Principal Investigators

EDUCATION

Learn More

Breadcrumb

  1. Education
  2. Principal Investigators

Principal Investigators

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Addictions

Emma Childs PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Emma Childs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of The Human Addiction Psychopharmacology laboratory. Dr Childs’ research is dedicated to improving our understanding of addictive disorders. One of her primary areas of interest is studying how powerful associations are formed between abused drugs and cues (i.e., the people, places and paraphernalia) surrounding drug use.

View Profile

Amy W. Lasek PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anatomy and Cell Biology
Dr. Lasek is interested in the molecular and cell biological factors that contribute to alcohol use disorders and drug addiction. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Biology and Biochemistry and received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry at UIC, Dr. Lasek was an Associate Investigator at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where she cultivated her interests in molecular neuroscience and addiction research.

View Profile

Subhash C. Pandey PhD

  • Director, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics
  • Professor of Biochemistry in Psychiatry
  • Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Director, Neuroscience Alcoholism Research
  • Senior VA Career Research Scientist
  • Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Subhash Pandey is a nationally and internationally well-known neuroscientist in the alcohol addiction field and has contributed significantly towards a better understanding of the neurobiology of alcoholism. Two striking features of alcohol addiction are the rapid onset of tolerance to the acute effects of alcohol and the development of ethanol withdrawal symptoms after cessation of protracted ethanol consumption.

View Profile

Judith A. Richman PhD

  • Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry

Dr. Richman is a sociologist and psychiatric epidemiologist who has been the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded longitudinal studies for the past 25 years.

View Profile

Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Dr. Rospenda’s research centers on occupational stress and its impact on the mental health, physical health, and drinking behavior of employees. She is a leading researcher in the area of workplace harassment. She has had several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the first representative national study of workplace harassment and discrimination, use of health and mental health services, and alcohol use/abuse. Her current research involves the investigation of how conflict between work and caregiving roles impacts mental health and drinking behavior in a community sample, and a project to assess how workplace and school experiences of harassment and bullying influences the drinking behavior of college students over time. Dr. Rospenda is also an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in UIC’s School Public Health.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - ADHD

Marc Atkins PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Director, Institute for Juvenile Research
  • Director, Community Engagement and Collaboration
  • Center for Clinical Translational Science
Dr. Atkins is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also directs the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research. He is a recipient of numerous grants from the NIMH and private foundations in the areas of childhood ADHD and aggression and community mental health services for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. His work has examined new models for mental health practice in urban communities to address long-standing disparities in mental health care. He is a frequent consultant to the Chicago Public Schools, as well as the Illinois Division of Mental Health and the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Department of Health, on guidelines for school and community based mental health programs and practices.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Anxiety Disorders

Heide Klumpp PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Klumpp's main research interest is using a cognitive-affective neuroscience approach to understand anxiety and depression for clinical translation. She uses neuroimaging to delineate brain markers of response to psychotherapy to increase therapeutic success with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored, novel interventions. In addition, she translates discoveries from basic neuroscience to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders and depression.

View Profile

David Simpson PhD, LCSW

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Social Work
David Simpson

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Autism

Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Edwin Cook is the Director of Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UI Health. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. He specializes in treating ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Stuttering. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Biostatistics

Dulal K. Bhaumik PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Biostatistics and Bioengineering
  • Director, Biostatistical Research Center
Dulal is a Professor of Psychiatry, Biostatistics and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his BS in Statistics from Calcutta University, his MS in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, and his PhD in the same field from the University of Maryland. Before joining UIC, he served as a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of South Alabama.

View Profile

Kwan Hur

Chunyu Liu PhD

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Liu has a long-term interest in understanding of molecular basis of psychiatric diseases. His laboratory participated in one of the bipolar genetics research consortiums and discovered the rare copy number variant (CNV) burden in early-onset bipolar disorder.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Cognition

Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Neuroscience Research Tracks
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.

View Profile

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.

View Profile

Anand Kumar MD, MHA

  • Department Head
  • Lizzie Gilman Professor

Anand Kumar, M.D., is Lizzie Gilman Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from MadrasMedicalCollege in Madras, India.

View Profile

Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

View Profile

Neil H. Pliskin PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Director, Neurobehavior Program
  • Director, Neuropsychology Service
Dr. Pliskin is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology with years of experience working as a neuropsychologist and directing Neuropsychology training programs. He has a special interest in the neuropsychological sequelae of medical illness. Dr. Pliskin has published in the areas of renal disease, multiple sclerosis, and dementia and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of electrical shock injuries.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Epidemiology

Martin Harrow PhD

  • Professor Emeritus

Dr. Harrow, a former chessmaster who placed in the top 7 in the U.S. Open Chess Championship three times and has two draws in two tournament chess games against Bobby Fischer, is a psychologist who is a widely-cited expert on schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. He has published over 250 scientific papers and four books on these and related areas.

View Profile

Lisa A. Razzano PhD, CPRP

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UIC Department of Psychiatry
  • Deputy Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy
  • Director of Graduate Studies, UIC College of Medicine
  • Director of Research, Thresholds
Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Director for the James Scholar Program at the UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Razzano is recognized internationally for her funded research and workforce development programs focusing on mental health recovery, physical health co-morbidities, mental health aspects of HIV/AIDS, and community intervention and services research.

View Profile

Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Dr. Rospenda’s research centers on occupational stress and its impact on the mental health, physical health, and drinking behavior of employees. She is a leading researcher in the area of workplace harassment. She has had several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the first representative national study of workplace harassment and discrimination, use of health and mental health services, and alcohol use/abuse. Her current research involves the investigation of how conflict between work and caregiving roles impacts mental health and drinking behavior in a community sample, and a project to assess how workplace and school experiences of harassment and bullying influences the drinking behavior of college students over time. Dr. Rospenda is also an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in UIC’s School Public Health.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Genetics

Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Edwin Cook is the Director of Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UI Health. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. He specializes in treating ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Stuttering. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor.

View Profile

Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Health Access

Marc Atkins PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Director, Institute for Juvenile Research
  • Director, Community Engagement and Collaboration
  • Center for Clinical Translational Science
Dr. Atkins is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also directs the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research. He is a recipient of numerous grants from the NIMH and private foundations in the areas of childhood ADHD and aggression and community mental health services for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. His work has examined new models for mental health practice in urban communities to address long-standing disparities in mental health care. He is a frequent consultant to the Chicago Public Schools, as well as the Illinois Division of Mental Health and the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Department of Health, on guidelines for school and community based mental health programs and practices.

View Profile

Mary Bunn PhD

  • Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry
  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry
  • Deputy Director of Global Mental Health, Center for Global Health
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is a Research Scientist at the UIC, Department of Psychiatry. She is also the Deputy Director of Global Mental Health in the Center for Global Health and provides therapy services to survivors of war and forced migration in her clinic in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.

View Profile

Judith A. Cook PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
Dr. Cook is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She directs a federally funded research center along with numerous grants focused on intervention science and psychiatric epidemiology. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations.

View Profile

Sylvia Herbozo PhD

  • Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery
Dr. Herbozo received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research at Yale University. Prior to her current position, Dr. Herbozo was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University. She was also a scholar in the Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research Institute of the Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research which is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

View Profile

Lisa A. Sanchez-Johnsen PhD

  • Research Director, Bariatric Surgery/Obesity Research Program
  • Research Director, Multicultural and Latino Health Research Program
  • Research Director, Health Psychology Research Program
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Director of the following programs: Bariatric Surgery/Obesity Research Program, Multicultural and Latino Health Research Program, and the Health Psychology Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is an active member of the University of Illinois Cancer Center and a member of the Mile Square Health Center Research Council at UIC. Dr. Sanchez-Johnsen currently serves as the Project Leader/ Core Co-lead on the Planning and Evaluation Core of an NCI U54 grant focused on cancer health equity (U54CA202995, U54CA202997, and U54CA203000), as well as the PI of a Proposal Development Grant focused on obesity in Latino men (funded by NCI grants U54CA202995, U54CA202997, and U54CA203000).

View Profile

Tara G. Mehta PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Director of Psychology Training
Dr. Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Psychology Training in the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The central theme of Dr. Mehta’s work is to reduce the persistent disparities in access to mental health services for ethnic minority children and families. Dr. Mehta's work is based in an ecological public health model and she conducts community-based collaborative research focused on (1) developing culturally responsive, alternative models of mental health services for children and youth and (2) workforce development to enhance the capacity of community organizations to sustain accessible, effective services that enhance children’s and youth's well-being and promote mental health. Dr. Mehta is part of a team that has developed new mental health service models that promote children’s mental health and increase the accessibility, effectiveness, and sustainability of children’s mental health services.  Her specific interests include leveraging natural resources (teachers, staff) in settings critical to children’s development and mental health (school, after-school), activating paraprofessionals to promote and enhance services, and enhancing organizational factors that are crucial to maintain and sustain effective practices. Dr. Mehta has collaborated with multiple partners in Chicago, including the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, community mental health centers, and non-profit organizations.

View Profile

Alison K. Newman PhD, ABPP

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Surgery
Dr. Alison Newman is a clinical health psychologist. She graduated from University of Arizona after majoring in Psychology. She then moved to San Diego in 2006 where she began her graduate education in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed an internship in Clinical Health Psychology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

View Profile

Lisa A. Razzano PhD, CPRP

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UIC Department of Psychiatry
  • Deputy Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy
  • Director of Graduate Studies, UIC College of Medicine
  • Director of Research, Thresholds
Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Director for the James Scholar Program at the UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Razzano is recognized internationally for her funded research and workforce development programs focusing on mental health recovery, physical health co-morbidities, mental health aspects of HIV/AIDS, and community intervention and services research.

View Profile

Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Dr. Rospenda’s research centers on occupational stress and its impact on the mental health, physical health, and drinking behavior of employees. She is a leading researcher in the area of workplace harassment. She has had several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the first representative national study of workplace harassment and discrimination, use of health and mental health services, and alcohol use/abuse. Her current research involves the investigation of how conflict between work and caregiving roles impacts mental health and drinking behavior in a community sample, and a project to assess how workplace and school experiences of harassment and bullying influences the drinking behavior of college students over time. Dr. Rospenda is also an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in UIC’s School Public Health.

View Profile

Brittany N. Rudd PhD

  • Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director, Implementation Science and System-Involved Youth Research and Policy Program
Brittany Rudd

Stevan M. Weine MD

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center for Global Health

Dr. Weine is Professor of Psychiatry at the UIC College of Medicine, where he also Director of Global Medicine and Director of the Center for Global Health. For the past 25 years he has conducted a program of research focused on trauma- and migration-impacted populations.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - HIV

Judith A. Cook PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
Dr. Cook is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She directs a federally funded research center along with numerous grants focused on intervention science and psychiatric epidemiology. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations.

View Profile

Geri Donenberg PhD

  • Associate Dean of Research, School of Public Health
  • Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

Dr. Geri Donenberg received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Political Science at the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts and Doctoral Degree in clinical psychology from UCLA. She completed her psychology internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and was a recently Fulbright Scholar in South Africa.

View Profile

Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

View Profile

Eileen Martin PhD

  • Professor in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rush University

For more information, visit Dr. Martin's Rush University profile.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Mood Disorders

Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Neuroscience Research Tracks
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.

View Profile

Mary Bunn PhD

  • Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry
  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry
  • Deputy Director of Global Mental Health, Center for Global Health
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is a Research Scientist at the UIC, Department of Psychiatry. She is also the Deputy Director of Global Mental Health in the Center for Global Health and provides therapy services to survivors of war and forced migration in her clinic in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.

View Profile

Anand Kumar MD, MHA

  • Department Head
  • Lizzie Gilman Professor

Anand Kumar, M.D., is Lizzie Gilman Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from MadrasMedicalCollege in Madras, India.

View Profile

Chunyu Liu PhD

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Liu has a long-term interest in understanding of molecular basis of psychiatric diseases. His laboratory participated in one of the bipolar genetics research consortiums and discovered the rare copy number variant (CNV) burden in early-onset bipolar disorder.

View Profile

Ghanshyam N. Pandey PhD

  • Professor of Pharmacology with tenure, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Dr. Pandey is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry since 1981 and is Director of Mood Disorders and Suicide Research Program. His main research interests are in the neurobiology of mood disorders (bipolar illness and depression), schizophrenia and suicide. Dr. Pandey is nationally and internationally renowned expert on biochemical abnormalities associated with mood disorders and suicide. In Order to examine these neurobiological abnormalities, Dr. Pandey has been studying the role of monoamine receptors and receptor-linked signaling systems in the postmortem brain obtained from teenage and adult suicide victims and age-matched normal control subjects.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Neurochemistry/Molecular Biology

James Auta PhD, PharmD, MBA

  • Associate Professor

Associate Professor at UIC. Dr. Auta has extensive experience on the behavioral, molecular and neuropharmacology of GABAergic, glutamatergic and nicotinic receptors neurotransmission; and more recently, the neuropharmacology and pathology of the cerebellum during acute and chronic alcohol exposure.

View Profile

Dennis R. Grayson PhD

  • Professor of Molecular Neuroscience
Dr. Grayson is interested in epigenetic mechanisms associated with psychiatric disease. We study DNA methylation and other repressive epigenetic marks. In addition, we are currently investigating abnormal patterns of gene expression following chronic alcohol use and withdrawal. The overall goals are to identify new drug targets in each paradigm to establish new therapeutic approaches for treatment. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Biochemistry and obtained the PhD in Biochemistry from Wayne State School of Medicine.

View Profile

Alessandro Guidotti MD

  • Scientific Director, Psychiatric Institute
  • Distinguished Professor
Alessandro Guidotti is the Scientific Director of the Psychiatric Institute, and Professor of Psychiatry and Biochemistry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago. Prof. Guidotti’s outstanding research record ranges from the report that benzodiazepines, allosterically acting at specific GABAa receptor sites, enhance GABA’s gating of Cl channels dating back to the 1970′s up to his recent pioneer studies on the role of reelin in human cortex and on demethylation of promoters expressed in GABAergic neurons as a potential mechanism of antipsychotic action.

View Profile

Lech Kiedrowski PhD

  • Research Associate Professor

Dr. Kiedrowski’s long-term objective is to conduct studies aimed at further understanding the mechanisms of neuronal dysfunction or death during neuropsychiatric diseases and stroke, and to identify novel targets for pharmacological intervention to treat these diseases. Currently, Dr.

View Profile

John Larson PhD

  • Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry
John Larson is Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry and Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in understanding the role of synaptic plasticity mechanisms in learning and memory formation. Dr. Larson studies mouse models for diseases affecting learning and memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Of particular interest is the neurobiology of Fragile X Syndrome, a monogenetic disorder that is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the most common known cause of autism. Dr. Larson is also interested in the synaptic and cellular mechanisms responsible for neuronal damage after oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) as occurs in stroke.

View Profile

Amy W. Lasek PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anatomy and Cell Biology
Dr. Lasek is interested in the molecular and cell biological factors that contribute to alcohol use disorders and drug addiction. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Biology and Biochemistry and received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry at UIC, Dr. Lasek was an Associate Investigator at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where she cultivated her interests in molecular neuroscience and addiction research.

View Profile

Chunyu Liu PhD

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Liu has a long-term interest in understanding of molecular basis of psychiatric diseases. His laboratory participated in one of the bipolar genetics research consortiums and discovered the rare copy number variant (CNV) burden in early-onset bipolar disorder.

View Profile

Ghanshyam N. Pandey PhD

  • Professor of Pharmacology with tenure, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Dr. Pandey is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry since 1981 and is Director of Mood Disorders and Suicide Research Program. His main research interests are in the neurobiology of mood disorders (bipolar illness and depression), schizophrenia and suicide. Dr. Pandey is nationally and internationally renowned expert on biochemical abnormalities associated with mood disorders and suicide. In Order to examine these neurobiological abnormalities, Dr. Pandey has been studying the role of monoamine receptors and receptor-linked signaling systems in the postmortem brain obtained from teenage and adult suicide victims and age-matched normal control subjects.

View Profile

Subhash C. Pandey PhD

  • Director, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics
  • Professor of Biochemistry in Psychiatry
  • Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Director, Neuroscience Alcoholism Research
  • Senior VA Career Research Scientist
  • Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Subhash Pandey is a nationally and internationally well-known neuroscientist in the alcohol addiction field and has contributed significantly towards a better understanding of the neurobiology of alcoholism. Two striking features of alcohol addiction are the rapid onset of tolerance to the acute effects of alcohol and the development of ethanol withdrawal symptoms after cessation of protracted ethanol consumption.

View Profile

Graziano Pinna PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Graziano Pinna

Amynah Pradhan PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Pradhan’s research focuses on the neuropharmacology of opioid receptors. She received her PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from McGill University, where she studied the behaviorally relevant populations of mu and delta opioid receptors, and interactions between them. Dr. Pradhan then did a postdoctoral fellowship at AstraZeneca Montreal, where she helped characterize a novel protein involved with pain processing.

View Profile

Mark Rasenick PhD

  • Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
  • Director, Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program
  • Research Career Scientist, Jesse Brown VAMC
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Dr. Rasenick’s work has focused on G protein signaling in the nervous system and the relationship of neurotransmitter activation to rapid modification of the cytoskeleton.  He has been particularly interested in how G proteins and the cytoskeleton work in concert to modify synaptic shape and to form a molecular basis for depression and the action of antidepressant drugs.

View Profile

Rajiv P. Sharma MD

  • Research Professor of Psychiatry, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Neuroscience
  • Director of the Psychosis Program
Dr. Rajiv P. Sharma is a Research Professor of Psychiatry. Over the past 30 years, he has examined multiple aspects of the schizophrenia illness, including clinical presentations, biochemical studies (hormones, immune molecules, monoamine metabolites, neuropeptides), as well as molecular studies in living subjects, postmortem brain samples, and cell studies. His research is funded by NIH. He is currently focusing on the dissection of epigenetic gene regulation in schizophrenia, pertaining to immune function, cognition, treatment response.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Neuroimaging

Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Neuroscience Research Tracks
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.

View Profile

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.

View Profile

Heide Klumpp PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Klumpp's main research interest is using a cognitive-affective neuroscience approach to understand anxiety and depression for clinical translation. She uses neuroimaging to delineate brain markers of response to psychotherapy to increase therapeutic success with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored, novel interventions. In addition, she translates discoveries from basic neuroscience to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders and depression.

View Profile

Anand Kumar MD, MHA

  • Department Head
  • Lizzie Gilman Professor

Anand Kumar, M.D., is Lizzie Gilman Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from MadrasMedicalCollege in Madras, India.

View Profile

Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

View Profile

Neil H. Pliskin PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Director, Neurobehavior Program
  • Director, Neuropsychology Service
Dr. Pliskin is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology with years of experience working as a neuropsychologist and directing Neuropsychology training programs. He has a special interest in the neuropsychological sequelae of medical illness. Dr. Pliskin has published in the areas of renal disease, multiple sclerosis, and dementia and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of electrical shock injuries.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Psychopharmacology

Emma Childs PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Emma Childs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of The Human Addiction Psychopharmacology laboratory. Dr Childs’ research is dedicated to improving our understanding of addictive disorders. One of her primary areas of interest is studying how powerful associations are formed between abused drugs and cues (i.e., the people, places and paraphernalia) surrounding drug use.

View Profile

Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Edwin Cook is the Director of Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UI Health. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. He specializes in treating ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Stuttering. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor.

View Profile

John Davis MD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research Professor of Medicine

Dr. Davis been involved in depression research since the early formulations of the biogenic amine hypothesis of depression in 1965 in collaboration with Bunney. He was one of the first few researchers in psychopharmacology, and wrote one of the earliest texts in collaboration with Don Klein.

View Profile

Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

View Profile

Amynah Pradhan PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Pradhan’s research focuses on the neuropharmacology of opioid receptors. She received her PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from McGill University, where she studied the behaviorally relevant populations of mu and delta opioid receptors, and interactions between them. Dr. Pradhan then did a postdoctoral fellowship at AstraZeneca Montreal, where she helped characterize a novel protein involved with pain processing.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Psychosis/Schizophrenia

Dennis R. Grayson PhD

  • Professor of Molecular Neuroscience
Dr. Grayson is interested in epigenetic mechanisms associated with psychiatric disease. We study DNA methylation and other repressive epigenetic marks. In addition, we are currently investigating abnormal patterns of gene expression following chronic alcohol use and withdrawal. The overall goals are to identify new drug targets in each paradigm to establish new therapeutic approaches for treatment. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Biochemistry and obtained the PhD in Biochemistry from Wayne State School of Medicine.

View Profile

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.

View Profile

Cherise Rosen PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Public Health in Psychiatry
  • Director of Behavioral Health Quality Management and Services Outcome Research
Dr. Cherise Rosen has conducted extensive research on aspects involving the symptoms and longitudinal course of psychosis. Her research has focused on the phenomenological constructs of psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, metacognition and self-disturbances. Much of Dr. Rosen’s research follows mixed-methods research designs to elucidate findings that include the subjective experience. Additionally, her research also investigates the underlying epigenetic mechanisms of psychosis.

View Profile

Rajiv P. Sharma MD

  • Research Professor of Psychiatry, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Neuroscience
  • Director of the Psychosis Program
Dr. Rajiv P. Sharma is a Research Professor of Psychiatry. Over the past 30 years, he has examined multiple aspects of the schizophrenia illness, including clinical presentations, biochemical studies (hormones, immune molecules, monoamine metabolites, neuropeptides), as well as molecular studies in living subjects, postmortem brain samples, and cell studies. His research is funded by NIH. He is currently focusing on the dissection of epigenetic gene regulation in schizophrenia, pertaining to immune function, cognition, treatment response.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Psychotherapy

Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil PhD

  • Co-Director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Dr. Abdul-Adil's career interest is culturally-sensitive, ecologically-appropriate, and evidence-based practices for low-income urban youth and families. His current research focuses on family-focused interventions for youth with trauma and co-occurring disruptive behavior and community violence exposure that are provided through university-community partnerships, service system collaborations, and national provider networks. Dr. Abdul-Adil is also one of the originators and nationally-renowned experts on the use of modern Rap music and Hip-Hop culture to enrich psychosocial interventions for urban youth.

View Profile

Heide Klumpp PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Klumpp's main research interest is using a cognitive-affective neuroscience approach to understand anxiety and depression for clinical translation. She uses neuroimaging to delineate brain markers of response to psychotherapy to increase therapeutic success with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored, novel interventions. In addition, she translates discoveries from basic neuroscience to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders and depression.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Trauma

Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil PhD

  • Co-Director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Dr. Abdul-Adil's career interest is culturally-sensitive, ecologically-appropriate, and evidence-based practices for low-income urban youth and families. His current research focuses on family-focused interventions for youth with trauma and co-occurring disruptive behavior and community violence exposure that are provided through university-community partnerships, service system collaborations, and national provider networks. Dr. Abdul-Adil is also one of the originators and nationally-renowned experts on the use of modern Rap music and Hip-Hop culture to enrich psychosocial interventions for urban youth.

View Profile

Mary Bunn PhD

  • Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry
  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry
  • Deputy Director of Global Mental Health, Center for Global Health
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW is a Research Scientist at the UIC, Department of Psychiatry. She is also the Deputy Director of Global Mental Health in the Center for Global Health and provides therapy services to survivors of war and forced migration in her clinic in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.

View Profile

Liza M. Suarez PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
  • Director, Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Co-Director, Urban Youth Trauma Center
Dr. Suarez’ interests focus on adolescent traumatic stress and substance abuse, treatment for anxiety disorders among urban youth, and empowering communities to address community violence and its impact on youth and families. Dr. Suarez has developed and is currently evaluating and disseminating an integrated intervention targeting traumatic stress and substance abuse problems in adolescents.

View Profile

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest - Women's Mental Health

Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

View Profile

Tory Eisenlohr-Moul PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Associate Director of Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul joins the Women’s Mental Health Research Program in January 2018. Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is a clinical scientist studying emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses to changing hormones across the menstrual cycle. Primary outcomes of interest are suicidality, substance abuse, and dysregulated interpersonal functioning (e.g., the interpersonal symptoms of borderline personality disorder or BPD).

View Profile