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Judith A. Cook PhD

Judith A. Cook
  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
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    SPHPI MC 912
    Chicago IL 60612
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Dr. Cook is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She directs a federally funded research center along with numerous grants focused on intervention science and psychiatric epidemiology. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations. She works with federal, state and local authorities on behavioral health service system redesign and alternative financing strategies. Her recent work focuses on randomized controlled trials of evidence-based practice treatments for serious mental illness, and outcomes of individuals with co-occurring mental illness and chronic medical conditions. She consults with federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, Government Accountability Office, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Veteran’s Administration. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the first national study of the prevalence of psychiatric and substance use disorders among women living with HIV/AIDS. She was a member of the NIMH Study Section on Mental Health Services in Specialty Settings from 2006-2009.

    • Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, 2012.
    • 2011 Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS, Sociologists AIDS Network
    • Researcher of the Year Award in Clinical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
    • John Beard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, USPRA, 2008
    • Eli Lilly Reintegration Award, 1st Place Winner for Employment Programs, Eli Lilly & Co, 2006
    • National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Award, NARRTC, 2004
    • William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association, 2003
    • 2003 Researcher Award, Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Chicago
    • 2002 Mentor of the Year Award, Chancellor's Office, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Armin Loeb Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Rehabilitation Research, IAPSRS, 1995
  • psychiatry

    mental health services; psychiatric epidemiology; integration of health and behavioral health, psychiatric rehabilitation; HIV/AIDS treatment outcomes; substance use and mental health; behavioral health service system redesign

  • Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery, (NIDILRR, 90RT5038-01-00);

  • Weight Management and Wellness for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (NIDILRR, 90IF0100-01);

  • National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-occurring Medical Conditions (NIDRR, H133B100028);

  • Prevalence of DSM-IV Disorders in an Multi-Center HIV+ Women's Cohort (NIMH, R01MH089830);

  • Mental Illness Self-Management Through Wellness Recovery Action Planning (NIMH, R34MH085051);

  • Multisite Study of Self-Directed Care for People with Serious Mental Illness (NIMH, R34MH101364);

  • Disability Research Collaborative at Mathematica (SSA, 1-DRC12000001-01-00).

  • Key Publications

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Razzano, L.A. et al. (2021). Serious mental illness, other mental health disorders, and outpatient health care as predictors of 30-day readmissions following medical hospitalization. General Hospital Psychiatry. 70, 10-17.

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Steigman, P.J. et al. (2021). Registry-managed care coordination and education for patients with co-occurring diabetes and serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services,

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Jonikas, J.A. et al. (2020). Factors associated with 30-day readmissions following medical hospitalizations among Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 291, 1-6

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Fricks, L., Jenkins Tucker, S. et al., (2020). Whole Health Action Management: A randomized controlled trial of a peer-led health promotion intervention. Psychiatric Services, 71(10), 1039-1046.

    Cook, J. A., Shore, S., Burke-Miller, J. K. et al. (2019). Mental health self-directed care financing: efficacy in improving outcomes and controlling costs for adults with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 70(3), 191-201.

    Cook, J. A., Burke-Miller, J. K., Steigman, P. J. et al. (2018). Prevalence, comorbidity, and correlates of psychiatric and substance use disorders and associations with HIV risk behaviors in a multisite cohort of women living with HIV. AIDS and Behavior, 22(10), 3141-3154.

    Cook, J. A., Morrow, M., & Battersby, L. (2017). Intersectional policy analysis of self-directed mental health care in Canada. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 40(2), 244-251.

    Cook, J. A., Burke-Miller, J. K., & Roessel, E. (2016). Long-term effects of evidence-based supported employment on earnings and on SSI and SSDI participation among individuals with psychiatric disabilities. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(10), 1007-1014.

    Cook, J. A., Razzano, L., Jonikas, J. A., Swarbrick, M. A., Steigman, P. J., Hamilton, M. M., ... & Santos, A. B. (2016). Correlates of co-occurring diabetes and obesity among community mental health program members with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Services, 67(11), 1269-1271.

    Cook, J. A., & Burke, J. K. (2015). Reasons for job separations in a cohort of workers with psychiatric disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 52(4), 371-384.

    Cook, J. A., Razzano, L. A., Swarbrick, M. A., Jonikas, J. A., Yost, C., Burke, L., Steigman, P. J., & Santos, A. (2015). Health risks and changes in self-efficacy following community health screening of adults with serious mental illnesses. PLoS ONE, 10(4.

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Grey, D.D., Coccohoba, J. et al. (2014). Do HIV-positive women receive depression treatment that meets best practice guidelines? AIDS and Behavior, 18(16), 1094-1102.

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Hamilton, M.M. et al. (2013). Impact of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on service utilization and need in a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36(4), 250–257.

    Cook, J.A., Copeland, M.E., Jonikas, J.A., Hamilton, M.M., Razzano, L.A. et al. (2012). Results of a randomized controlled trial of mental illness self-management using Wellness Recovery Action Planning. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38(4), 881-891.

    Cook, J.A., Copeland, M.E., Floyd, C.B. et al. (2012). Impact of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on depression, anxiety, and recovery: results of a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatric Services, 63(6), 541-547.

    Cook, J.A. (2011). Associations between use of cocaine and HIV-1 disease progression: research findings and implications for mother-to-infant transmission. Life Sciences, 88, 931–939.

    Cook, J.A., Steigman, P., Pickett, S.A., Diehl, S. et al., (2011). Randomized controlled trial of peer-led recovery education using Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support (BRIDGES). Schizophrenia Research. 136(1-3), 36-42.

    Cook, J.A., Shore, S.E., Burke-Miller, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Ferrara, M., Colegrove, S., et al. (2010). Participatory action research to establish self-directed care for mental health recovery in Texas. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34(2), 137–144.

    Cook, J.A., Mock, L.O., Jonikas, J.A. et al. (2009). Prevalence of psychiatric and substance use disorders among single mothers nearing lifetime welfare eligibility limits, Archives of General Psychiatry, 66(3), 249-258.

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Cohen, M.H. et al. (2008). Crack cocaine, disease progression, and mortality in a multi-center cohort of HIV-1 positive women," AIDS, 22(11), 1355-1363.

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Effects of Stress and Stress Hormones on Cognition in HIV-infected Women The goal of this mentored award is to develop a program of research that addresses the role of stress and stress hormones on cognitive dysfunction among HIV+ women. This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH - K01 MH098798). Women's Mental Health Research Program Completed
Date Released Title Source
08/27/2021 Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas and faculty from Temple University launched the Center's slow-motion Twitter chat series for mental health researchers @TalkMHResearch @TalkMHResearch
08/27/2021 Dr. Judith Cook and her team presented their health self-management education project at the National Council on Aging’s annual conference, Age+Action National Council on Aging
08/27/2021 On May 20, 202, Dr. Judith Cook was a featured panelist for a national webinar hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. DHHS Administration for Community Living American Association on Health and Disability
03/15/2021 Dr. Judith Cook was interviewed at the Orlando Sentinel Media Group Orlando Sentinel Media Group
03/15/2021 Dr. Judith Cook was invited by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to participate in the forum National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
12/11/2020 Dr. Judith Cook and colleagues received a multi-year research grant from NIDILRR Gov Tribe
12/11/2020 Dr. Judith Cook was invited to serve the University of Illinois’ Task Force on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
12/11/2020 Dr. Judith Cook and her team were featured in UIC Today UIC Today
10/26/2018 Dr. Judith Cook speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Administration For Community Living
Our own Professor Judith Cook’s Center has been funded for five years!