The Autism Program of Illinois is a systems initiative, a network of resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the State of Illinois. The Autism Program of Illinois provides the strategy and framework for the State of Illinois to address the complex issues involved in diagnosis, treatment and research for the thousands of children in Illinois with ASDs.

The Autism Program of Illinois has developed an infrastructure to train, support, and coordinate the linkage of an informed provider network to help Illinois families.

Site: Cook County, IL
Website: www.theautismprogram.org

Children and adolescents may be referred to IJR’s General Diagnostic Clinic for a wide variety of concerns, including problems with disruptive behavior, anxiety, and/or mood, school functioning, adjustment to trauma or other sources of stress, and developmental delays.

Diagnostic Evaluation

Evaluations in our General Diagnostic Clinic include a comprehensive assessment of each youth’s current strengths and difficulties, family functioning and family, medical, school, and psychiatric history. When appropriate (and with permission of the youth’s legal guardian), we may also gather information from teachers, pediatricians, caseworkers, counselors, and other adults who play key roles in the youth’s life.


Following each evaluation, we provide feedback to children, adolescents, and their families and propose our treatment recommendations. Our individualized treatment plans are intended to be responsive to the particular values, needs, culture, and resources of the youth and families whom we evaluate.

Treatment may include:

  • Evidence-based individual therapy, family therapy, and/or group therapy
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Evidence-based medication management
  • Assistance with strategies for parenting children / adolescents who engage in disruptive, oppositional, and/or defiant behavior
  • Assistance with school advocacy
  • Consultation with children’s/adolescents’ teachers

When further assessment of particular problems is warranted, we may refer youth for additional evaluation (for example, neuropsychological testing, speech / language testing, or evaluations of medical problems).

Multidisciplinary Staff

Our multidisciplinary clinical team includes the following UIC faculty and trainees:

  • Kathleen Kelley, MD - Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Associate Clinical Professor, Program Director - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  • Sally Mason, Ph.D., LCSW, Social worker, Professor of Clinical Social Work in Psychiatry, Director of Social Work Training

Our trainees include advanced psychiatry and social work trainees (i.e. child psychiatry fellows, social work interns, general psychiatry residents), and medical students, all of whom are supervised by GDC faculty members.


To make an appointment in UIC’s General Diagnostic Clinic, call (312) 996-7723.


The Child Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service (CL) provides urgent consultations to the pediatric inpatient unit and specializes in treating medically complex children who have comorbid psychiatric diagnoses. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorder related to the medical condition. The CL team is also available at all times for telephone consultations to the pediatric ambulatory and emergency services and acts as a liaison to the general and specialty clinics at IJR.

The CL Team responds to pager #1134 for urgent diagnostic assessments, disposition planning, and behavioral interventions on 5W. The CL team includes Elizabeth Charney, MD and a child psychiatry fellow.

The Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic (PSADC) specializes in early identification, comprehensive evaluation, and evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders in diverse youth from age 4 years through older adolescents. The PSADC has a multidisciplinary team that includes Liza Suarez, PhD (Clinic Director and Clinician), Kelley Volpe, M.D. (Medical Director and Clinician), Lauren Cox, LCSW (Research Coordinator and Clinician); and multidisciplinary trainees including child psychiatry fellows, psychology interns and externs, social work interns, and medical students. The PSADC team strives to work with families to create and individualized treatment program tailored to each patient and their symptoms. Individualized treatment programming may include cognitive behavioral therapy, parent guidance, family therapy, coordination with schools for school-based interventions, and medication management. Treatment provided is on an outpatient basis.

Clinicians and researchers work collaboratively in the PSADC to understand risk and protective factors in diverse youth with anxiety disorders, facilitate transportability of evidence-based practices for anxiety to the school and community, and explore neurobiological correlates of childhood anxiety. Anxiety disorders treated include: Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anxiety-related school refusal/school phobia behavior, and adjustment to a variety of stresses or traumas. More specialized assessment and treatment expertise includes Selective Mutism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Trauma along with its comorbidity with Substance Abuse.

PSADC is also accepting referrals for enrollment in a treatment programs for teens aged 13-17 who have experienced trauma and are using drugs or alcohol.

Referrals to this clinic can be made by calling 312-996-7723.


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