Psychiatry Fellowship Faculty Members

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:

Division Chief

Mina K. Dulcan, MD​, 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. 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 2016. 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, 4th 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)

Julie M. Sadhu, MD, is an outpatient attending who joined our faculty in 2011. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program (Harvard Medical School) in Boston and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School).

Prior to becoming the Training Director, Dr. Sadhu was heavily involved in fellow education, serving as the Fellow Faculty Mentor from 2013-2015. In addition, Dr. Sadhu is the course director for the Diversity and Cultural Competency Course for the first year child psychiatry fellows, social work interns and psychology interns. Dr. Sadhu serves on the Clinical and Organizational Development Provider Liaison Advisory Council for the hospital. Dr. Sadhu’s clinical interests include cultural aspects of psychiatry. Dr. Sadhu has presented and published on the topics of sexting and cultural competency. 

Teaching Faculty

MaryBeth Lake, MD, is an attending in outpatient services. 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. She served on the AADPRT Henderson Award Committee, and was previously a member of the AACAP Committee for Liaison with Primary Care. Dr. Lake is a prior 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.

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 the medical director of the partial hospitalization program (PHP) and director of the child and adolescent psychiatry first year fellows partial hospitalization program rotation. 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. Dr. Jha was the recipient of the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year Award for the CAP fellows and is the fellow faculty mentor.

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. 

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 CAP Diagnostic Intake Clinic.

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.

Jessica Yeatermeyer, MD, earned her BA in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and her MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She also has an MSc in Medical Anthropology from University College London. After completing an internship in Pediatrics at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, she was a general psychiatry resident at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She completed her CAP fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she was Chief Fellow. Her clinical interests include anxiety spectrum disorders, trauma recovery, family therapy, and medico-legal partnerships regarding child and family law and child protection. Dr. Yeatermeyer has a passion for medical student teaching, mentorship of fellows, and educating and collaborating with specialists from other disciplines.

Rachel Ballard, MD, earned her ScB in Biology at Brown University and her MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She has an MA in Anthropology from University of Texas at Austin. She completed a residency in General Pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and practiced as a pediatrician in San Antonio, Texas. She completed a second residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UTHSCSA.  She then practiced as both a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist at a large community health system, where she was Director of Behavioral Health. Dr. Ballard’s clinical interests include mental health and teen pregnancy, early intervention, integrated health, and measurement-based psychiatric care. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research.

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:

  • Miriam Gutmann, MD
  • Lisa Korman, MD
  • Sarah Florence, MD
  • Gunnbjorg Lavoll, 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:

  • John Csernansky, MD
  • DeeDee Dupre, MD
  • Robert Edger, MD
  • Mandy Evans, MD, MPH
  • Joshua Goldstein, MD
  • Anna Ivanenko, MD
  • Jeremy Kaplan, MD
  • Gunnbjorg Lavoll, MD
  • Karen Pierce, 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
  • Rebecca Barber, LCSW
  • Colleen Cicchetti, PhD
  • Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD
  • Karen Gouze, PhD
  • Kristin James, MA
  • Rochelle James, MA
  • John Lavigne, PhD
  • Megan Lerner, LCSW
  • Kay Malee, PhD
  • Lindsay Miller, MS, SLP
  • Beth Pettinelli, LCSW
  • Jonathan Pochyly, PhD
  • Tali Raviv, Ph.D.
  • Mark Reinecke, PhD
  • Julie Rinaldi, PhD
  • Janet Schmidt, MA
  • Miller Shivers, PhD
  • Lina Tran, LCSW
  • Keith Wallace, LCSW
  • Connie Weil, PhD
  • Richard Wendel, PhD
  • Frank Zelko, PhD