The Autism Program (DHS)

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

General Diagnostic Clinic

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, Associate Professor of Clinical Social Work in Psychiatry, Director of Social Work Training
  • Jesse Klein, Ph.D. – Clinical Child Psychologist – Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Our trainees include advanced psychiatry, psychology, and social work trainees (i.e. child psychiatry fellows, child psychology externs, 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.


Medication Management Program

The Medication Management Program provides medication management to children and adolescents being seen in the clinic. Medication programs are run by child psychiatry fellows.

Director: Kathleen M. Kelley

Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic

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 18 months through older adolescents. The PSADC has a multidisciplinary team that includes Sucheta Connolly, MD (Director); David Simpson, PhD., LCSW (Clinician and Clinic and Research Coordinator); Liza Suarez, PhD (Clinician and Research Director); program assistant Darnetta Byndum; and trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, social work, and medical students. Individualized treatment programming may include cognitive behavioral therapy, parent guidance, family therapy, interventions at school, and medication management.

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 including serious physical illness are addressed as well. Drs. Connolly, Simpson, and Suarez, collectively, have many years of experience treating anxious youth and their families. Additionally, more specialized assessment and treatment expertise includes Selective Mutism (Connolly), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Simpson) and Trauma and its comorbidity with Substance Abuse (Suarez). 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 neurobiologic correlates of childhood anxiety.

PSADC is 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.

Hyperactivity, Attention and Learning Problems Program (HALP)

The Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic, under the direction of Janine Rosenberg, Ph.D. provides psychological testing, evaluation, parent management training, and consultation services for pre-school and school-age children, adolescents, and adults. HALP clinic addresses concerns with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning problems, and other present psychiatric disorders (such as anxiety, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder). HALP Clinic serves Chicago and surrounding Illinois and Indiana suburbs.

HALP Clinic Services:

  • Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Psychological Testing (including Intelligence, Academic, Attention, Mood, Behavioral, and Social functioning)
  • Medication Referrals
  • Psychological Services (including individual and family therapy)
  • Parent Management Training
  • School Consultation, including support for IEP and 504 plans

Patients will come in for an initial consultation, at which point a treatment plan will be discussed. If the patient is recommended for psychological testing, the patient will be scheduled to spend a full day at our clinic and be administered a variety of tests. A full psychological testing report will be available to all families and can be shared with appropriate teachers and professionals.

HALP clinic accepts variety of insurances for both PPO and HMO.

In addition, HALP clinic is part director of a summer treatment program Camp STAR (Summer Treatment Program for ADHD and Related Disorders). Please visit www.jcys.org/campstar for more information. HALP clinic also has research opportunities related to youth with ADHD.

Trainees from pediatrics, psychiatry, and psychology may rotate through this clinic and incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to ADHD and related disorders. A psychiatrist is also available through the HALP Clinic for a follow-up consult if medication is recommended.

For more information, please contact the HALP Clinic Coordinator at 312-996-4331. 


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