in Clinical Psychology
About The University
UIC is one of ten national university medical centers with an all-health college (including the areas of public health, medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health). The UIC Hospital is one of four major teaching hospitals in the immediate area. The others include Rush Medical Center, the West Side Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Cook County Hospital. The UIC Hospital is consistently listed as one of the top medical centers in the nation.
Because UIC is a major teaching and research facility, a wealth of resources is available to psychology interns and the university community as a whole. Interns have access to the Library of the Health Sciences of the University of Illinois as well as other specialized medical and psychiatric libraries in the Chicago area. UIC maintains a broad range of on-line journals in both psychology and psychiatry and related disciplines. Computerized literature searches and specialized bibliographies are among the many services provided by the library staff. A library of audiotapes and videotapes covering numerous topics of interest to the mental health professional is available. The UIC has a large mainframe computer system with statistical and other packaged programs which can be used by the interns. The department also makes available personal computers with internet access for each intern.
The Department of Psychiatry has successfully competed for major externally funded research grants and consistently receives either the highest or second highest level of externally funded research on the UIC campus. The faculty's research is nationally recognized and includes interest areas such as the longitudinal course and outcome of patients with schizophrenia, affective disorders, and other major mental illnesses, research on women and gender, research on the assessment and training of parenting skills in mentally ill parents facing child custody disputes, research on workplace harassment, and research on patterns of psychiatric service utilization and outcome. Recently, several major research groups have been recruited to the UIC Department of Psychiatry, including a world-renowned science research group headed by Dr. Erminio Costa and an equally distinguished mental health services research group headed by Dr. Judith Cook. Furthermore, faculty working at the department's Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR), the site of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, have developed pioneering approaches to dealing with major social and behavioral problems which beset children in our society. These problems include assessment and preventive interventions for high risk, aggressive, and violent behaviors in children and adolescents, and child abuse. In addition, UIC Neuropsychology conducts a program of NIH-funded research on neurocognitive aspects of HIV disease and drug abuse. Under the direction of Dr. John Sweeney and his colleagues in the Center for Cognitive Medicine, the department has also expanded in the area of cognitive neurosciences and once completed, the university will house the largest fMRI facility in the country. In addition, Drs. Steven Porges and C. Sue Carter are directing the Brain-Body Institute whose purpose is to develop translational research programs with an emphasis on developmental psychobiology.
The Department supports an APA accredited psychology internship program, with one track in adult and one in child psychology. In addition, there is a large Residency Training Program as well as psychiatry fellowships in Child Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Women's Mental Health. The Department is actively involved in training medical students, nursing students, and social work students.
The faculty is truly an interdisciplinary mix. Faculty members are drawn from the areas of clinical, counseling, and developmental psychology, psychiatry, public health, sociology, nursing, social work, biostatistics and from the biological sciences.
Further information about UIC, the Department of Psychiatry, and metropolitan Chicago is available on the University of Illinois at Chicago website (http://www.uic.edu). Please note that the Department of Psychiatry also has a webpage where additional information can be found (http://www.psych.uic.edu).