Linke SE, Krantz DS, Johnson D, Bittner V, Eastwood J, Eteiba W, Pepine CJ, Vaccarino V, Francis J, Vido DA, & Bairey Merz CN (2009). Comorbid depression and anxiety symptoms as predictors of cardiovascular events:  Results from the NHLBI-Sponsored Women's

Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(9), 958-964.

Krantz DS, Whittaker KS, Francis JL, Rutledge T, Johnson BD, Barrow G, McClure C, Sheps DS, York K, Cornell C, Bittner V, Vaccarino V, Eteiba W, Parashar S, Vido DA, & Bairey Merz CN.  (2009).  Psychotropic medication use and risk of adverse cardiovascular events in women with suspected coronary artery disease:  Outcomes from the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study.  Heart, 95, 1901-1906.

Rutledge T, Vaccarino V, Johnson BD, Bittner V, Olson MB, Linke SE, Cornell CE, Eteiba W, Sheps DS, Francis J, Krantz DS, Bairey Merz CN, Parashar S, Handberg E, Vido DA, & Shaw L. (2009).  Depression and cardiovascular health care costs among women with suspected myocardial ischemia.  Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 53(2), 176-183.

Francis JL, Weinstein AA, Krantz DS, Haigney MC, Stein PK, Gottdiener JS, & Kop WJ (2009). Association between symptoms of depression and anxiety with heart rate variability in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(8), 821-827.

Rutledge T, Linke SE, Olson MB, Francis J, Johnson BD, Bittner V, York K, McClure C, Kelsey SF, Reis SE, Cornell CE, Vaccarino V, Sheps DS, Shaw LJ, Krantz DS, Parashar S, & Bairey Merz, CN (2008).  Social networks and incident stroke among women with suspected myocardial ischemia.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 70 (3), 282-287.

Francis JL, Weisberg RB, Dyck I, Culpepper L, Smith K, Edelen MO, & Keller MB (2007).  Characteristics and course of panic disorder and panic disorder with agoraphobia in primary care patients.  Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 9(3), 173-179.

Krantz DS, Olson MB, Francis JL, Phankao C, Bairey Merz CN, Sopko G, Vido DA, Shaw LJ, Sheps DS, Pepine CJ, & Matthews KA (2006). Anger, Hostility, and Cardiac Symptoms in Women with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease: The Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study.  Journal of Women’s Health, 15, 1214-1223. 

Jennifer Francis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Dr. Francis specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. She provides assessment and treatment in the Stress and Anxiety Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and provides training and supervision in cognitive behavioral therapy for psychiatry residents and psychology interns and externs.

Dr. Francis spent 4 years treating active duty military at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which was the United States Army’s flagship medical center until 2011. She provided cognitive behavioral treatment for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with PTSD, panic disorder, and other post-deployment health issues. Dr. Francis was the lead psychologist on a grant funded PTSD treatment intervention comparing prolonged exposure to virtual reality exposure for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Francis received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2003 with an emphasis in health psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Francis completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in anxiety disorders with the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at Brown University Medical School. She was an NHLBI T32 fellow on a behavioral medicine cardiovascular training grant at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD where she studied the impact of anxiety on cardiovascular disease.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety disorders, PTSD, panic disorder, post-deployment health issues, anxiety and health outcomes including cardiovascular disease.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies





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