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Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Associate Head, Clinical Services
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Dr. Cook is the Director of Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Associate Head of Clinical Services in the department. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in treating comorbid psychiatric disorders for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor of Psychiatry.

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Joseph J. Cooper MD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director of Psychiatry Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Co-Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine
Dr. Cooper joined the UIC Department of Psychiatry in 2018. He completed undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, medical school and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at Northwestern University. Prior to joining UIC, he served as the Director of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation Services and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.

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Phil Gorelick MD, MPH

Daniel Hier MD

Yevgenya Kaydanova MD, PhD

Kyle J. Jennette PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Jennette is Clinical Neuropsychologist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine.  Dr. Jennette earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Flagler College, master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at UI Health.

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Linda Laatsch PhD

Deborah Little PhD

Carol Macmillan MD

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.

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David Nyenhuis PhD

Laura Pedelty MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Co-Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

Dr. Laura Pedelty is Chief of the UI Health Neurobehavioral Section of the Department of Neurology, and a member of the Stroke section. She takes care of inpatient stroke patients and does outpatient assessment and care of patients who have had strokes and patients with mental disorders. Dr.

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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.

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John Sweeney PhD

Keith Thulborn MD, PhD

  • Professor of Radiology, Pysiology, and Biosphysics
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Keith Thulborn's research entails the development of magnetic resonance imaging technology for functional, physiological and metabolic investigations of the normal human brain and in the setting of pathology. Clinical applications include investigations of cognitive function at the acute, subacute and rehabilitation stages of stroke, dementia as related to Alzheimer’s disease and presurgical planning for arteriovenous malformations and brain tumors. Research applications are geared towards producing a biochemical model of brain function.

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Rita Shapiro DO, FAAN, FACP

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Shapiro is a board-certified physician in neurology and internal medicine with special qualifications in geriatrics. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology. Her career focus has involved clinical care and teaching. Dr. Shapiro has extensive past experience in academically affiliated VA medical centers and remains engaged with patient care and education at the Jesse Brown VA Medical center.

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Woojin Song PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Dr. Woojin Song specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders, with particular interests in age-related cognitive decline, dementias, movement disorders, and brain tumors. She also provides neuropsychological evaluation for Korean-speaking patients.

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