Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic

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Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic (PMDC)

About Us

The Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic is a nationally recognized program in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders and their comorbid conditions. Our treatment team works to provide evidence based treatments for children and their families affected by mood disorders. This includes state of the art treatment with medication, and Cognitive behavior therapy focused group and family treatment, originally developed, tested and established in our program. Our approach is to collaborate with diverse schools and families building upon family strengths as they navigate their way to health. The clinic provides specialized training for child psychiatrists, medical students, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and social workers in the specialty of pediatric mood disorders.

Our Services


Diagnostic Evaluations

These comprehensive evaluations are completed by each of our multidisciplinary staff. We specifically serve children and adolescents with the spectrum of depression, bipolar disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder and psychosis as it relates to mood disorders. We recognize the presence of coexisting conditions such as ADHD and anxiety.



We provide evidence-based, step-wise management of medication to treat mania, depression, psychosis, aggression, comorbid ADHD and sleep problems in an organized systematic manner. We have researched this treatment method and gained promising outcomes from this careful approach.


Child and Family-Focused Therapy

Focused psychotherapy utilizes the following approaches to the treatment of mood disorders:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Family Psychoeducation

Rainbow/Child- and Family-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group

This evidence-based treatment group is designed for children and adolescents with mood dysregulation difficulties along with their families. Child- and parent-groups run simultaneously each week for a twelve-week course. The treatment group focuses on coping with symptoms of bipolar spectrum and other mood dysregulation disorders, improving family and social functioning, enhancing self-esteem, and parent self-care. Parents also learn to be coaches in applying their skills in helping the children.


Teen Girls Group - Depression

This is a group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for adolescent girls ages 13-18 with primary depressive spectrum disorders. The group runs for 12 weeks and focuses on coping with symptoms of depression, including:

  • Understanding the symptoms of depression
  • How to monitor moods
  • How to identify and change negative thoughts
  • How to communicate with peers and family
  • Developing relaxation and coping skills
  • Developing effective problem solving skills

School Collaboration

We work with schools in joining their IEP meetings via teleconference. We actively liaise with teachers to provide quality education while offering counseling for parents with regards to the best learning environment suited for any specific individual.

Treatment Team


  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing
  • Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic

Dr. Carbray holds her PhD (93) and Master of Science (88) degrees from Rush University, Chicago and her Bachelors of Science (87) degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has been on faculty at UIC since 1993. As faculty, Dr. Carbray teaches course content in psychopharmacology, mood disorders, and development and therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents for students across various multidisciplinary programs within the UIC community. As the Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic, Dr. Carbray leads the clinical program and multidisciplinary training for the clinic, and is a nationally recognized clinical expert in the area of children and adolescents with mood disorders. Dr. Carbray has a national reputation of excellence in serving families of children with mood disorders, and was recognized by the UIC community in 2008 by receiving the Karen Gousman Excellence in Nursing Award, the 2008 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Best Practices in an Outpatient Program for Bipolar Disorder Award, In 2012 the UIC Inspire Award at the University of Illinois at Chicago for outstanding examples of UICs core values, and in 2016 the APNA Distinguished Service Award for her service to her profession. Dr. Carbray has been training nurse practitioners at IJR since she started at UIC and in 2019 was awarded Preceptor of the Year by the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program at the UIC College of Nursing.

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Julie A. Carbray

Sally Weinstein PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Associate Director, University of Illinois Center on Depression and Resilience (UICDR)
  • Director, Psychosocial Training
  • Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Sally Weinstein, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. Dr. Weinstein provides clinical evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents with mood disorders; facilitates the RAINBOW group therapy program for children with bipolar disorder and the Teen Girls Depression Group; and directs the psychosocial training of psychology interns and externs completing a clinical rotation in PMDC.

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Sally Weinstein

Mathias James Lillig MD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Mathias Lillig is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program at UIC. Dr. Lillig is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in treating children and adolescents with depression and bipolar disorder.

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Mathias James Lillig

M. Amanda Myers LCSW

  • Medical Social Consultant
  • Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic
  • Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Illinois DocAssist

Amanda Myers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2016, she received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW). In addition, Ms. Myers received a certificate from the Integrated Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Care Training program while at JACSW, which focuses on practical skill development of evidence-based therapy techniques for individuals aged 5-15 years old.

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M. Amanda Myers

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