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Oluwemimo Adeyanju MD, MA

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Dr. Adeyanju started her medical training at UIC prior to a general psychiatric residency culminating in a Child Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at University Hospital and Clinics in Iowa. She is compassionate and driven to provide evidence based, patient centered care.

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Marc S. Atkins PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Atkins is a licensed clinical psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and past Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He developed and led the internship in clinical psychology for the Department of Psychiatry for two decades and has mentored numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on career development awards and postdoctoral fellowships. He currently directs the Community Engagement and Collaboration core for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the NIMH and private foundations examining new models for mental health practice in urban communities to address long-standing disparities in mental health care for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. He currently is Co-PI with Dr. Tara Mehta on a grant from the NIMH studying community health worker navigation into mental health services for urban children and families. He is active in public policy, including as a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois Division of Mental Health, and the Illinois State Board of Education on guidelines for school and community based mental health programs and practices, and to Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Cook County Circuit Court on behavioral health programming for Restorative Justice Courts.

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Julie A. Carbray PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APRN

  • 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 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 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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Elizabeth A. Charney MD

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Attending, Comprehensive Assessment Treatment Unit (CATU)
  • Director, Child Psychiatry Consult-Liaison
  • Consultant, DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line
  • Consultant, IL DocAssist
  • Child Psychiatry Attending
Dr. Elizabeth Charney currently directs the Child Psychiatry Consult-Liaison service which provides psychiatric evaluations for children and adolescents hospitalized at UIH. Dr. Charney is involved in the DCFS supported inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at UIH and serves as a consultant to the DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line. She consults to primary care providers with the Il Doc Assist program. She is actively involved in teaching resident trainees and medical students. She coordinates the medical student elective in child psychiatry. Dr. Charney does not accept outpatient referrals.

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Sucheta Connolly MD

  • Clinical Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Connolly is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Illinois Chicago, who has been on faculty at UIC since 1992. She is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric anxiety disorders and has many publications in this area. Dr. Connolly is principal author of The AACAP Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

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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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Geraldine S. Fox MD, MHPE, FAACAP

  • Psychiatry Department Chair, University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford Campus
  • Adjunct Professor of Medical Education, UICOM
  • Professor Emerita of Clinical Psychiatry, UICOM
Dr. Fox's activities in psychiatry include teaching, administration, and clinical practice. Dr. Fox is an award-winning teacher at both the university and national levels. She currently serves as the Psychiatry Department Chair on UICOM’s Rockford campus, where she is also the Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Fox is Co-Director of UIC/IJR’s Jay G. Hirsch Medical Student Program for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Klingenstein Third-Generation Foundation grant recipient). Her previous UICOM leadership positions include Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at IJR, Director of Medical Student Education on the Chicago campus, Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education on the Chicago campus, and Associate Dean of Wellness and Resilience Curriculum across all campuses.

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Brandon Hage MD, MA

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Dr. Brandon Hage (preferred pronouns: “he/him”) is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago. He completed Medical School at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and completed General Adult Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Western Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his training, he also completed the Women’s Mental Health & Reproductive Psychiatry Area of Concentration, the Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship, and the Academic Administrator/Clinician Educator Track. He created a reproductive psychiatry curriculum for OBY/GYN residents at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital and is currently working on creating a standardized, national curriculum for OB/GYN physicians through his work with the National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry (NCRP). His clinical interests lie in child & adolescent psychiatry, women’s mental health including dual diagnosis treatment and trauma disorders, perinatal and postpartum psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, resident and medical student education, community psychiatry, physician well-being, racial and gender inequities in medicine, and social determinants of health.

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Niranjan S. Karnik MD, PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Institute for Juvenile Research
  • Co-Director of Institute for Research on Addictions
  • Interim Director of AI.Health4All Center for Health Equity using ML/AI
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Karnik is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research, Co-Director of Institute for Research on Addictions, and Interim Director of AI.Health4All Center for Health Equity using ML/AI at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He serves as Director of the Great Lakes Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. His research focuses on data science, technology, and community-based interventions for vulnerable populations with psychiatric and substance use disorders. In the past, he has worked with refugee children on the Pakistan-Afghan border, street children in India, foster youth in Central Illinois, and incarcerated youth in California. He worked at a youth homeless shelter in San Francisco and is continuing work with youth experiencing homelessness youth in Chicago. He is presently a PI or Co-PI on grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Kathleen M. Kelley MD, FAACAP

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Associate Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program (CAP)
  • Director, Pediatric Embedded Clinic
Dr. Kelley is Associate Program Director of the CAP Residency Training Program at UIC/IJR. This Program is well-respected both locally and nationally and graduates three residents yearly. Dr. Kelley is an active teacher within the program and supervises a number of residents’ clinics in the UIC/IJR Colbeth Outpatient Clinic.

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Mathias James Lillig MD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic
  • University of Illinois 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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Roberto Lopez-Tamayo PhD

  • Instructor of Clinical Psychiatry/Program Evaluator
  • Urban Youth Trauma Center
Roberto Lopez-Tamayo, PhD., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the program evaluator of the Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC). Dr. Lopez-Tamayo serves as instructor of clinical psychiatry, coordinates program evaluation efforts, including data collection, tracking, and management, for grant reporting and scholarly project activities. Dr. Lopez-Tamayo also participates in adapting program materials to address the needs of urban ethnic minority youth, religious minorities, and immigrant populations. Dr. Lopez-Tamayo obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in his hometown Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from DePaul University. His broad interests are diversity, cultural adaptation, acculturation, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and substance abuse prevention. Dr. Lopez-Tamayo is interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating parent-based prevention/intervention programs to promote resilience and adaptive coping for low-income urban minority children and their families.

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Amber May MD

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist at The Bloomberg Institute
  • Volunteer Faculty of Clinical Psychiatry & Former Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic at The University of Illinois Chicago
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Amber May's statement about CAP Fellowship: "UIC's CAP fellowship is one of the best programs in the country. Learning from national experts particularly in the specialty outpatient clinics deeply enhances trainees' clinical acumen. My wonderful experience as a fellow in the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic led to my first attending role as its Director."

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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
  • Associate Residency Training Director of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
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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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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Fedra Najjar MD

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Psychopharmacology Clinic
Fedra Najjar, MD, Associate Professor of clinical psychiatry is the director of the neurodevelopmental disorder psychopharmacology clinic at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). She is also the associate medical director of the comprehensive assessment and treatment unit, an inpatient unit at UIC treating severely mentally ill adolescents who are in state custody.

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Michael W. Naylor MD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Behavioral Health and Welfare Program
  • Director, Comprehensive Assessment and Response Training System
  • Director, Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology
Dr. Naylor is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Behavioral Health and Welfare Program, a program formed by contract between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and UIC to address the mental health needs of the most severely disturbed state wards.

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Diane Misch MD

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Illinois DocAssist
  • Medical Director, Young Child Clinic
Dr. Misch received her BA from Loyola University and her RN and MD from Northwestern University. She completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at Northwestern University and University of Chicago, and her Child Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Illinois. Dr. Misch previously worked in the public sector with a concentration in chronic mental illness, women’s health, and forensic psychiatry at various times.

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Rhapsody Mason LCSW

  • Director of Social Work Training
  • Coordinator, Young Child Clinic
Ms. Mason is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Ms. Mason is dedicated to serving children and their families with unique social and emotional needs in a variety of capacities. She has experience working in early intervention, pediatric offices, therapeutic schools and preschool programs as well as group residential programs.

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Liza M. Suarez PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical 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.

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Kelley A. Volpe MD

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Clinic (PSADC)
  • Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program (CAP)
Dr. Volpe is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorder Clinic. She is also the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Volpe is interested in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly selective mutism, OCD, and posttraumatic stress disorder. She focuses on implementing evidence-based treatments for these and other anxiety disorders. In addition, she is interested in collaborating with primary care providers to disseminate high quality mental health care to in need populations with less access to child psychiatrists. She works with the Illinois DocAssist program providing education and consultation to pediatric primary care providers as well as teaching trainees within the hospital and college of medicine.

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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 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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Mabel Avilas MD

  • Faculty, Hartgrove Hospital
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Adrienne Adams MD

  • Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rush Medical

Karen Bernstein MD, MPH

  • Bariatric Surgery Research Program
Dr. Karen Bernstein is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Adolescent Weight Management Program in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Bernstein is an Adolescent medicine clinician and teacher with special interests in Adolescent Weight Management (including obesity and eating disorders), Adolescent Reproductive Health and Adolescent Primary Care. She has dedicated clinics at UIC in these areas. She completed Medical school at Rush Medical College and went on to do her Pediatrics Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. She then completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. Dr. Bernstein also received an MPH from George Washington University. Dr. Bernstein’s research interests include; obesity and eating disorders, teen depression/mental health, adolescent risk-taking behaviors, spirituality among teens, and health resource utilization. She is also very involved in and passionate about medical education.

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Jonathan Coleman MD

  • Faculty, Hartgrove Hospital

Johnathan Coleman joined the Hartgrove team in July of 2016. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry after studying at both Washington University and Lee University. After earning his Doctor of Medicine at University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr.

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Cecilia Dahn MD

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lecturer

Kourosh Dini MD

  • Psychodynamic supervisor

Louise Kraus MD

  • Forensic Psychiatry lecturer

Elizabeth Levey MD

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Supervisor

Dr. Levey has a longstanding interest in the impact of trauma upon children and families in underserved settings. She works in this area as a clinician and researcher. She has studied the impact of culture on resilience in children in diverse settings around the globe. She is currently studying the intergenerational transmission of trauma in a population of pregnant teens in Peru.

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Mojgan Makki MD

  • UIC Adjunct Faculty
  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
  • Founder of Psychiatry Studio
Dr. Mojgan Makki is a distinguished fellow at AACAP and holds a double board certification in child and adolescent, as well as adult psychiatry.  With over two decades of dedicated service, Dr. Makki serves as an adjunct faculty and assistant professor at various academic institutions, extending her commitment to medical students, residents, and fellows, where she imparts invaluable knowledge and expertise.

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Nikolas Mata Machado MD

  • Department of Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Nikolas Machado practices in the Department of Pediatric Neurology at UI Health. Dr. Machado specializes in treating patients with neurofibromatosis (NF), epilepsy, and headaches, and he also sees patients with developmental delay, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is director of the multidisciplinary Neurofibromatosis Clinic at UI Health.

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Tim Yovankin MD

  • Child and Adolescent Program Fellow
  • University of Illinois Chicago
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