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Gustavo R. Medrano PhD ABPP

Gustavo R. Medrano
  • Board Certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology
  • Associate Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Gender Pronouns
  • he/him
Contact Information
  • gmedrano [at]
  • (312) 413-8171
  • Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)
    912 S. Wood St.
    Department of Psychiatry (MC 913)
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:624

Dr. Medrano is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and is the Associate Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. He 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.

He specializes in the use of behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotion dysregulation, couples conflict and other related difficulties. He is passionate about helping his clients lead more satisfying and value-driven lives, collaboratively tailoring therapy to meet the client's needs while using proven techniques. He uses concepts and techniques from the following therapies: cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, radically open DBT, and integrative behavioral couples therapy.

Dr. Medrano received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Journalism from Northwestern University, and became a high school teacher through Teach for America, concurrently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania for Urban Education. Dr. Medrano received his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Department of Psychiatry), and then completed a 2-year postdoctoral clinical fellowship in couples therapy and DBT at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He was a staff psychologist and the DBT group supervisor at The Family Institute prior to joining UIC.

  • Hainsworth, K., Liu, X.C., Simpson, P., Swartz, A., Linneman, N., Tran, S.T., Medrano, G.R., Mascarenhas, B., Zhang, L., Weisman, S. (in press). A pilot study of Iyengar yoga for pediatric obesity: Effect on gait and emotional functioning. Children.  

    Medrano G.R. (2017) Chronically ill people in couple and family therapy. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham. doi:

    Tran, S.T., Jastrowski Mano, K., Hainsworth, K.R., Medrano, G.R., Anderson Khan, K., Weisman, S.J., & Davies, W.H. (2015). Distinct influences of anxiety and pain catastrophizing on functional outcomes in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(9), doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv029.

    Medrano, G.R., Berlin, K.S., & Davies, W.H. (2013). Utility of the PedsQLTM FIM: Assessing the psychometric properties in a community sample. Quality of Life Research, 22(10), 2899-2907. doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0422-9.

    Gorodzinsky, A.Y., Davies, W.H., Tran, S.T., Medrano, G.R., Bernacki, J.M., Burks, L.M., Anderson Khan, K., Hainsworth, K.R., & Weisman, S.J. (2013). Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Dynamics When a Sibling Has Chronic Pain. Children's Health Care, 42(4), 333-352. doi:10.1080/02739615.2013.842460

    Gorodzinsky, A.Y., Tran, S.T., Medrano, G.R., Fleishman, K., Anderson Khan, K., Ladwig, R.J., & Weisman, S.J. (2012). Parents’ initial perceptions of interdisciplinary treatment at a pediatric chronic pain clinic. Pain Research and Treatment, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/791061.