Heather Eisele, PhD
The Health Psychology Service provides clinical psychological services to adult patients and their families who are dealing with serious medical diagnosis and treatment including:
- Surgery, including evaluation and preparation for weight loss surgery
- Chronic Pain
- Pain management
- Treatment for insomnia and other sleep problems
- Stem cell or organ transplant preparation
Clinical health psychology offers a unique treatment approach that takes into account a patient’s biological, psychological, and social factors. Treatment is determined based on the “whole person” and their life situation; it is not limited to their illness, social situation, or psychological symptoms.
The Health Psychology Service is staffed by professionals who have experience in the psychological issues associated with various medical problems. Comprehensive care is provided through collaboration with the patient's physician, or through consultation with other services in the Department of Psychiatry (e.g., for psychotropic medications or cognitive assessments).
Many clients are struggling to manage stressful medical situations that arise from anxiety, depression, marital/family problems, end-of life issues, or difficult lifestyle adjustments. Others find it hard to comply with medical regimens, or need an evaluation before making treatment decisions. Following an initial evaluation of biological, psychological, and social factors, an individualized treatment plan is developed to help the client cope with or adjust to the problems he/she is facing.
Our goal is to help people improve their quality of life. We will help in finding new and better ways of coping, and new ways of behaving and thinking to help manage issues. Individual therapy may be recommended to help work on these areas as well.
For more information or to schedule an initial evaluation, please call our appointment line at: (312) 355-3463
Scott A Langenecker, Ph.D., Neil H. Pliskin, PhD, ABPP-CN (Director); Woojin Song, Ph.D.
Neuropsychology Service (912 S. Wood St. South Tower)
The Neuropsychology Service provides comprehensive assessment services for teenage, adult, and geriatric patients in whom impairments of cognitive, neuropsychiatric, or developmental functioning are evident or suspected. Our services include outpatient evaluation and inpatient consultation services. We also provide specialty Clinic services:
Memory and Aging Clinic (Lead Neuropsychologist: Melissa Lamar)
Focuses on evaluations in mid and late life;
Referral questions focus on degenerative and reversible causes of cognitive problems in this age range;
Specializes in co-morbid medical and emotional conditions that may also contribute to cognitive problems
in the aging.
Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic (Lead: Scott Langenecker)
Focuses on evaluations in adolescence and young adulthood,
where a mood disorder may be interfering with functional
independence, including difficulty meeting educational and vocational goals.
Neuropsychological assessment involves a systematic evaluation of higher cognitive abilities such as intelligence, academic skill, memory, language, attention, problem solving ability, executive abilities and visual motor skills, as well as sensory motor and personality/emotional functioning.
The Neuropsychology Service and Clinics can provide assessment and treatment recommendations for a wide range of conditions that may affect behavior, including
- Cognitive and emotional effects of various neurological conditions, including, for example, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), leukemia, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and chromosomal disorders
- Traumatic brain injury and electrical shock injury
- Cognitive decline in elderly patients
- Changes in thinking abilities associated with various medical conditions, including: metabolic disorders, HIV infection, cardiac complications, liver disease, toxic exposures, and autoimmune disorders (e.g., Lupus) among others
- Attention-deficit disorders
- Learning disorders
- Psychiatric and emotional disorders and symptoms
Neuropsychological assessment contributes to clinical decisions about:
- Diagnosis and prognosis
- Rehabilitation planning
- Educational planning (including IEP, 504 plans, and ADA evaluations)
- Developmental level
- Ability to return to work or school
- Ability to function independently
- Tracking of changes in cognitive abilities over time to determine response to medication or disease progression
For more information or to schedule an initial evaluation call 312.996.6217.
Click here to download neuropsychological services printable brochure.
Neuropsychology training is offered at the graduate (http://www.psych.uic.edu/advanced-practicum-in-clinical-neuropsychology), internship (http://www.psych.uic.edu/internship/AdultNeuroAssessment.htm) and residency ( http://www.psych.uic.edu/neuropsychology-fellowship) levels