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Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program


About Us

The Mission of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at The University of Illinois 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.

Mood and Anxiety

Conditions Treated

  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Our Services

 

Full Diagnostics on Psycho-social and Medical-psychiatric Evaluation

 

Individualized Treatment Planning

 

Individual Psychotherapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy( CBT)

 

Medication Management (Pharmacotherapy)

 

Group Psychotherapy

 

Electroconvulsive Therapy Service (ECT)

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Treatment Team

Our team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers.

Alexandra Aaronson MD MSCI

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Dr. Aaronson is a neuropsychiatrist clinician-researcher with a primary career goal of improving treatments for individuals with complex neuropsychiatric conditions. Her primary appointment is at the Edward J. Hines VA Hospital, wherein she is the recipient of a CDA2 award, with the objective of cre...

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Alexandra Aaronson

Olusola Ajilore MD PhD

  • Associate Head for Faculty Development
  • University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience (UI CDR) Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Director, Clinical Research Core/Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Director, Adult Neuroscience Residency Research Track
  • Co-Director, UICOM Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago

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.

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Olusola Ajilore

Mary Bunn PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Co-Director, Global Mental Health Research and Training Program, Center for Global Health
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Psychiatry. She is also a core faculty member and Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Research and Training Program in the UIC Center for Global Health and a clinical faculty member in the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program where she provides therapy services to survivors of war, torture and forced migration.

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Mary Bunn

Kelsey N. Christensen PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

Kelsey N. Christensen, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorder program at UIC. Dr. Christensen received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication from DePauw University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Dr. Christensen received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a Health Emphasis, from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine from University of Washington School of Medicine and her post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology from the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System.

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Kelsey N. Christensen

Nicholas Dotson DNP PMHNP-BC

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Senior Director of Inpatient Adult & Adolescent Psychiatry

Nicholas (Nick) Dotson is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is dedicated to those patients impacted by mental illness, trauma, and substance abuse. Mr. Dotson has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and has worked with child, adolescent, and...

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Nicholas Dotson

Jenna Duffecy PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Dr. Duffecy is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. She serves as the director of UIC Resiliency Center for Student Wellbeing as well as the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research and Services. She specializes in providing evidence-based intervention to improve mental health and stress management with a focus on issues relevant for students, including anxiety, lifestyle changes and professional development. Much of her research focuses on how digital tools can be used to improve health and mental health.

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Jenna Duffecy

Linda S. Grossman PhD

  • Professor of Psychology

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.

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Linda S. Grossman

Ellen S. Herbener PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology

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.

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Ellen S. Herbener

Maricarmen Herrera LCSW

  • Medical Social Consultant

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J. Konadu Fokuo PhD

  • Visiting Clinical Instructor

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...

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J. Konadu Fokuo

Kathleen J. Kashima PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Kashima is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy to individuals in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UIC.  She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at UCLA and postdoctoral fellowships in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and health psychology. ...

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Kathleen J. Kashima

Eitan Kimchi MD

  • Director, Clinician Educator Track
  • Director of Academic Initiatives
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Kimchi is Director of Academic Initiatives, and Director of the Clinician Educator Track at the University of Illinois Chicago. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program and his geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He subsequently joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins before relocating to the Chicagoland area. He was on faculty at Rush University Medical Center from 2016 to 2022 where he served as Associate Residency Training Director of Psychiatry, Medical Director of Emergency Psychiatry, and Associate Medical Director of the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry. There he chaired the Emergency Department’s Mental Health Committee and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Faculty Development Committee. His clinical and research interests lie in medical education, decision-making capacity, dementia, and emergency psychiatric care. He has authored several textbook chapters on emergency geriatric psychiatry, cognitive disorders, behavioral disturbances in dementia, and decision-making capacity. Dr. Kimchi has been invited to give Grand Rounds at academic medical centers and to chair panels at national conferences on decision-making capacity.

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Eitan Kimchi

Heide Klumpp PhD

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Klumpp takes a neuroscience approach to understand internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression for clinical translation. To this end, she uses electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging to delineate brain-based markers of clinical behavior and treatment outcome. She also uses sleep measures (e.g., actigraphy) to understand the intersection of sleep and internalizing disorders.

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Heide Klumpp

Alex Leow MD PhD

  • Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
  • University of Illinois Chicago

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.

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Alex Leow

Carol Marshall LCSW

  • Medical Social Consultant
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Ms. Marshall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Adult Psychiatry Department. She is dedicated to serving adults and their families who have unique social and emotional needs. Ms. Marshall has experience working with diverse populations (ages, ethnicities, religions, LGBTQ, and social economic statuses.) She has worked in a variety of milieus – private practice, in-patient psychiatry, and in an Emergency Department. Her interests focus around helping adults with depressive disorders, anxiety, ADHD, family issues, trauma/loss/domestic violence, and substance abuse. Ms. Marshall uses a variety of therapy methods; using the technique which will best aid the patient in the treatment process. She received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 1999.

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Carol Marshall

Gustavo R. Medrano PhD ABPP

  • Board Certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology
  • Associate Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Dr. Medrano is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and is the Associate Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. He 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.

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Gustavo R. Medrano

Rose Milano LCSW

  • Medical Social Consultant

Ms. Milano is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years experience.While her recent work has focused on adults. she started her career providing support to children and families. She has provided services in a variety of settings including the community, inpatient, and outpatient clinics. Ms. Milano utilizes a person centered, trauma informed approach, employing a variety of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic. Ms. Milano works with her clients to build a supportive, trusting, and collaborative relationship.

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Rose Milano

Wookyung Nari Lawrence LCSW CADC

  • Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Beatrice T. Naulleau LCSW

  • Medical Social Consultant

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.

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Beatrice T. Naulleau

Luke Petry MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Petry attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine then began residency in the UIC Psychiatry program where he was Chief Resident of Education and selected as a National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative Scholar. He works on the inpatient med-psych unit, in the outpatient neuropsychiatry clinic, as a supervisor of medical student and resident trainees, and performs Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) procedures.

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Luke Petry

S. Sharma PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Dr. Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. In addition to treating individual patients, she also provides training and supervision to residents and interns.  Dr. Sharma’s approach to treatment is integrative, with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and other evidence-based approaches, within a biopsychosocial model. Dr. Sharma’s clinical interests include treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma and ADHD. Dr. Sharma received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the SUNY Upstate Medical University, Department of Psychiatry.

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Deepa Shrestha APRN DNP

  • Nurse Practitioner

Deepa is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a doctorate degree in nurse practitioner. She has clinical experiences working with adults and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her clinical experiences include assessing, diagnosing, and providing group psychotherapy to adults and adolescents suffering acute and chronic mental health crisis.

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Deepa Shrestha

Rebecca Spizzirri PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Spizzirri is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. Dr. Spizzirri provides individual therapy for adults with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other related disorders. She works collaboratively with her clients to create treatment plans that are tailored to each individual’s needs and goals. Dr. Spizzirri provides empirically-supported treatments, including techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. She values practicing with cultural humility and strives to promote equity in healthcare. Dr. Spizzirri also has experience providing training and supervision to student-clinicians and residents.

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Teresa Sripada MD

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Sripada’s areas of interest and activity focus on mood, anxiety and attentional disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She works with inpatients in our UIC hospital adult psychiatric unit. She participates in medical student and resident education including the supervision of resident psychotherapy. Dr. Sripada  is a graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her training in general psychiatry at Northwestern University/ Evanston Hospital. She completed additional training in Child & Adolescent  Psychiatry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. She is board certified in general psychiatry and in child psychiatry.  

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Teresa Sripada

Kristina Stevens MSN APRN PMHNP-BC

  • Mood and Anxiety, Resiliency Center, specializing in ADHD

Kristina Stevens is passionate about providing excellent treatment of adult ADHD, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders, as well as recovery from sexual trauma and postpartum/antepartum depression and anxiety. An alumnus of UIC’s Master’s of Nursing program, Kristina is intimately familiar with the UIC community and excited to call it her professional home.

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Kristina Stevens

Perry Tsai MD PhD

  • Post-doctoral Fellow (T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health)
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Perry Tsai received his BA from Harvard College and his MD and PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in general psychiatry at UIC as a research-track resident, and he is excited to continue as a postdoctoral fellow and clinical instructor. Dr. Tsai studied HIV as a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, and he is now studying the connection between inflammation and mood disorders, with a specific focus on Long COVID.

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Perry Tsai

Jody Wong DO

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Dr. Wong joined the UIC Department of Psychiatry in 2023. Prior to this, she completed her Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Northwestern University and her General Psychiatry residency at Wayne State University. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Wong works within the Mood and Anxiety Division, but also has an interest in treating substance use disorders and dual diagnoses patients.

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Jody Wong

Weiyang Xie PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Xie is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. She treats individual clients and provides training and supervision to residents and interns. Dr. Xie holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Xie’s treatment framework is integrative, working from cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, dialectical-behavioral, and other evidenced based approaches within a multicultural lens. Her clinical areas include treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, trauma, suicide prevention and intervention. Dr. Xie is board certified in biofeedback for treating anxiety and stress related health problems. Dr. Xie is a native Chinese speaker. She provides bilingual and bicultural services.

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Weiyang Xie

Briahna Yuodsnukis PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Briahna Yuodsnukis (she/her), PhD, is a Queer, generation 2.5 immigrant, multi-ethnic clinical psychologist. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. She provides individual therapy to patients across the lifespan, and also provides training and supervision to graduate students in Clinical Psychology PhD Program at UIC. Dr. Yuodsnukis has special interests in trauma, disordered eating, anxiety disorders, and working with individuals with marginalized identities. Much of her work emphasizes the impact of minority stress on mental, social, and physical well-being

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Briahna Yuodsnukis

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