IJR has been engaged in training since its inception in 1909. Clinical and research trainees range from high school students through post-doctoral fellows and visiting faculty interested in learning more about the nature of mental health, including prevention and treatment of mental disorders of child and adolescent onset. IJR houses nationally recognized training programs in Child Psychiatry, Child Psychology, and Social Work. It is recognized as having the longest continuous training programs in Child Psychiatry and Child Psychology in the nation. Recently, the Psychology Training program at IJR won two national awards from the American Psychological Association for outstanding training in child mental health services. Trainees work on interdisciplinary teams and participate in a wide range of research and clinical services.  

The Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic, under the direction of Marilyn Griffin, MD, provides evidence-based comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of ADHD for individuals 4-17 years old. Many children and adolescents treated at our clinic also have other difficulties including learning problems, oppositional and disruptive behaviors, mood and anxiety disorders and various medical problems.

CAC Brochure

CAC Services:

  • Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Psychoeducation/pharmacoeducation
  • Medication Management (pharmacotherapy)
  • Parent Management Training
  • Psychological Testing Referral
  • Educational Advocacy

The CAC Team is composed of specialists from child psychiatry and psychology. As part of the Clinic’s education mission, medical students and trainees from psychiatry, social work, psychology, nursing, family medicine, and pediatrics may join the team to enhance the multidisciplinary approach.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact the CAC Coordinator at 312-996-4331.

Additional information about CAC can be found in our brochure.

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Disruptive Behavior Disorders School-Age Service (DBS)

The DBD Program has a mission of designing, delivering, and developing state-of-the-art mental health interventions for children and families with externalizing disorders and co-morbid diagnoses.

The School-Age Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBS) Service provides evidence-based outpatient treatments to families of school-age youth who are diagnosed with disruptive behaviors including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and/or Conduct Disorder (CD) with co-morbid diagnoses including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). The School-Age Service uses a family-focused intervention approach combining group and family therapy modalities for children, adolescents, and parents. This family-focused intervention approach emphasizes evidence-based, ecologically-appropriate, and culturally-sensitive practices that integrate clinic-based and community-based services (e.g., clinical interventions for homes, schools, neighborhoods, youth centers, etc.).

The clinical research team is led by Karen Taylor-Crawford, MD Director and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Jaleel Abdul-Adil, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology; and Carl Bell, MD, CEO of Community Mental Health Council and Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health.



The mission of the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) is to develop and promote effective policy and practices to prevent mental health difficulties and relieve the mental health burden of children and families living in high poverty urban communities through research, teaching, and direct service. The programs and models developed and supported by IJR focus on early identification, prevention, and intervention of behavioral, social or emotional difficulties among children and youth. Through strategic linkages with key public policy and community stakeholders, IJR is a major center in the Chicago region for the development, training, and implementation of high quality mental health services spanning the prevention to intervention continuum.

Leading the Way for over 100 Years

Established in 1909, IJR was the first child mental health clinic in the nation and one of the first to train psychologists and psychiatrists in child and adolescent specialties. Its rich history includes ties to Jane Addams’ Hull House, the first juvenile court in the nation, and even the Dick and Jane readers, which were developed at IJR to study the connection between reading difficulties and delinquency. Today it houses nationally recognized programs in psychology (link) and child psychiatry (link) and is a major site for social work training throughout the Chicago region.

IJR blazed a trail early on by being one of the first to integrate medicine, psychiatry, psychology, and social work under the umbrella of child development; a thread that continues to this day. It was also where professionals initially recognized the importance of the larger community to the health of a child.

“Primary emphasis,” said pioneering IJR sociologist Clifford Shaw, “must be placed upon the task of revitalizing the life of the whole community so that the welfare of every child becomes the conscious and deliberate concern of all the citizens.”

Transferred to UIC in 1990, IJR today engages in a broad spectrum of research, clinical service, and training that continues the tradition of innovation.

Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents

We provide diagnostic, treatment, case management, advocacy, psychoeducation, and consultation services for the full range of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), tic disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We have five specialty programs focused on the major areas of child and adolescent mental illness in addition to our general clinic.

We employ a multidisciplinary systemic approach to treating psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Emotional and behavioral disorders in youth are the result of the interplay between biological, genetic, psychological, cognitive, environmental and social systems and present a profound challenge to the youth, to their families, to schools, and to their community at large. Successful treatment includes providing relief from symptoms of the underlying psychiatric disorder, alleviating stressors and conditions that can trigger or exacerbate problems, and enhancing the youth's functioning at home, in the school, and in the community. Comprehensive treatment may involve combining medications and psychotherapy with family therapy and school consultation.

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Edwin H. Cook, Jr., M.D. Marc S. Atkins, Ph.D.
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Director, Institute for Juvenile Research