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Women's Mental Health and Reproductive Psychiatry


About Us

Welcome to the Women’s Mental Health and Reproductive Psychiatry Service at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where we provide excellence in clinical services, professional education, and research! It is a pioneer in Illinois and has been nationally recognized for its achievement, having won prestigious awards, like The American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Achievement Award for innovative Mental Health service delivery, and the American College of Psychiatrists’ Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education.

The Women’s Mental Health Program at UIC for several years was the only program in Illinois to offer both inpatient and outpatient women's mental health services, including specific services to pregnant women. As home to one of the first Women's Mental Health Fellowships in the country, UIC is also dedicated to shaping the future of women's mental health education.

 

Our Services

 

Through a comprehensive focus on women and newborns, our residents and fellows receive excellent training in psychopharmacotherapy for pregnant and breastfeeding women, interpersonal psychotherapy, perinatal loss and infertility, substance abuse in perinatal women, domestic violence, socio-cultural influences on perinatal psychiatric illness, influence of menstrual cycle and menopause, trauma-based disorders, sexual disorders, and the impact of maternal mental illness on the developing fetus and infant. Fellows will be allowed to select elective opportunities in their areas of particular interest and to supplement their training. Fellows will also have the opportunity to develop a scholarly project in women's mental health under the supervision of a research mentor. As the main tertiary center in WMH in Illinois, we get referrals from several areas of our state and neighboring states.Those include:

  • Patients with major mental illness who are pregnant or postpartum
  • Patients with mental illness related to the reproductive cycle (e.g. bipolar disorder that tends to cycle with menses, depression related to perimenopause or hormonal replacement therapy).
  • Patients with severe psychiatric symptoms in the context of gynecologic illnesses.
  • Female patients for whom parenting issues are central.
  • Victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse or sexual assault.
  • Female patients with eating disorders.
  • Women who feel they will be better understood on a specialized women's treatment service.
  • Medication management for transgender patients.

Treatment Team

Our clinicians are experts in caring for women with mental health disorders. Every clinician on our team has expertise, skills and credentials to care for women with mood and anxiety disorders, substance use, psychosis and any issues related to the reproductive cycle including pregnancy, post-partum, lactation, infertility and pregnancy loss, menopause and domestic violence. Our team includes psychiatrists, therapists, nurse practitioners and social workers, as well as psychiatrists-in-training, psychologists-in-training and social workers-in-training. Members of the team include:

Danijela Stojanac MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Co-Director in Women's Mental Health Division
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Fellowship

Dr. Stojanac joined UIC in July 2016 as a psychiatrist in the Outpatient Clinic of the Women’s Mental Health Program (WMH). Since then Dr. Stojanac has been dedicated to expanding Women’s Mental Health Outpatient Clinic and rotating in coverage of the Inpatient Women’s Mental Health Unit. Dr. Stojanac has been working with the team of WMH psychiatrists on developing Two Generation Clinic (lead by Dr. Melissa Wagner PhD) where mothers and their children can receive mental health care together. Dr.Stojanac is one of the two Co-Directors in Women's Mental Health Division. Dr. Stojanac has been teaching and supervising Adult Psychiatry Residents. She received Merton Max Gill, M.D. Award (2019) presented by graduating psychiatry residents for mentorship and excellence in teaching. She serves as Director of Women’s Mental Health Fellowship since June 2017, supervising two Women’s Mental Health Fellows.

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Danijela Stojanac

Melissa L. Wagner-Schuman MD PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Clinical Services

Dr. Melissa Wagner-Schuman was born and raised in Wisconsin and completed most of her training in the Milwaukee area. She went to undergrad at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She continued her education at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she received her MD in 2012 and received a PhD in Neuroscience in 2010. During the last several years of medical school she became interested in psychiatry, particularly at risk youth, and developed interventions to help prevent or limit adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

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Melissa L. Wagner-Schuman

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

Kristina Stevens MSN PMH-APN BC

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse, specializing in Women’s Mental Health

Ms. Stevens is passionate about providing excellent women's mental health to the UIC community. An alumnus of UIC's Masters of Nursing program, Ms. Stevens in comfortable wiith the UIC community and excited to call it her professional home

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Kristina Stevens

Lizabeth Fernandez LCSW CDVP

  • Clinical Social Worker

Lizabeth Fernandez, CDVP, LCSW is a bilingual (English/ Spanish) clinician who provides psychotherapy grounded in principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed practice, and cultural humility.  She completed her Masters in Social Work at UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work and ...

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Lizabeth Fernandez

Research

If interested, please visit Women's Mental Health Research Program (WMHRP).

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