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.
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.
Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan specific to the child’s needs will be determined.
Ongoing education about ADHD, medication, and behavioral interventions is an integral part of ADHD management.
Medication is highly effective in most children with ADHD. Stimulants are the first line of treatment and have been widely studied.
Assistance with determining if child is eligible for academic accommodations and navigating the school system.
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 testing may be recommended to assess the child’s cognitive strengths and challenges in order to assist in educational and treatment planning.
Individual and/or family therapy may be recommended for children and adolescents who have mood or anxiety concerns in addition to ADHD.
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.
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.
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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