Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic

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Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic (CAC)


About Us

The Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic (CAC) provides evidence-based comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of ADHD for individuals 4-22 years old. Many children and adolescents treated at our clinic also have other difficulties including learning problems, oppositional and disruptive behaviors, mood and anxiety disorders and various medical problems.

Our Services

 

Initial ADHD evaluation

90-minute appointment including a detailed history of the child’s behavior, medical and family history, observation of child’s behavior,and review of behavior rating scales.

 

Individualized Treatment Plan

Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan specific to the child’s needs will be determined.

 

Psychoeducation / pharmacoeducation

Ongoing education about ADHD, medication, and behavioral interventions is an integral part of ADHD management.

 

Medication Management (pharmacotherapy)

Medication is highly effective in most children with ADHD. Stimulants are the first line of treatment and have been widely studied.

 

Educational Advocacy

Assistance with determining if child is eligible for academic accommodations and navigating the school system.

 

Parent Management Training/ Behavioral Therapy

Consisting of 8-12 weekly sessions, PMT focuses on addressing the child’s functional impairments related to ADHD at home, school, and/or with peers by providing strategies for managing challenging behaviors and reducing overall family stress.

 

Psychological Assessment/ Psychological Testing

Psychological testing may be recommended to assess the child’s cognitive strengths and challenges in order to assist in educational and treatment planning.

 

Additional Therapy Services

Individual and/or family therapy may be recommended for children and adolescents who have mood or anxiety concerns in addition to ADHD.

Treatment Team

The CAC Team is composed of specialists from child psychiatry and psychology. As part of the Clinic’s education mission, medical students and trainees from psychiatry, social work, psychology, nursing, family medicine, and pediatrics may join the team to enhance the multidisciplinary approach.

Katie Lawton PhD

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Clinical Psychologist, Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic (CAC)

Dr. Lawton is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University. She completed her internship in Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and her postdoctoral fellowship at Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience. Dr. Lawton’s clinical interests include clinical assessment, psychosocial treatment for children with ADHD and disruptive behavior, and parent and family-based treatment. Broadly, her research interests focus on mental health disparities and improving access to care for diverse children and families.

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Katie Lawton

Amber May MD

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Comprehensive ADHD Clinic (CAC)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Amber May, MD, is the Medical Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic (CAC) and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. May has been at UIC since 2012, most recently graduating from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship during which she served as Chief Fellow. She earned her medical doctorate degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a specialization in Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Amber May is an active member of various professional medical organizations, currently serving on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Local Arrangements Committee for the national conference held in Chicago this year.

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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

Make an Appointment

Call today to speak with one of our intake coordinators. 312.996.7723