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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Head for Faculty Development
  • University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience (UI CDR) Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Director, Clinical Research Core/Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Associate Director, UICOM Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
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.

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Natania Crane PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic
Dr. Crane is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research utilizes multiple methods (i.e., fMRI, EEG, cognitive, clinical, and self-report measures) to examine the brain and behavioral risk factors and consequences of Substance Use Disorders, especially Cannabis Use Disorder. An important aspect of her research is studying the relationship between clinical mental health factors and substance use, particularly between depression and cannabis use. Dr. Crane received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed her Clinical Internship and T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIC, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. She has received Early Career Travel Awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Psychological Foundation, as well as a K23 Early Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Jenna Duffecy PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Dr. Duffecy is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services and Research in the Adult Mood Disorders program at UIC. She treats patients in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic while also providing training and supervision to residents and interns in cognitive behavioral therapy.

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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.

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Heather Eisele PhD

  • Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Surgery Department
Dr. Eisele received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed her fellowship in health psychology at Loyola University Medical Center. She is a clinical health psychologist with experience in addressing coping and adjustment for a variety of health issues, including bariatric surgery/weight management, solid organ and bone marrow transplant, sleep medicine, oncology, chronic pain, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, and smoking cessation.

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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 is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UIC, and holds an additional courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized fellowship training in the pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment of hormone-related psychiatric disorders-- particularly premenstrual disorders.

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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, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University.

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Christopher Holden MD

  • Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
  • Director of Addiction Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry – University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • UI Health
Dr. Holden is the Director of Addiction Psychiatry. He treats a variety of psychiatric conditions, and he specializes in the treatment of patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. He works with patients in the outpatient mental health clinic as well as the hospital’s inpatient medical, surgical, and psychiatric units.

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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.

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Gustavo R. Medrano PhD, ABPP

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Dr. Medrano is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC, and is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He treats individual clients and couples, and also provides training and supervision to residents and interns in behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies. As a native Spanish speaker, Dr. Medrano is a bicultural and bilingual provider.

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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.

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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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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.

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Jason R. Soble PhD, ABPP

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Training Director, Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Soble is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a 1-year Clinical Psychology Internship and 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL.

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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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Jaclyn S. Weisman PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Weisman is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. In addition to treating individual patients using traditional and third-wave cognitive-behavioral approaches, she also provides training and supervision to residents and interns in these modalities.  Dr. Weisman specializes in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, with emphasis on exposure therapy as well as transdiagnostic approaches to comorbid anxiety and depression. She also treats body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., trichotillomania, skin-picking) and holds a certification in prolonged exposure therapy (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder conferred through Emory University’s consultant training program.

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Adrienne A. Williams PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
  • Director of Behavioral Science
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Family Medicine
Dr. Adrienne A. Williams is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in behavioral medicine, sexuality and gender, and brief interventions. She attended college at Yale University, and completed her MA and PhD at Duke University. Her work in behavioral medicine allows her to work collaboratively with primary care doctors on a number of health conditions, such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, substance use, disease prevention, and health behaviors. Dr. Williams has sub-specialties in sexuality and gender and provides therapy for PTSD, sexual dysfunctions, sexual abuse/assault, and gender affirming care.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Tara G. Mehta PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Director of Psychology Training
Dr. Mehta is an Associate 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.

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Michael Meinzer PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Meinzer’s work focues on (1) Examine developmental outcomes of youth with ADHD, (2) Investigate explanations for ADHD and co-occurring psychopathology, (3) Develop and implement tailored services to address ADHD and co-occurring psychopathology for adolescents and young adults, & (4) Work with community partners to increase access to evidence-based services for adolescents and young adults with ADHD and co-occurring psychopathology.

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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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Janine Rosenberg PhD

  • Child Psychologist

Dr. Janine Rosenberg is a pediatric psychiatrist at UI Health. Practicing at the Craniofacial Center, Dr. Rosenberg provides evaluation of and treatment for social-emotional, learning, developmental, behavioral, and adjustment disorders for children with craniofacial conditions and their families.

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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 N. Rudd, PhD is an Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry and the Director of the Implementation Science and System-Involved Youth Research Program at the Institute for Juvenile Research. Dr. Rudd completed her doctoral training in clinical science at Indiana University, predoctoral clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and her postdoctoral training at the Penn Center for Mental Health at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently engaging in a line of research to increase the adoption and implementation of suicide prevention practices within the juvenile justice system.

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Dana Rusch PhD

  • Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director, Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program
Dr. Rusch is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program at the Institute for Juvenile Research. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her pre-doctoral clinical training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and post-doctoral training at the Institute for Juvenile Research at UIC. She founded the Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program to focus on research-practice-policy partnerships that address the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee children and families through: (a) direct clinical services for immigrant children and families, UIC students coping with immigration-related stressors, and unaccompanied youth and asylum seekers; (b) undergraduate teaching and clinical education for trainees in child psychology, psychiatry, and social work; (c) community-engaged research that supports the work and mission of community-based organizations, and (d) active involvement in local and national advocacy and policy work. Her work is guided by an ecological public health framework to develop models of mental health promotion that elevate the unique contributions of non-specialty service settings and the critical role of non-traditional providers. Dr. Rusch actively participates in local advocacy efforts via several committee appointments and collaborative coalition work in support of immigrant communities. She is also a member of the Community Engagement and Collaboration Core for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

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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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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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