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Lisa A. Razzano PhD CPRP

Lisa A. Razzano
  • 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
Contact Information
  • razzano [at]
  • (312) 413-0323
  • (312) 355-0753
  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
    1601 W. Taylor St.
    SPHPI MC 912
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:488

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. Her contributions have been recognized with awards including career contributions from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Researcher of the Year from the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, the UIC Chancellor’s Award for Mentor of the Year, and a UIC Excellence in Teaching Award, among others. Dr. Razzano is a Subtheme Leader for Human Growth and Development for the College’s curriculum redesign and a Scholar for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow. Dr. Razzano has served on scientific and government review panels, national executive boards, including service as national chair for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and as an elected member of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance.

  • Selected Publications

    Swarbrick, M.A., Cook, J.A., Razzano, L.A. et al. (2017). Predictors of current smoking among adults served by the public mental health system. Journal of Dual Diagnosis. DOI: 10.1080/15504263.2017.1296603.

    Cook, J.A., Razzano, L.A., Jonikas, J.A. et al., (2016). Correlates of co-occurring diabetes and obesity among community mental health program members with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, DOI: 10.1176/

    Razzano, L.A., Cook, J.A., Yost, C. et al. (2015). Factors associated with co-occurring medical conditions among adults with serious mental disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 161, 458–464.

    Razzano, L.A., Hamilton, M.M., Pashka, N.J. et al. (2015). Employment Outcomes for Individuals with HIV/AIDS & Co-Occurring Mental Health Factors. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 18(1), 19-41.

    Burke-Miller, J.K., Razzano, L.A., Grey, D.D. et al. (2012). Best practice supported employment outcomes for transition age youth and young adults. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(3), 171-179.

    Razzano, L.A., Jonikas, J.A., Goelitz, M.A. et al. (2010). The Recovery Education in the Academy Program (REAP): Transforming academic curricula with the principles of recovery and self-determination. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34(2), 130-136.

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Effects of Self-Directed Career Accounts on Vocational Outcomes of Supported Employment Recipients This project examines the impact of a flexible fund called a Career Account on the vocational success of individuals receiving evidence-based practice supported employment services using the Individual Placement and Support model. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Randomized Controlled Trial of Blended Telehealth Patient Navigation This project is designing an innovative blended telehealth navigator intervention that combines the evidence-based practices of patient navigation and telemedicine. A randomized controlled trial study is testing the intervention working with study partners from IIT's Chicago Health Disparities Center, Thresholds, Howard Brown Health, and Heartland Health Centers. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Health Screening of Medical Co-Morbidities among Adults in Mental Health Recovery Data from health screenings of public mental health clients held in four states found high rates of chronic medical conditions and health risk behaviors. After attending the health fairs, participants experienced significant increases in self-rated abilities for health practices, personal competence for health maintenance, and health locus of control. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Healthcare Utilization and Interest in Employment Services among Patients in Behavioral Health Homes This study used data from patients at Medicaid-funded behavioral health homes in Chicago to determine whether these settings support patients’ employment and reduce their reliance on disability benefits. Administrative and survey data were used to explore patients’ health status, labor force participation, medical and mental health service use, and beneficiary status.   Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Illinois Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Initiative This evaluation study is examining the impact of providing evidence-based supported employment services through the IPS model at two sites in Chicago, as well as policy changes and workforce development activities designed to bring this service delivery model to scale throughout the state of Illinois. Learn more Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Date Released Title Source
04/20/2022 Dr. Lisa Razzano has been promoted from Associate to Full Professor
04/20/2022 Dr. Lisa Razzano collaborated with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health & University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Public Mental Health Partnership DMH + UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership
11/22/2021 Dr. Lisa Razzano led the invited webinar, "Inclusive Evidence-Based Practices in Gender Non-Binary Mental Health Services" as part of an ongoing series for SMI Advisor SMI Adviser
11/22/2021 Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas & Dr. Lisa Razzano were invited to speak at a US DHHS NIDILRR and SAMHSA-sponsored meeting in September
11/22/2021 Dr. Lisa Razzano was elected chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Serious Mental Illness & Serious Emotional Disturbance. 2021 American Psychological Association
11/22/2021 Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas & Dr. Lisa Razzano chaired sessions at the 2021 Illinois Evidence-Based Practices Virtual Conference Series sponsored by the IL DHS in August. Illinois Department of Human Services
05/26/2021 Dr. Lisa Razzano and research partners at Thresholds have been selected to receive the 2021 Health Literacy Innovation Award from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement. Institute for Healthcare Advancement
12/11/2020 Dr. Lisa Razzano is a study partner with investigators at IIT for a 5-year federal grant
12/11/2020 Dr. Lisa Razzano was appointed to the Research and Practice Specialty Counsel, American Psychological Association.
Lisa Razzano, PhD will be leading the evaluation for the UI-TEAM: Utilizing Interdisciplinary Training to Educate and increase Access to MAT project