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Specific Training Opportunities

Below are various training opportunities available to our interns. Regardless of whether you are applying for the Adult or Child track, interns may combine training experiences from any of the clinical and research programs below. This list is not exhaustive, as past interns have frequently incorporated training experiences with other affiliated faculty members (see Our Faculty) and within other research centers in our department.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Internship is currently offering a rotation to offer clinical experience with children, adolescents, and emerging adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The rotation is comprised of experiences across the two ADHD service providers: (1) The Comprehensive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic in the department of Psychiatry (supervised by Dr. Katie Lawton; https://www.psych.uic.edu/clinical/child-and-adolescent-services/comprehensive-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-clinic) and (2) the SUCCEEDS Clinic (directed by Dr. Michael Meinzer; https://www.uicadhd.org/succeeds). Both Drs. Meinzer and Lawton are licensed clinical psychologists and will provide supervision. Interns will have the opportunity to engage in a range of assessment and intervention opportunities:

  • Administering semi-structured diagnostic interviews with college students to assess for ADHD and comorbid psychopathology
  • Implementing behavioral activation and organizational skills training programs for college students with ADHD
  • Conducting intakes for children with ADHD and their parents
  • Providing parent training individual therapy with children and adolescents with ADHD
  • Consulting with schools and implementing behavioral classroom interventions
  • Co-leading intervention groups for college students and parents of children with ADHD 
  • Leading peer supervision

Interns will be required to work approximately 8 hours per week over the course of the full internship year. Research opportunities are available for interns.

For more information please contact Dr. Michael Meinzer (mmeinzer@uic.edu) or Dr. Katie Lawton (klawton2@uic.edu). 

The Neuropsychology Rotation is designed to provide a primary training experience in neuropsychological assessment for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the specialty of clinical neuropsychology. As such, a yearlong experience in adult neuropsychology is the standard training rotation, although 6-month rotations are offered as well depending on the training needs of the intern. The Neuropsychology Program adheres to the Houston Conference guidelines for internship training in clinical neuropsychology, and is designed to prepare the intern for advanced postdoctoral residency/fellowship training in the field and eventual board certification in clinical neuropsychology.

The Neuropsychology Clinic rotation is geared toward refining professional knowledge and competence in the inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological assessment for purposes of differential diagnosis, treatment/rehabilitation planning, and pre-neurosurgical intervention (e.g., cerebral bypass; resection surgery). Referral sources are diverse, including the medical center's Departments of Psychiatry (Neuropsychiatry), Neurosurgery, Neurology & Rehabilitation, Medicine (Geriatrics), and other General and Specialty Medical Clinics, as well as from outside physicians and hospitals, and schools. These referrals span the entire list of neurological, medical, and neuropsychiatric conditions, including dementia, cerebrovascular disorders, tumor, HIV, epilepsy, degenerative disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders and traumatic brain injury. Interns receive supervised experience in test selection, administration/scoring, and interpretation, implementing, and writing up integrative neuropsychological evaluations using a broad range of tests and procedures, as well as oral communication of test results to patients, family members, and referral sources.

As part of the training experience in the neuropsychology rotation, the intern also attends the Behavioral Neurosciences Seminar which is a weekly meeting devoted to special topics and case presentations in the clinical neurosciences. Other seminars of interest to those on a career trajectory in neuropsychology include: Neuropathology Rounds, which is devoted to the examination of gross brain anatomy, and is geared towards understanding the neuropathology of neurological diseases, Neuroradiology Rounds, and Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds. 

As part of the standard training experience in the neuropsychology rotation, the intern attends 3 weekly intensive Neuropsychology Didactics: 1) Neuropsychology Case Conference; 2) Fundamentals of Applied Neuropsychology; and 3) Functional Neuroanatomy. Other optional seminars of interest to those on a career trajectory in neuropsychology include Psychiatry and Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds.

Interns completing rotations in the Neuropsychology Program will master the following specific competencies:

  • Assessment of neurobehavioral and psychological disorders stemming from cognitive, psychiatric, and medical disability 
  • Selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of neuropsychological tests 
  • Case conceptualization through integration of history, test data, and behavioral observation 
  • Communication of test results through written reports and oral presentation 
  • Development of a working knowledge and experiential base in neurological and psychiatric diagnosis 
  • Capacity for neuropsychological consultation to medicine, neuropsychiatry, neurosurgery, neurology, other medical services, schools, and other referral sources 
  • Provision of feedback to patients and families
     
CAPACITY Lab

Our mission is to promote mental health by harnessing community-partnered research and implementation science to build mental health service capacity within the community organizations that serve vulnerable youth. Learn more about our lab on our website. Prospective interns can mix and match clinical research experiences. We offer 6 month and 12 month rotations.

Barriers and Facilitators to Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Detention. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-25 year olds and is four times more likely among the vulnerable youth who enter juvenile justice (JJ) settings. Using a mixed methods design, the goal of this project is to identify key barriers and facilitators to suicide prevention in juvenile detention. The results will inform the development of an implementation plan that will support the use of evidence-based suicide prevention practices among stakeholders in juvenile detention centers. Data collection is ongoing and began Fall 2020. Roles for interns:

  • Providing “on call” hours during survey data collection
  • Joining/leading key stakeholder interviews (e.g., frontline and behavioral help staff in juvenile detention, probation officers)
  • Transcribing and coding interviews
  • Analyzing mixed methods data

National Partnership for Justice Services Leadership Institute Evaluation. In 2019, the National Partnership of Juvenile Services (NPJS) developed and held their first Leadership Institute. The goal of the institute is to train and support leaders of juvenile service centers in their use of evidence-based leadership techniques. The first institute was attended by leaders at juvenile service organizations from 17 states. Due to COVID-19, NPJS is holding their second training virtually. It will be held as a four-part webinar starting July 15th, 2020. The Implementation Science and System-Involved Youth Research Program is partnering with NPJS to evaluate their Leadership Institute. Roles for interns:

  • Joining the virtual Leadership Institute sessions
  • Transcribing and coding recorded Leadership Institute sessions
  • Preparing a report for the NPJS regarding the strengths and weakness of their curriculum and a summary of the opportunities to incorporate evidence-based leadership strategies into future trainings

Implementation Science Systematic Review. We are leading a project that will result in several systematic reviews related to implementation science (e.g., reviews of implementation strategies, targets, outcomes). Roles for interns:

  • Learning about implementation science
  • Reading and coding implementation science journal articles for key elements (e.g., research design, outcomes, implementation strategies)
Supervisor(s)

PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
IN HIV/AIDS, DRUG USE PREVENTION, AND IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE FOR YOUTH, ADULTS, AND FAMILIES

Program Summary

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS) and the Healthy Youths Program (HYP) are involved in basic and applied research on HIV/AIDS risk and prevention for youth and families in the US and Africa. Populations of particular focus include youth with psychiatric illness, juvenile offenders, African American women and girls, and youth in international settings experiencing a high HIV burden.  

General Intern Opportunities

Works-in-progress (WIPS) are seminars where faculty, staff, students, and others interested in dissemination and implementation-related research can share their work, receive feedback about ideas, and explore potential partnerships. Presentations occur on the first Monday of the month from 12-1:30pm.

Consultations are offered for researchers on the third Monday of the month from 12-1:30. Areas of consultation include (but are not limited to): grant review, implementation framework/theory selection, methodological guidance, and implementation measure selection. Interested parties register at the CDIS website.

Professional Development Group is a space for students, postdocs, junior faculty, and researchers in training to discuss issues related to professional growth and development. It meets every other Thursday from 10-11am. 

Colloquia are held 3-4 times a year and feature an invited presenter who is an expert in the field of dissemination and implementation and/or is carrying out work within one of the CDIS’s content areas.

Grant Writing opportunities exist throughout the year, both for individual and center grants.

Current ongoing data collection and study implementation opportunities

Preventing HIV/AIDS Among Teens (PHAT LIFE): Implementation Study
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A., Erin McCarville, M.P.H.
        PHAT Life is an HIV and alcohol/drug use prevention program, for urban 13 – 17 year-old male and female juvenile offenders. In the original efficacy trial, youth were recruited from juvenile probation settings and participated in an 8-session program (either PHAT Life or a health promotion intervention) over two weeks. Teens completed baseline, 6- and 12-month interviews, and they were tested for biological STIs at baseline and 12-month follow up. Treatment was provided for all participants who test positive. The current study is designed to identify an implementation strategy that is both sustainable and cost-effective by comparing peer-led vs. probation staff-led PHAT Life in juvenile probation’s Evening Reporting Centers. Opportunities for psychology interns: (1) observe the manualized intervention with juvenile offenders, (2) conduct assessments, and (3) write manuscripts.


An Examination of the Determinants of Implementation Related to Probation Staff Members’ Delivery of PHAT LIFE
Supervisors: Angela L. Walden, Ph.D. & Geri Donenberg, Ph.D.
        Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBI), such as PHAT LIFE, in justice settings is fraught with challenges, but essential if the public health impact of these programs is to be fully realized. Little systematic inquiry has detailed the determinants (i.e., barriers and facilitators) that drive implementation of EBI in juvenile justice settings. To address this gap, this project expands on the primary PHAT LIFE implementation study. Specifically, we are conducting key informant interviews (i.e., ERC staff and supervisors, Probation administrators) to better understand PHAT Life implementation at our partnering probation sites (i.e., evening reporting centers (ERCs)). The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR; Damschroder, Aron, Keith, Kirsh, Alexander, & Lowery, 2009) points to five domains of barriers and facilitators that drive EBI implementation success or failure. Our interviews will focus on three domains of the CFIR: individuals in the setting (e.g., knowledge and beliefs, self-efficacy), inner setting (e.g., organization structure, culture), and process (planning, executing, reflecting). Identifying and understanding these domains will inform and guide implementation support strategies for dissemination in related settings that serve juvenile justice-involved youth (e.g., short-term juvenile detainment, community mental health). Opportunities for psychology interns: (1) assist with interview data collection with probation staff and administrators, (2) assist with qualitative coding tasks, and (3) assist with manuscript writing. 

Informed Motivated And Responsible about AIDS (IMARA): Community Dissemination
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A., Kelly McCabe, M.P.H 
        IMARA is an HIV prevention program for women and their African American daughters. In the original trial, families are recruited from outpatient mental health clinics and street outreach in Chicago. Mothers and daughters participated in a two-day workshop, randomized to either IMARA or FUEL. IMARA targeted sexual behavior, emotion regulation, substance use, healthy relationships, HIV-risk, mother-daughter communication and mother-daughter relationships. Mothers and daughters completed baseline, 6-, and 12-month interviews to evaluate treatment outcomes and they were tested and treated for biological STIs at baseline and 12-months. The current study is examining how best to integrate IMARA into community-based organization – COIP – and expand services to include a brief substance use computer-based intervention, HIV testing and counseling, and Hep C testing. Opportunities for psychology interns: (1) conduct assessments if female, (2) deliver substance use intervention, and (3) write manuscripts.

Multilevel Comprehensive HIV prevention for South African Adolescent Girls and Young Women (IMARA South Africa)
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A.
        This study is proceeding in two phases. In Phase 1 (UG3), this study is using the ADAPT-ITT model to systematically tailor IMARA for the South African (SA) context. In Phase 2 (UH3), we will conduct a 2-arm RCT to examine the effects of IMARA on STIs, HIV incidence, and PrEP and HTC uptake among 525 15-19 year-old adolescent girls and young women and their female caregivers. This study is part of a larger consortium (PATC3H) that includes 8 other projects taking place in Africa and Brazil.

Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP)
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Dave Jimenez, Ph.D.
        COIP was founded in 1986 to address HIV/AIDS among substance users operating from storefront sites in Austin, Humboldt Park, West Englewood, South Chicago, and Uptown, and its mobile units which extend services into other neighborhoods including inner-ring suburbs. COIP's interventions are known for their use of the Indigenous Leader Outreach Model, which employs former drug users to deliver services and assist in conducting research. COIP’s services include street outreach, diabetes and blood pressure screening, HCV screening, counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS, syphilis and other infectious diseases associated with substance use, case management for persons living with or at high risk for HIV infection, syringe exchange, drug abuse and risk reduction counseling, support groups, educational activities, and projects that enhance linkages to care for HIV-positive men and women exiting jail. COIP also conducts research to better understand and prevent HIV/AIDS in Chicago communities. Opportunities for psychology interns include 1) community-based mental health service provision, (2) substance use treatment provision, (3) mental health services for HIV infected adults, (4) parent training groups, (5) mental health services for DCFS-involved families, and (6) street outreach for HIV prevention. 

Reducing HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Risk Behaviors among Juvenile Offenders on Probation: A Mobile Mindfulness-Based Intervention
Supervisors: Ashley Kendall, PhD; Geri Donenberg, PhD
        Juvenile offenders are at relatively high risk for HIV/STI due in part to elevations in three interrelated areas underpinned by poor emotion regulation: substance use, violent behavior, and sexual risk taking. Mindfulness-based interventions, which can be delivered via mobile health (mHeatlh) technology, improve emotion regulation and may thereby reduce HIV/STI risk. This is a two-phase study funded by NIDA. In Phase 1 (currently underway), we are partnering with the makers of an existing cell phone app that teaches authentic and scientifically-grounded mindfulness meditation techniques to create a version for juvenile offenders on probation that addresses HIV/STI risk behaviors (i.e., substance use, violent behavior, and sexual risk taking). In Phase 2 (upcoming R01), we will conduct a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of the adapted app in improving mental health and decreasing HIV/STI risk behaviors among probation youth over 6 months. Opportunities for psychology interns may include helping support focus-group testing of the mindfulness app, code and analyze qualitative data from the focus groups, and assist with a pilot test of the adapted app.      

Healthy Young Men’s (HYM) Cohort Study
Supervisor: Bethany Bray, Ph.D.
        Men who have sex with men (MSM) have been disproportionally affected by the HIV epidemic, with MSM having the highest annual rates of HIV incidence each year. Among MSM, the highest HIV incidence is among 13-14 and 25-34 year olds. The situation is particularly difficult for African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Healthy Young Men’s (HYM) Cohort Study conducts longitudinal research to help prevent new HIV infections, reduce transmission, and reduce HIV/AIDS-related disparities by focusing on successful engagement in care. The HYM Cohort Study includes 448 African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Black/Latino YMSM in the Los Angeles area. Participants were 16-24 years old at recruitment and data collection is ongoing (three years of data are available). Data are collected every six months, including self-report, drug screening, STIs/HIV testing, and biospecimens (plasma, buffy coat, rectal swabs). We are using this cohort to understand the transitions and trajectories of STIs/HIV, substance use, mental health, and engagement in care, with a focus on how these processes are informed by intersectionality: the multidimensional, interconnected experiences of stigma stemming from multiple, intersecting identities (sexual, gender, racial/ethnic, other markers). Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis, manuscript writing, grant writing.

Transgender and Gender Minority Youth’s (TRUTH) Cohort Study
Supervisor: Bethany Bray, Ph.D.
        Transgender men and women, especially those who have sex with cisgender men, represent a population at exceedingly high risk for HIV and other STIs. The CDC estimates that 1 in 7 (14%) of transwomen have HIV, with the percentage being much higher for African American/Black (44%) and Latina (26%) transwomen; the CDC also estimates that 3% of transmen have HIV. In addition to transgender youth, there is also concern about gender minority youth and their risk for STIs/HIV. Transgender and gender minority youth (TGMY) refers to a diverse group of youth who have varied gender identities that differ from their sex assigned at birth. TGMY are an important population for targeted interventions not only because they are at high risk of HIV infection, but because of challenges and barriers they face accessing needed HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and other healthcare services. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Transgender and Gender Minority Youth’s (TRUTH) Cohort Study conducts longitudinal research to understand disparities in health outcomes and health care access among transgender and gender minority youth in the Los Angeles area. The TRUTH Cohort Study includes 110 transgender and gender minority youth, ages 16-24 years (one year of data is available). Data are collected every six months, including self-report, drug screening, STIs/HIV testing, and biospecimens (plasma, buffy coat, rectal swabs). We are using this cohort to understand the transitions and trajectories of STIs/HIV, substance use, mental health, and engagement in care, with a focus on how these processes are informed by intersectionality: the multidimensional, interconnected experiences of stigma stemming from multiple, intersecting identities (sexual, gender, racial/ethnic, other markers). Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis, manuscript writing, grant writing.

Multidimensional and Dynamic Moderation in Drug Abuse and HIV Studies
Supervisor: Bethany Bray, Ph.D.
        To accelerate the fight against drug abuse and HIV, it is critical to gain a deeper understanding of heterogeneity in intervention effects. The overarching goal of this project is to develop a powerful new framework that integrates ideas from latent class analysis and time-varying effect models to enable researchers to discover (a) clinically useful, multidimensional moderators and (b) moderators that play a dynamic (i.e., age- and time-varying) role in the effects of interventions on univariate and multidimensional outcomes. We are using data from the Global Appraisal of Needs (GAIN) assessment system, a longitudinal study of alcohol and drug addiction service utilization, and the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC-III), a nationally representative study on alcohol and drug use and disorders, related risk factors, and associated physical and mental disabilities, to address new questions motivated by innovative, quantitative methods. For example, we are considering questions like “What configurations of risk factors correspond to greater effects of an intervention program?” and “How does gender function as a moderator of the effect of outpatient drug abuse services, differentially across ages 16 to 50?” Ultimately, our work on innovative, quantitative methods will enable researchers to gain critical knowledge that will inform the development of more effective, targeted drug abuse and HIV interventions. Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis, manuscript writing, grant writing, learning latent class analysis and/or time-varying effect modeling.

GIRLTALK
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A. 
        GIRL TALK tests a framework of HIV-risk that emphasizes the interplay of family, peer and partner mechanisms and proposes that family processes (mother-daughter relationships and communication, maternal attitudes and beliefs, mothers’ risk behavior and partner relationships) influence sexual risk behaviors directly and indirectly through peer and partner relationships among AA 12-18 year old girls seeking psychiatric care. Mothers and daughters (N=266) were recruited from seven urban mental health clinics in Chicago and followed for 2 years (baseline, 6, 12-, 18-, and 24-months). Participants complete questionnaires, participate in interviews, and engaged in three structured videotaped interaction tasks. Data collection and entry are complete. Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis and manuscript preparation.

Project BALANCE
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A.
        Project Balance was a 3-arm randomized controlled trial for adolescents in therapeutic day schools. Participants (N=418) were adolescents with psychiatric disorders in Rhode Island and Chicago. Project Balance evaluated an affect management and a skills-based intervention and compared the efficacy of these treatment conditions to a general health promotion control group. The Affect Management intervention included non-cognitive factors to target distress in sexual situations. Each intervention involved 12 45-minute sessions delivered in a classroom setting and co-facilitated by trained research assistants. The intervention used role-plays, games, videos, discussions, and specially tailored experiential activities to delay sexual debut and reduce risky sexual behavior. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 3-, 6-, and 12-months post intervention. A booster session was implemented one month after the 12th session. Data collection and entry are complete. Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis and manuscript preparation.

CARES
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A.  
        CARES explores HIV/AIDS risk determinants among 325 ethnically diverse teenagers seeking outpatient mental health services. Study aims were to (a) determine rates of risky sexual behavior and drug use among youth in psychiatric care and compare these rates to rates among teens in the general population; (b) test and compare the utility of two theoretical models in explaining HIV-risk -- the Information-Motivation-Behavior model (Fisher & Fisher, 1992) and a social-personal model (Donenberg & Pao, 2003); and (c) test and compare the two models for theoretically important subgroups of youth (internalizing, externalizing, substance abusing). Teens and parents were recruited from four outpatient mental health clinics and interviewed at baseline, 6- and 12-months. Family members completed a combination of interviews and questionnaires to assess HIV/AIDS information, motivation, and behavioral skills, and teens' personal attributes, relationship concerns, and risky sexual behavior and substance use. Parents and teens also participated in two structured videotaped interaction tasks. Opportunities for psychology interns: data analyses and manuscript preparation. 


South Africa STYLE
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A. 
        This developmental study is adapted and pilot tested an HIV and alcohol/drug use prevention program for South African caregivers and their teens receiving outpatient mental health services. Stage 1 included extensive formative work (e.g., focus groups, feedback groups, in-depth interviews, theater testing) followed by curricular revisions. In Stage 2, we piloted the revised intervention with two groups of 14 – 18 year old parent-teen dyads receiving mental health services. Teens were male and female from all ethnic groups. In Stage 3, we tested the revised program with 90 parent-teen dyads randomly assigned to SASTYLE versus a control group and re-interview families at 3-, 6-, and 9 months. Opportunities for psychology interns: data analyses and manuscript preparation. 

Improving ART adherence and mental health among Rwandan youth living with HIV
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Erin Emerson, M.A.
        This project implemented a 2-arm RCT to test and compare the efficacy of adherence-enhanced TI-CBT (i.e., TI-CBTe) to usual care in increasing ART adherence among 350 Rwandan 14 – 21 year olds from the two clinics caring for the largest number of youth with HIV in Rwanda. Based on the Indigenous Leader Outreach Model, Youth, caregivers, and youth leaders completed baseline, 6-, 12, and 18-month follow-up assessments to assess effects on adherence and important mediators (trauma, depression, gender-based violence). Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis and manuscript preparation.

Pearls of IMARA
Supervisors: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D., Anna Hotton, Ph.D. 
        This was a small pilot study to adapt IMARA (see above) for 11-13 year-old African American girls and their female caregivers. The project involved focus groups, community advisory board meetings, curricular changes, and pilot testing. Opportunities for psychology interns: data analysis and manuscript preparation.

Step Up Test Up
Supervisor: Geri Donenberg, Ph.D.
        This study tested the feasibility, acceptability and initial efficacy of electronic Screening and Brief Intervention (eSBI) coupled with the Seek Test Treat and Retain (intervention) in comparison to STTR only (control) to reduce alcohol and other substance use among 450 16-25 Young Men who have Sex with Men and Young Transgender Women in community-based HIV testing environments in Chicago. Opportunities for psychology interns: (1) analyze data and write manuscripts, (2) collaborate with experts in the field across multiple institutions (U of C, Northwestern, Howard Brown, Rush University, UIC).
 

Our mental health services research team at IJR works to identify new service models to address the needs of families living in urban poverty. This emphasizes the importance of integrating mental health with the goals of settings that families naturally access (such as schools, after-school, community organizations) and strengthening the ways that people in these settings (such as staff, teachers and parents) can support increasing numbers of youth and families in need.

Center for Clinical and Translation Science (CCTS). In August 2016, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at UIC was awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health. For more details: http://www.ccts.uic.edu/news/nih-awards-177m-uic-center-clinical-and-translational-science.  Dr. Atkins is Director of Community Engagement and Collaboration Core of the CCTS, which also includes Drs. Mehta, Rusch, Walden, and Rudd. consultations recruitment and retention and Dissemination and Implementation Science. The mission of the CEC is to support UIC researchers to promote successful and equitable university-community-policy partnerships focused on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based health programs and services. Drawing on theories of organizational and community context to promote effective and sustainable health policies and practices, we target our programs and services to UIC research investigators, educational & community organizations, and key policy stakeholders to improve the health of the community, with a special focus on effective health services for urban youth.  The CCTS provides opportunities for interns to learn more about how clinical and translational health research and how our team participates in ongoing collaboration with other local university CCTS hubs to promote innovative community-engaged science in the Chicagoland area.  

Roles for Interns:

  • Participation in ongoing CCTS meetings
  • Participation in grant preparation and consultation services related to Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Learn about our team’s ongoing collaboration with community and policy stakeholders to identify behavioral health indicators for youth. Current collaborations include:
    • Chicago Department of Public Health
    • Mile Square Federally Qualified Health Center
    • NAMI Chicago
    • Circuit Court of Chicago Restorative Justice Court
       

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group clinic rotation provides interns with experience co-leading a weekly DBT skills group with Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul. Patients (18 years +) are referred from providers throughout Psychiatry to learn skills to improve transdiagnostic difficulties with emotion regulation and related behavioral concerns. Because the DBT skills group operates on a rolling admission basis, the skills group is always active.

Clinical Opportunities (~3 Hours/Week): If an exclusively clinical experience is desired, the rotation will require 3 hours of time per week for DBT group preparation, skills group sessions, documentation, and supervision. If desired, there are opportunities for the intern to supervise medical residents (e.g., supervising a medical resident as they learn to lead a basic mindfulness exercise, or as they learn to conduct a DBT group orientation session).

Clinical + Research Rotation (~5 Hours/Week): Interns are welcome to expand this rotation to include a research component. The intern would write a research paper focused on mechanisms relevant to DBT (using existing or new data collection from DBT patients). This would add roughly 2 hours of time per week, for a total of 5 hours for the full rotation.

Overview
In this rotation, interns will spend 1 half-day shadowing a family medicine resident during a primary care session. The intern will be assigned one resident to shadow and will go into the exam room (when patients consent) to observe the medical interview and non-sensitive exams. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, psychology interns may observe medical interviews though video conferencing lines within the clinic rather than being in the exam room with a patient. The intern will provide feedback to the resident on behavioral medicine skills according to curriculum year. The intern may also provide brief interventions with patients to model appropriate skills or as requested by the physician. This rotation primarily provides experience in teaching and supervision.

Interns will learn:

  • How to precept (supervise) family medicine physician residents
  • Teach core skills, including agenda setting, structuring the medical interview, asking sensitive questions, the BATHE technique, SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, patient-centered physical exams
  • Teach about appropriate diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions
  • Communication skills for busy primary care setting
  • How to incorporate medical culture and psych culture for better integrated care
  • Barriers to evidence-based practice

The Health Psychology rotation offers training in a variety of behavioral health roles in bariatric surgery. Interns will be part of a multidisciplinary team with a predominantly low income and ethnically diverse patient population.

Training opportunities include:

Clinical:

  • Conduct pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluations to assess patient readiness for and understanding of bariatric surgery. This experience will include specialized training in the assessment of disordered eating with this population.
  • Complete follow-up appointments with pre-operative patients to address issues impeding surgical readiness. These appointments may be brief (1-2 sessions) or ongoing.
  • Participate in a multidisciplinary post-operative follow-up clinic to address barriers and supports to adherence as well as adjustment to surgery.
  • Co-lead limited structured psychoeducational groups to assist post-operative bariatric patients in increasing adherence to dietary and exercise guidelines, as available.
  • Co-lead monthly bariatric surgery support groups.
  • Provide health behavior interventions to post-operative patients, as available. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement, and mindfulness are utilized. 
  • Participate in the supervision of practicum students.
  • Attend weekly multidisciplinary bariatric surgery team meetings.
  • This training opportunity occurs in the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) and Surgery suite of the Outpatient Care Center. 

Research:

  • Participate in current research projects in the Body Image and Eating Behaviors lab led by Sylvia Herbozo, Ph.D. 
  • Receive training in a randomized controlled trial examining a novel healthy lifestyle intervention – Enhanced Project Health – for young adults with overweight/obesity. 
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments or lead a group intervention as part of the Enhanced Project Health trial.
  • Develop a research project using a dataset in one of the following areas: 1) body image, eating pathology, and sociocultural influences in young adults; 2) pre-operative psychological evaluations in patients seeking bariatric surgery; 3) post-operative interventions to address insufficient weight loss or weight regain following bariatric surgery. All datasets include racially and ethnically diverse populations.
  • The Body Image and Eating Behaviors lab is located in NPI.

Didactics:

  • Didactic opportunities include weekly psychiatry grand rounds and neuropsychology lectures.

*Modification to the above acitivities may occur due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Rusch is the Director of the Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program at IJR. Research-practice-policy partnerships are critical to address long-standing mental health disparities among immigrant children and families. This program responds to the critical and increasing need for mental health services for immigrant-origin families in Chicago who are a particularly vulnerable and underserved population due to inequitable policies and oppressive systems. The vision for this program is to create an infrastructure to advance clinical outcomes, provide opportunities for education and advanced clinical training, generate innovative community-engaged research, and mobilize advocacy and policy efforts to address inequity. Dr. Rusch is also the Policy Workgroup Co-Chair for the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH) and interns would participate in CIMH meetings, conferences, and related activities.  This work is very heavily focused on policy and advocacy at the local and state level, as well as the national level (e.g., Asylum Policy, DACA, immigration enforcement). Dr. Rusch frequently prepares policy updates/briefs to be circulated to the department and interns would be expected to be involved in these efforts. Interns that are bilingual in English & Spanish would have the opportunity to provide psychotherapy services for mixed-status Latinx families, UIC students facing immigration related stressors (e.g., DACA recipients, those facing deportation of a family member, those with undocumented status), and child and young adult asylum seekers. All other languages are also welcome, although Spanish is the dominant referral language request. Overall, the IMFHA Program rotation would be well-aligned with any intern that has a committed interest in serving immigrant and refugee youth and families, policy advocacy, and community-engaged research.

Roles for Interns:

  • Participation in CIMH Policy Workgroup meetings (Dr. Rusch is the Policy Workgroup Co-Chair)
  • Participation in CIMH General Meetings and community convenings
  • Preparation of IFMHA policy updates and resources for dissemination to IJR/Dept members
  • Provision of IMFHA clinical services that are rooted in advocacy and empowerment principles
  • Writing immigration-related affadavits, as needed, with possibility of participation in formal forensic asylum evaluations for unaccompanied minors 
  • Consultation to community partners/organizations/advocates related to mental health and well-being
  • Preparation of public comments related to federal rulemaking
  • Preparation of manuscripts, grants, and policy statements that respond to the needs and concerns identified by community stakeholders and directly impacted immigrant and refugee communities
     
Supervisor(s)

In November of 2013, the Memory and Aging Clinic opened at UI Health. We are located in the UIH Outpatient Care Center at 1801 West Taylor Street and the team is directed by Dr. Laura Pedelty of Neurology. The Memory and Aging Clinic provides a team approach to caring for patients with atypical or complicated memory and other cognitive disorders due to stroke, all forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other medical and neurological conditions.

For more information, please click HERE.

Supervisor(s)

The ACCESS for Mental Health team (Advancing Community Capacity to Empower Service Systems for Mental Health) is focused on alleviating disparities in access to mental health services for children and families, with a focus on vulnerable populations (e.g., urban poverty, ethnic/racial minorities, social determinants of health). We aim to develop culturally responsive, alternative models of mental health services for children and youth, with a focus on workforce development to enhance the capacity of community organizations to promote children’s and youth's well-being and mental health. This work leverages natural resources (parents, teachers, staff, paraprofessionals) to take advantage of teachable moments in settings critical to children’s development and mental health (home, school, after-school). 

Currently, the team is collaborating with several community organizations to enhance their ability to support their staff and the participating youth’s well-being through recreation. 

Current collaborations

Roles for Interns: 

  • Participation in community meetings 
  • Consultation with community partners and ongoing evaluation
  • Gain experience and exposure to the role of a recreation workforce in promoting children’s mental health
  • Learn about the role paraprofessionals play in enhancing and promoting children’s mental health
  • Grant and manuscript preparation
  • Secondary data analysis 
     
Supervisor(s)

Description 
The faculty members affiliated with the clinic offer our trainees supervised training in cognitive behavioral treatment (or more generally, empirically supported treatments) for adults with depression and anxiety diagnoses. Within the scope of the clinic, all new patients are evaluated using a structured diagnostic screening interview and patients complete diagnosis-specific self-report measures that are part of the evaluation. These measures can then be used as a means of gauging treatment progress as well as forming the foundation for a multiple baseline assessment. Interns are encouraged to utilize established treatment manuals for the basis of their treatment intervention(s) and, with the input of their supervisor, to adapt the manual to the specific needs of their patient. While the primary mode of treatment is individual CBT, group treatment is also offered. Depending on staffing availability, intensive outpatient and, on occasion, inpatient experiences are available. 

Intern’s Role
Interns participate in all aspects of the treatment process. If they are not already familiar with structured clinical interviewing, they will acquire skills in this area. In addition to individual and group treatment, interns can be involved with a team approach to intensive outpatient and inpatient treatment should we have patients that are in need of these latter forms of treatment. Prospective interns should note that the primary theoretical orientation that they will be expected to use is cognitive behavioral (and can include extensions of this model such as mindfulness, ACT, etc.). Because the clinic strongly endorses an empirically oriented approach, there are numerous opportunities to engage in treatment outcome research, especially in the area of effectiveness research and N = 1 studies. Interns are expected to attend and participate in clinic meetings the content of which reflects research and administrative issues as well as clinical case presentations.

Opportunities/expectations for the rotation
Interns will provide individual CBT psychotherapy for mood and anxiety disorders in an outpatient basis. Typical disorders seen in the clinic include depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic, OCD and PTSD.   An intern will learn manualized protocols as well as general CBT techniques.  Attempts will be made to give interns the type of patients they have the most interest in seeing, but they will see a range of disorders.  

  •  May have the opportunity to learn and implement aspects of ACT, DBT and/or RO DBT, depending on patient needs. 
  •  Up to an hour of individual weekly supervision will be provided.
  •  Patients will be seen at NPI, 912 S. Wood St on the UIC Medical Campus
  •  May have opportunities to work on technology-based intervention research if interested but not required 

The Craniofacial Center, established in 1949, is one of the oldest and largest facilities in the country. It is a unique facility where patients with craniofacial conditions receive comprehensive multidisciplinary care by a group of experienced medical and dental specialists and other allied-health professional. Patients undergo several surgical procedures from birth to adulthood to achieve total functional, aesthetic and psychological normalcy. Our team includes, but is not limited to, surgeons, nurses, speech pathologist, psychologist, audiologist, orthodontist, dentist, geneticist, and pediatrician. The clinic's goal is to provide an improved quality of life for each of our patients.

The psychology team provides psychological consults for patients and their families as part of the patient’s routine team visit. They address the patient’s coping with ongoing changes in facial appearance, concerns with teasing and stigmatization, and preparing psychologically for surgery procedures. During these consults, the patients’ developmental, social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning will be assessed through the use of interview and assessment tools. The psychology team also administer developmental evaluations for infants as well as comprehensive psychological assessments for children and adolescents. Finally, individual and family therapy services as well as parent training are provided for the children and families to address internalizing and externalizing issues, such as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and oppositional behavior.

Conditions Treated:

  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Craniofacial Syndromes (Apert's, Crouzon's, Treacher Collins, Pfeiffer's)
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Facial Clefts
  • Giant Nevi
  • Head and Neck Tumors
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Micrognathia and other jaw deformities
  • Microtia
  • Oral Tumors
  • Pierre Robin Sequence
  • Traumatic Craniofacial Injuries
  • Vascular Malformations

For more information, visit the Craniofacial Center website.

Description: The Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic (PMDC) at UIC is the premier specialty clinic for pediatric mood disorders in the greater Chicago area and in the state of Illinois. The clinic treats children and adolescents aged 3-18 with mood spectrum disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, severe mood dysregulation, adjustment disorder with mood symptoms, bereavement, and traumatized children with mood symptoms. Many of the children treated in our clinic have complex symptoms presentations, with comorbid disorders such as ADHD, ODD, generalized anxiety, and PTSD. Children and families are offered a range of services, including comprehensive diagnostic assessment, individual and family therapy, manual-based group therapy, and medication evaluation and monitoring. The clinic is comprised of an interdisciplinary team – a child psychologist, child psychiatrists, a doctoral-level psychiatric nurse, a clinical social worker, psychology externs, psychology interns, and psychiatric fellows.

Intern’s Role: For a clinical rotation, interns will conduct diagnostic assessments, carry a therapy caseload (usually from 2-7 patients depending on the complexity of cases and intern’s time commitment), and participate in our manual-based 12-session group treatment, called RAINBOW, for pediatric bipolar disorder. Interns will be trained on the RAINBOW manual and deliver the treatment with individual/family patients and in a group therapy setting. There are also opportunities to facilitate an adolescent girls’ depression group. Interns have weekly supervision and participate in didactics and team meetings.

Clinic: Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic

Supervisor(s)

The Pediatric Neuropsychology Rotation is designed to provide a training experience for individuals who are interested in the neuropsychological assessment of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 1 month to 21 years). This rotation may be selected as either a six-month or full year experience. The Pediatric Neuropsychology Program adheres to the Houston Conference model for internship training in clinical neuropsychology, and is designed to prepare the intern for advanced postdoctoral fellowship work in the field (although commitment to this pathway is not required). This rotation is geared toward refining skills in the neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental assessment of pediatric inpatients and outpatients drawn from the medical center's Departments of Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Neuropsurgery, Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Neurogenetics, and Medicine, as well as from outside referral sources and school settings. These referrals span the entire list of neuropathological conditions, including brain tumor, sickle cell, stroke, epilepsy, concussion/TBI, anxiety, depression, OCD/PANDAS, Tourette syndrome, genetic disorders (e.g., Down syndrome, 22q deletion, Turner syndrome), and developmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities).

Interns receive supervised experience in planning test selection, implementing, and writing up neuropsychological evaluations using a broad range of tests and procedures, as well as oral communication of test results to referral sources. As part of the training experience in the pediatric neuropsychology rotation, the intern also attends the Behavioral Neurosciences Seminar which is a weekly meeting devoted to special topics and case presentations in the clinical neurosciences. Other seminars of interest to those on a career trajectory in neuropsychology include: Pediatric Neuropsychology Fact Finding, which provides early exposure to the ABPP Board Certification Process, Neuropathology Rounds, which is devoted to the examination of gross brain anatomy, and is geared towards understanding the neuropathology of neurological diseases, Neuroradiology Rounds, and Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds. The Neuropsychology Division is also part of the Department's premier neuroimaging clinical research group, the Center for Cognitive Medicine. Interested interns may also arrange to participate in ongoing funded neurobehavioral and neuroimaging research as a separate training experience.

Interns completing rotations in the Pediatric Neuropsychology Program will master the following specific competencies:

  • Assessment of psychological disorders stemming from cognitive, psychiatric, and medical disability
  • Selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of pediatric neuropsychological tests
  • Case conceptualization through integration of history, test data, and behavioral observation
  • Communication of test results through written reports and oral presentation
  • Development of a working knowledge and experiential base in neurological and psychiatric diagnosis
  • Capacity for neuropsychological consultation to medicine, hematology/oncology, neuropsychiatry, neurosurgery, neurology, other medical services, schools, and other referral sources
  • Provision of feedback to patients and families
Supervisor(s)

The Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic (PSADC) specializes in early identification, comprehensive evaluation, and evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders in diverse youth from age 4 years through older adolescents.

For more information visit the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic (PSADC).

Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul’s CLEAR Lab uses a combination of mechanistic hormone experiments (RCTs) and observational studies to clarify how normal hormone changes (menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, puberty) impact daily transdiagnostic psychiatric symptoms (especially suicidal thoughts and behaviors) among female outpatients. Since not all females are “hormone-sensitive” to the neurobiological effects of hormone changes, we also emphasize the use of multilevel models to explain these between-person differences in hormone sensitivity. We use a transdiagnostic, symptom-specific approach informed by both the RDoC and HiTOP frameworks. Primary outcomes of interest include daily self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (suicidality and NSSI), as well as daily symptoms of alcohol use disorder, ADHD, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder. With respect to the DSM-5 framework, we study transdiagnostic mechanisms underlying “premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)” and mood disorders “with peripartum onset”. While we primarily focus on the menstrual cycle, we also study perinatal, perimenopausal, and peripubertal effects of hormones on psychopathology.

Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is primarily interested in training research-focused interns in the use of clinical trials to clarify the pathophysiology of transdiagnostic hormone-related symptoms. Should the intern develop a longer-term interest in this work, she is able to serve as a postdoc mentor on several institutional postdoctoral fellowships at UIC. She is also interested in training clinically-focused interns on the use of standardized assessment methods for acute suicide risk, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and premenstrual exacerbation of chronic disorders.
 

Active Grants in Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul’s Laboratory:

  • NIMH R01-120843 (PI: Eisenlohr-Moul): Cyclical Neuroactive Steroid Changes, Arousal, and Proximal Suicide Risk: An Experimental Approach.
  • NIMH R01-122446 (Co-PIs: Eisenlohr-Moul, Nock, & Prinstein): Adolescent Girls’ Risk for Suicide Across the Menstrual Cycle: Examining Stress and Negative Valence Systems Longitudinally
  • NIMH K99/R00-109667 (PI: Eisenlohr-Moul); Ovarian Hormone Withdrawal and Suicide Risk: An Experimental Approach.
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award (PI: Eisenlohr-Moul): Neurosteroid and immune mechanisms of steroid-regulated suicidality in a mechanistic clinical trial.
  • NIMH R01-119119 (PI: Martel): Estrogen Effects on ADHD and Cognition.
  • NIAAA R21 (PI: Childs): Influence of Synthetic Sex Hormones on Alcohol Effects and Consumption in Women.
     

Training/Research Themes:

  1. Use of clinical trials to clarify how ovarian hormones (estrogen, progesterone) influence female psychopathology and suicidality, including mechanisms such as immune signaling (e.g., inflammatory gene network expression, cytokines) and GABAergic neurosteroid metabolites (e.g., allopregnanolone).
  2. Suicide risk assessment in clinical trials with chronically suicidal patients and participants.
  3. State-of-the-art methods for diagnosing DSM-5 premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and premenstrual exacerbation of chronic psychopathology (PME) across the menstrual cycle in female patients and participants.
     

(Themes 1 & 2): Building on years of evidence for heightened perimenstrual risk of suicide and hospitalization in females, Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul’s current NIMH-funded research program uses intensive crossover randomized controlled trials of hormone stabilization in women with chronic suicidality. These trials investigate the role of cyclical ovarian hormone changes in acute risk for emotional crisis and suicide. Studies also focus on downstream mechanisms of ovarian hormone changes in female psychopathology, including changes in GABAergic Neurosteroid metabolites, inflammatory gene expression, and inflammatory signaling markers.  Daily and weekly suicide risk interviews are repeated within the same participant over 6-9 months. 

  • Research Opportunities: Research roles in these projects will vary widely depending on the level of interest in ovarian hormone mechanisms in psychopathology, but could include literature reviews and other writing tasks for co-authorship on primary or secondary trial outcome manuscripts. Exceptionally interested interns may have the opportunity to develop a first-author manuscript using the repeated measures data from the trials.
  • Clinical Opportunities:  Optional clinical opportunities in these projects could involve learning to conduct the SCID-5 as well as suicide risk assessments with participants (daily over the phone, and/or weekly in the laboratory) with highly standardized interview protocols and close supervision from Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul.

(Theme 3): Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is an expert in the diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and has recently published the first computerized scoring system for making a reliable diagnosis of PMDD using 2 months of daily mood ratings (the “C-PASS”; Eisenlohr-Moul et al., 2017, Am J Psych). However, this work has also identified transdiagnostic subtypes of hormone sensitivity that require further investigation, and which call into question the presence of a heterogeneous “PMDD” diagnostic category.

  • Research Opportunities: Research roles in these projects will again vary widely depending on intern interest, but could involve work to collect data in our large PMDD diagnostic registry study, and coauthorship on associated papers aimed at validating subtypes of hormone sensitivity and updated clinical diagnostic procedures.
  • Clinical Opportunities:  Optional clinical opportunities on these projects would involve learning to make reliable and valid diagnoses of DSM-5 PMDD using prospective daily ratings from patients in the context of our ongoing diagnostic registry studies. Additionally, you would learn to conduct SCID-5 interviews with participants who have met prospective criteria for PMDD to identify comorbidities.
     

For prospective interns, the rotation can be fully research, fully clinical, or a mix of both. Involvement should last a minimum of 6 months for clinical roles, and the full year for research roles.

Laboratory for the Study of Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders

The goal of the overall research project is to further our knowledge about schizophrenia and other major psychotic disorders by a prospective longitudinal investigation involving a 26 year followup of a large sample of patients previously studied prospectively at the acute phase, and already followed up six times over the first twenty years. 

A large sample of young patients with schizophrenia and affective disorders, including bipolar affective disorders, unipolar psychotic and nonpsychotic depressive disorders have been assessed longitudinally. Patients have been evaluated at the acute phase and are being followed up at various phases over the years for delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, neurocognitive deficits, and negative symptoms. They are also being assessed for affective symptoms, rehospitalizations, substance abuse, social and work adjustment, and suicidal activity. The data are used to evaluate a number of theories about psychosis, thought disorder, negative symptoms, prognostic factors, premorbid developmental achievements and antipsychotic medications. They are also being used to assess the long-term clinical course and level of functioning and adjustment in modern-day schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, with a special focus on issues such as work disability and the potential to experience periods of recovery.

UIC Recovery Clinic

Description:The UIC Recovery Clinic provides comprehensive, outpatient psychiatric services for individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring psychopathology. We believe that patients are most likely to recover from addictive and psychiatric disorders when they are addressed simultaneously, in particular, with multiple complementary techniques. Treatment approaches are therefore individualized, and flexible, and may include diagnostic evaluation, medication management, weekly psychotherapy, and coordination of referrals to outside care. The Recovery Clinic itself is multi-disciplinary and includes an addiction psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, a pharmacist, and several in-training psychiatrists and psychologists.

Intern’s Role
Clinical psychology interns are offered the opportunity to receive structured training in substance abuse, and psychiatric comorbidity, while providing supervised, individual, empirically-validated treatments to patients. Interns will be trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance use disorders as well as other well-supported techniques such as motivational interviewing and mindfulness. A typical intern caseload includes four to five weekly patients; though this is flexible based on the intern’s training goals. There is a clinic team meeting each week which includes didactic seminars, case presentations, discussion of administrative issues, and review of new scientific literature, which interns are expected to attend and participate in each week.

The Families, Affective Neuroscience, and Mood Disorders Research Rotation offers interns the opportunity to participate in research aimed at identifying behavioral-brain risk markers and preventive interventions for child and adolescent depression.

We currently have two active funded studies that interns can be involved with:

  • Mother and Daughter Study: The mother and daughter study combines behavioral, neural [event-related potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)], and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) measures with a prospective design to test whether disrupted social-emotional and motivational processing styles are direct, familial mechanisms implicated in the intergenerational transmission of depression.
  • Prevention of Depression Study: The prevention of depression study leverages a well-developed evidence-based family group cognitive-behavioral prevention program to examine whether biological markers (ERPs) implicated in emotion processing can be altered in children of depressed parents to reduce depression risk. This project is also examining whether ERPs can predict which offspring of depressed parents respond to the intervention program.

Intern Opportunities:
For prospective interns, the rotation is a mix of clinical/research activities. We prefer involvement that spans across the entire 12 months of internship.

Learn to deliver an evidence-based family CBT prevention program; Conduct diagnostic assessments with children and adolescents; Learn and conduct behavioral, EEG (ERPs), and functional neuroimaging data analyses, and prepare manuscripts for peer-review publications as lead or 2nd author. Interns have weekly supervision and participate in team meetings

https://www.psych.uic.edu/research/lab-directory/families-affective-neuroscience-and-mood-disorders-fam-lab

The Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC) is a SAMHSA funded Treatment Service Adaptation Center and a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The program is meant to promote and disseminate comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated care for multi-problem, high-risk youth affected by trauma and community violence.

For more information, visit the Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC) website.

The Young Child Clinic offers comprehensive assessments and treatment to children from birth through five years old who have social-emotional, behavioral, traumatic, and mental health difficulties. Following a three part evaluation, parents are provided a feedback session to discuss findings and recommendations.

For more information, visit Young Child Clinic website.