Inpatient Psychiatry

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Inpatient Psychiatry

About Us

The Adult Psychiatry inpatient unit on 8 East is a treatment, educational and research  psychiatric unit serving the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.  This unit represents a secure environment with a locked door to care for psychiatrically ill patients on a short-term basis.  Our concern is to provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary evaluations for patients with complex psychiatric, psychosocial and medical needs, and to develop an intensive treatment program to address those needs.  Our mission and purpose is the management of acute psychiatric episodes and the prompt return of the patient to an appropriate care setting at home and in the community. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry at UIC Medical Center is also a training site that provides a unique training experience for disciplines involved in the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness.  The unit is a major training site for the Psychiatry residency program at UIC, as well as medical students, social work students, nursing students and occupational therapy students at UIC.

Our unit can hold up to 35 patients, and is staffed by full time psychiatrists who lead treatment teams focused on particular specialty areas: Mood and Anxiety disorders, Psychotic disorders, and Women’s Mental Health, each  with significant  expertise in each of these areas. We have a skilled team of nurses and mental health counselors and social workers, as well as occupational and music therapists and peer recovery specialist. Our treatment approach is patient-centered and comprehensive. We provide  diagnostic assessment and multi-modality treatment, including medications, individual and group therapy.

Our Services


Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Psychotic Disorders


Women's Mental Health

Treatment Team

Stephen Pesanti MD MBA

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director of Educational Programs in Forensic Psychiatry

Dr. Stephen Pesanti completed his psychiatry residency at the Cleveland Clinic and his forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is currently an attending in the Mood and Anxiety Clinic here at UIC where he works in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. He is also available for forensic psychiatry evaluations and consultations in both the criminal and civil settings.

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Stephen Pesanti

Ashley Mulvihill MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clincial Psychiatry
  • Director of Integrated Women’s Mental Health-Child Psychiatry Track
  • Illinois Doc Assist Consultant

Dr. Mulvihill is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her adult training and child fellowship at UIC. She stayed on at UI Health to join the faculty in 2018. Dr. Mulvihill works both in the Women’s Mental Health Program and Child Adolescent Division to expand integrative services around maternal-child mental health. She is interested in treating children, women, and families with various psychiatric issues including those related to pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, and motherhood. Dr. Mulvihill has a particular interest in working with expectant and new mothers with their children to improve family wellness and prevent adverse child experiences.

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Ashley Mulvihill