The Mission of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at The University of Illinois at Chicago is to provide the best opportunity for treatment of adults with affected illness, by having a range of treatment options, tailored to fit patients' needs. We strive for compassion, competence, respect and making treatment decisions in collaboration with our patients.
Our goal is to treat each patient and family as we would want our own family to be treated.
Dr. Ajilore's research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder in the context of medical co-morbidities and late life using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques. His group focuses on using structural and functional brain connectivity to study the brain as a network.
Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is a Research Scientist at the UIC, Department of Psychiatry. She is also the Deputy Director of Global Mental Health in the Center for Global Health and provides therapy services to survivors of war and forced migration in her clinic in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.
Dr. Duffecy is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services and Research in the Adult Mood Disorders program at UIC. She treats patients in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic while also providing training and supervision to residents and interns in cognitive behavioral therapy.
Linda S. Grossman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois College of Medicine. She has served in many leadership positions throughout the years.
Dr. Ellen Herbener received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago, and her Doctoral Degree from Harvard University. She completed a psychology internship at Cambridge Hospital, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.
Dr. Imburgia is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry and Family Medicine. She treats patients in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic. She completed her doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in health psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in Psycho-Oncology at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and concerns related to chronic medical conditions. She approaches treatment from a collaborative standpoint and utilizes cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based interventions.
Dr. J. Konadu (pronounced: Koonaydoo) Fokuo (pronounced: Foecuoh) is a Clinical Instructor with the Mood and Anxiety Disorder clinic. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Rehabilitation Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her internship and postdoct...
Dr. Klumpp's main research interest is using a cognitive-affective neuroscience approach to understand anxiety and depression for clinical translation. She uses neuroimaging to delineate brain markers of response to psychotherapy to increase therapeutic success with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored, novel interventions. In addition, she translates discoveries from basic neuroscience to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders and depression.
Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.
Dr. Medrano is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC, and is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He treats individual clients and couples, and also provides training and supervision to residents and interns in behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies. As a native Spanish speaker, Dr. Medrano is a bicultural and bilingual provider.
Ms. Lawrence is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor. She provides individual therapy as well as couple’s counseling in the Mood and Anxiety Clinic. She has built her clinical experiences by working with adults who suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse in hospitals inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department as well as nursing homes and criminal justice system. Ms. Lawrence uses integrative approach in therapy to accommodate individual’s clinical needs.
Ms. Naulleau is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience. The majority of Ms. Naulleau's clinical experience has been working with adults facing various issues, including depression, anxiety, bereavement and relationship issues. She has some experience working with children and adolescents as well.
Ms. Ohayon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience. Ms. Ohayon has had a wide variety of clinical experiences having worked for several years in New York after completing her M.S.W. at New York University. In 2011, Ms. Ohayon relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked for 7 years, treating adults, children and families impacted by chronic trauma. Ms. Ohayon spent the last year and a half as a social worker with the Chicago Public Schools working with students who have complex special needs. Ms. Ohayon offers a non-judgmental, compassionate and collaborative approach to therapy with experience treating issues such as anxiety, depression, family conflict, grief, parenting, peer relationships.
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.
Dr. Sabhapathy (they/she) received their medical degree and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. They subsequently completed psychiatry residency training at UIC, where they served as chief resident and an inaugural member of the clinician-educator track. She presently directs the Department of Psychiatry’s Gender Affirmative Clinic, which provides mental health services for transgender and nonbinary people. Dr. Sabhapathy also works with patients in the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric, medical, and surgical units, and provides consultative services for primary care providers. Her clinical interests include expanding access to comprehensive mental health care for underserved populations, particularly women, gender minorities, and people of color.
Dr. Weisman is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. In addition to treating individual patients using traditional and third-wave cognitive-behavioral approaches, she also provides training and supervision to residents and interns in these modalities. Dr. Weisman specializes in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, with emphasis on exposure therapy as well as transdiagnostic approaches to comorbid anxiety and depression. She also treats body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., trichotillomania, skin-picking) and holds a certification in prolonged exposure therapy (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder conferred through Emory University’s consultant training program.
Ms. Week is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides psychotherapy to adults experiencing a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, adjustment to illness, and problems within relationships. She has vast experience in working with individuals adjusting to a new diagnosis or chronic illness. She integrates various therapeutic modalities into her approach, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. She provides a warm and collaborative therapeutic space for her clients.
Dr. Noah Yulish is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Counseling Psychology focusing on what contributes to positive outcomes in therapy. He completed his internship at the Hines VA and his postdoctoral fellowship at the Jesse Brown VA focusing on trauma, substance abuse, and pain. Throughout the therapeutic process, Dr. Yulish collaborates with clients to empower them to lead personally fulfilling lives. Using an integrative approach rooted in evidence-based practice, he helps clients examine their lives, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to jointly decide if they want to create a context for change.
Call today to speak with one of our intake coordinators. 312.996.2200