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Institute for Juvenile Research

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Niranjan Karnik MD, PhD

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

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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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