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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.

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Katie L. Burkhouse PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Burkhouse is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with UIC’s Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of this work focuses on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the transmission of depression from parents to their offspring. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.

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  • 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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Elizabeth A. Charney MD

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Associate Director, Comprehensive Assessment Treatment Unit (CATU)
  • Director, Child Psychiatry Consult-Liaison
  • Consultant, DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line
  • 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 also involved in the DCFS supported inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at UIH and serves as a consultant to the DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line. She supervises trainees treating hospitalized youth who present with psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Charney does not accept outpatient referrals.

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Sucheta Connolly MD

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

Dr. Connolly is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Illinois at 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

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Associate Dean for Wellness and Resilience Curriculum, UICOM
  • Psychiatry Department Chair, UICOM-Rockford Campus
  • Director of Psychiatry Undergraduate Medical Education, UICOM-Rockford Campus
  • Adjunct Professor of Medical Education, 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 directs medical student education in psychiatry from M-1 through M-4 on the Rockford campus. Previously, she was the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at IJR, Director of Medical Student Education on the Chicago campus, and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education on the Chicago campus.

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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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Katie Lawton PhD

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Clinical Psychologist, Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic (CAC)
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.

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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 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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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 at 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
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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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 at 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 at 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

  • 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.

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Kelley A. Volpe MD

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • 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.

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Melissa L. Wagner-Schuman MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Clinical Services
Dr. Melissa Wagner-Schuman was born and raised in Wisconsin and completed most of her training in the Milwaukee area. She went to undergrad at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She continued her education at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she received her MD in 2012 and received a PhD in Neuroscience in 2010. During the last several years of medical school she became interested in psychiatry, particularly at risk youth, and developed interventions to help prevent or limit adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

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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)
  • 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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Saba Ahmad MD

  • Pediatric Neurology Clinics
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Mabel Avilas MD

  • Faculty, Hartgrove Hospital
Mabel Avilas

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

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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Akira Yoshii MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Neurology Clinics at UIC
Akira Yoshii