The following child and adolescent psychiatrists are full-time faculty of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lurie Children's and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine:
Mina K. Dulcan, MD
, (right) who is the Margaret C. Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry, is chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is the Medical Director of the Warren Wright Adolescent Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is a past president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), served a 10-year term as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academic of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry.
Dr. Dulcan is a graduate of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) residency program at the University of Pittsburgh and has particular expertise in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and child psychiatric epidemiology.
Dr. Dulcan’s newest textbook, Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was released in Fall 2009. She is also the lead author of the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the editor of Helping Parents, Youth and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Resource Book of Medication Information Handouts, 3rd Edition.
She was recently recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for serving as an oral examiner for more than 90 certification exams (Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).
Dr. Dulcan is actively involved in program administration, didactic teaching, and clinical supervision. She teaches the Year 1 Clinical and Clinical Research Assessment Course, the Year 1 Practice Parameters/Journal Club and co-teaches the Year 2 Research Literacy/Journal Club. Dr. Dulcan also works individually with each fellow during the CAP2 year as an outpatient supervisor. She was selected as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teacher of the Year in 2007.
Director of Education (Training Director) Incoming
Jennifer Kurth, DO,
completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University in 2007 and joined the faculty in 2010. She previously serves as training director for the general psychiatry residency program at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Prior to this, Dr. Kurth was an attending psychiatrist in the Warren Wright Adolescent Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while also working in solo private practice and for the public sector at Thresholds, providing forensic-based parenting evaluations for wards of the state. Currently, Dr. Kurth sees outpatients at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as provides psychiatric treatment to the Thresholds Young Adult Program (residential based treatment).
While at Loyola University Medical Center, Dr. Kurth had a wide range of clinical and educational responsibilities. Dr. Kurth provided outpatient clinical care at Loyola University Medical Center, as well as at the Student Mental Health Center which served undergraduates at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Kurth also served as the psychiatric consultant to a multidisciplinary clinic aimed at diagnosing and treating patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders at a satellite clinic of Loyola University Medical Center. When Dr. Kurth was the Training Director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, she was heavily involved in restructuring and developing didactic courses, creating faculty workshops, and mentoring the residents. She received an Award of Excellence from the residents for her contributions to the residency program. In the broader scope of education, Dr. Kurth was a member of many committees involving resident and medical student education in the Department of Psychiatry and university-wide.
At Lurie Children’s, Dr. Kurth supervises CAP fellows, directs and supervises the elective rotation at the Thresholds Young Adult Program for CAP 2 fellows and lectures to fellows and medical students. Dr. Kurth was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year award from the graduating class of CAP fellows.
Dr. Kurth has made several contributions to textbooks and books and has been actively involved in the media making appearances on local news channels and “The Today Show” to comment on important topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Kurth has clinical interests in the area of autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, complex trauma, adolescent/young adult residential treatment, and treating children in the foster care/child welfare system.
Director of Education (Training Director) Outgoing
MaryBeth Lake, MD
, a former chief resident at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) at the University of Pittsburgh, is associate professor and has served as the Director of Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the last 10 years. While at WPIC, she worked in inpatient and consultation-liaison child and adolescent psychiatry, and was medical director of an adolescent after-school and summer treatment program. Prior to joining Children’s Memorial Hospital in 2000, Dr. Lake worked briefly in the private sector providing inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization program services. She is active in regional and national professional organizations. Dr. Lake is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Continuing Medical Education Committee and the AADPRT Henderson Award Committee, and was previously a member of the AACAP Committee for Liaison with Primary Care. Dr. Lake is a co-author of the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
, as well as other publications and presentations. Dr. Lake also serves as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry board examiner for the ABPN and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
In addition to her work with all aspects of felllows’ training, Dr. Lake directs multiple courses in the curriculum and co-teaches the CAP2 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) course. She works individually with each fellow during the CAP2 year as an outpatient supervisor and also oversees general psychiatry resident and medical student education in CAP. Dr. Lake is a member of the Lurie Children’s Right Start Program (0-5 year old clinic). Dr. Lake’s special interests include family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Lake was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year award from the graduating class of CAP fellows and the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Katie Costello, MD
, joined our faculty in 2009 after completing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship (as co-chief fellow) at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University. Dr. Costello completed her general psychiatry residency at Loyola University Chicago. She is an outpatient attending as well as an attending on the consultation-liaison service, and her interests include international advocacy and psychiatric education and training. Dr. Costello received a number of awards during both her general and CAP psychiatry training for her teaching to a variety of audiences.
Thomas K. Cummins, MD,
is the medical director of the inpatient psychiatry unit (IPU) at Lurie Children’s, and the director of the CAP1 inpatient rotation. Dr. Cummins completed his general psychiatry residency training at Emory University and followed by his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, where he served as chief fellow. Dr. Cummins brings experience with psychopharmacology research and development to the program and also serves as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Cummins was previously a member of the national professional advisory board of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
Nicholas M. Hatzis, MD,
is an outpatient attending who also works closely with the inpatient psychiatry unit (IPU) and partial hospitalization program (PHP). He joined our faculty in August 2011 after completing his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University. Dr. Hatzis’s interests include combining therapy and the use of medications in the treatment of affective illness, psychotic illness, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and anxiety disorders. He also has an interest in psychiatry education and has been recognized for excellence in his work with medical students.
Poonam Jha, MD
, is the director of the CAP2 Mood and Anxiety Program rotation and the CAP1 and 2 Brief Structured Interview course. Dr. Jha joined our faculty from the private sector and is an attending in the outpatient program. She completed her general psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jha’s interests include affective illness, anxiety disorders, and collaboration in the primary care setting. She also participates in the multi-disciplinary treatment of traumatized children (Trauma Team) at Lurie Children’s. Dr. Jha has a special interest in psychiatry education, and has served as faculty mentor to the CAP fellows. In addition to working at Lurie Children’s, Dr. Jha also works at Thresholds (a community mental health clinic) to treat young mothers with psychiatric illnesses and evaluate parents who have been identified as at-risk for abuse. Dr. Jha also works for the Juvenile Protection Agency providing forensic-based parenting assessments and evaluations for children who are in temporary custody of the Department of Child and Family Services.
Margery Johnson, MD
, is medical director of the outpatient psychiatric services (OPS) at Lurie Children’s. She completed her general residency training at Tufts-New England Medical Center and has been an inpatient unit director, training director in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP), and a private practitioner. She also has special expertise in adoption. Dr. Johnson has provided extensive teaching and supervision in residency programs, in addition to making numerous local and national presentations on a wide variety of topics. She is currently a delegate for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Assembly, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Issues Committee of the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS) and is past president of the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ICCAP). Dr. Johnson directs the CAP2 Normal Development course and co-directs the CAP2 Forensic Psychiatry course.
James MacKenzie, DO
, is medical director of the consultation-liaison and emergency psychiatric services at Lurie Children’s. Dr. MacKenzie completed his general psychiatry training at Loyola University Chicago, and joined the faculty after completing his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University in 2006. Dr. MacKenzie is an executive council member and treasurer of the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS). Dr. MacKenzie is an enthusiastic mentor of medical students, general psychiatry residents, CAP fellows, and pediatric residents. He was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Medical Student Teacher from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Adele Martel, MD, PhD
, is an attending physician in the outpatient services and holds the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical Scholar Track, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to joining the department in 2009, she served as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director at the Institute of Living-Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT, and as consulting psychiatrist at Trinity College, also in Hartford. With extensive clinical experience in outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings, she has interests in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and the transition of high school students with mental health concerns to the college environment. Dr. Martel is the Chair of the College Student Mental Health Committee and a member of the Adolescent Psychiatry Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and has presented at national meetings on the topic of college student mental health and social media. She is also an examiner in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the ABPN.
Rebecca O’Donnell, MD, joined our faculty in 2010 after completing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship (as chief fellow) at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University. Prior to that, Dr. O’Donnell completed her general psychiatry residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University, where she also served as chief resident. Dr. O’Donnell has a wide range of clinical interests including early childhood development, mood and anxiety disorders, and individual and family therapy. She is the Director of the CAP2 Right Start Program (0-5 year old clinic) and is the Director of the CAP2 Diagnostic Intake Clinic. In addition, Dr. O’Donnell’s specialty interests include psychiatric education and training and she currently serves as faculty mentor to the CAP fellows.
Karen Pierce, MD
, is medical director of the partial hospitalization program (PHP) and director of the CAP1 PHP rotation. She is highly regarded as a psychopharmacology consultant with expertise in management of complicated Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities and comorbid psychiatric illnesses. She is active in collaborative projects with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and other organizations such as the local Children and Adults with Attenion-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) chapter. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and works with the APA on collaborative care and quality indicators. Dr. Pierce was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year award from the graduating class of CAP fellows.
Sigita Plioplys, MD
, is the head of the Lurie Children’s Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Program. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University in 2001 and received the first A. Todd Davis, MD Outstanding Resident Award at Children’s Memorial Hospital (for which she was chosen from all pediatric and subspecialty programs). Prior to completing her CAP training, Dr. Plioplys was a neurologist in Lithuania. She received grants and awards for her publications and clinical research in the area of psychopathology in children with epilepsy, and she is involved in several national initiatives on mood disorders in children with epilepsy and pediatric non-epileptic (psychogenic) seizures.
Dr. Plioplys collaborates with Lurie Children’s Division of Neurology and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She directs the CAP1 Neuropsychiatry course and the CAP2 Neuropsychiatry Clinic rotation. She also serves as faculty sponsor for CAP elective on clinical research and pediatric neuropsychiatry, with a particular focus on psychopathology in patients with epilepsy. Dr. Plioplys was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year award from the graduating class of CAP fellows.
Julie M. Sadhu, MD
, is an outpatient attending who joined our faculty in 2011. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Harvard Longwood and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School). Dr. Sadhu’s clinical interests include cultural aspects of psychiatry and mood and anxiety disorders, and she has written and presented on the topic of adolescent media use including sexting.
Gisela Sandoval, MD, PhD
, is the Clinical Director of the Warren Wright Adolescent Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sandoval completed her general psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at New York – Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell Universities). She is actively involved in the teaching and supervision of CAP fellows and is available as a research mentor. She is developing a program of research in adolescent risk for and new onset psychosis.
Volunteer Physician Faculty Supervisors
During Year 2 of training, each fellow works with two volunteer outpatient supervisors (in addition to outpatient supervisors who are members of our department faculty). Our volunteer supervisors, many of whom also teach in seminars, include:
- Ariel David, MD
- Miriam Gutmann, MD
- Anna Ivanenko, MD (also certified in sleep medicine)
- Lisa Korman, MD
- Jeffrey Spector, MD
- Martha Zuehlke, MD
Elective Faculty Supervisors
During Year 2 of training, each fellow individually arranges electives in areas of his or her particular interests. Please see the electives page for more information on the many individuals (and organizations) from whom fellows can obtain supervision.
Other Physician Instructors
In addition to our faculty and volunteer supervisors, our volunteer physician instructors include not only child and adolescent psychiatrists working in the community, but also specialists in forensic psychiatry, neurology, sleep disorders, pediatrics, medical ethics, and many other disciplines:
- Virgilio Arenas, MD
- Dana Brazdziunas, MD
- John Csernansky, MD
- DeeDee Dupre, MD
- Robert Edger, MD
- Mandy Evans, MD, MPH
- Wayne Franklin, MD
- William Gilmer, MD
- Joshua Goldstein, MD
- Michael Hoffman, MD
- Jeremy Kaplan, MD
- Siddhartha Kumar, MD
- Gunnbjorg Lavoll, MD
- Mercedes Martinez, MD
- Rekha Menon, MD
- Maria Ponton, MD
- Lisa Yeh, MD (recipient of the 2010 "Teacher of the Year" award from the class of graduating fellows)
Instructors in Allied Disciplines
Fellows receive important training from psychologists, social workers, and experts in other allied fields in both Year 1 and Year 2 of their training. Our multidisciplinary teachers include:
- Jeanne Antisdel, PhD
- Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD
- Robert Blaufuss, MEd
- Courtney Bledsoe, LCSW
- The Chicago Police Department's Preventive Programs Section
- Colleen Cicchetti, PhD
- Kris Erickson, AuD, CCC-A
- Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD
- Tamar Friedman, LCSW
- Karen Gouze, PhD
- Melinda Gronen, LCSW
- James Harisiades, MPH
- Kristin James, MA
- Rochelle James, MA
- Kim Langston, LCSW
- John Lavigne, PhD
- Gene Liebler, LCSW
- Kay Malee, PhD
- Jonathan Pochyly, PhD
- Tali Raviv, Ph.D.
- Mark Reinecke, PhD
- Julie Rinaldi, PhD
- Mi-Young Ryee, PhD
- Marena Sabo, LCSW
- Janet Schmidt, MA
- Miller Shivers, PhD
- Madelynn Skvarla, MS, SLP
- Keith Wallace, LCSW
- Connie Weil, PhD
- Richard Wendel, PhD
- Frank Zelko, PhD