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

John T. Walkup, MD, joins us on October 2nd, 2017 as the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Department Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Prior to joining us, Dr. Walkup was Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, the Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty at Weill Cornell, Dr. Walkup spent 20 years at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine serving as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Deputy Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Associate Faculty and Director of Behavioral Research in the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. He remains an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with an appointment in the Center for American Indian Health.

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Walkup completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and research at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Walkup is an international authority on Tourette syndrome and has extensive experience as a principal investigator in NIH-funded treatment trials in child and adolescent psychopathology, including anxiety and mania. Dr. Walkup has three main academic areas of interest. His work with Tourette syndrome, uniquely spans psychiatry, child psychiatry and neurology; his expertise in interventions research focuses on the development and evaluation of psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments for the major psychiatric disorders of childhood including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome and suicidal behavior; and lastly, he has been involved in developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the large mental health disparities facing Native American youth, specifically drug use and suicide prevention.

For his work, Dr. Walkup has been awarded the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Academic Achievement in 2009 from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry in 2011 from the American Psychiatric Association and the Schonfeld Award from the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry in 2016. His team at the Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins won the Bronze Achievement Award from the Institute of Psychiatric Services of American Psychiatric Association in 2012 for the pioneering suicide prevention project on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.

Dr. Walkup serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. In the recent past, Dr. Walkup was the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Association of America. He is also the Deputy Editor for Psychopharmacology for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was recently elected Councilor at Large of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His research has been published in major medical journals including Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, an unusual accomplishment for a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

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 has presented at the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meetings and served as a mentor for medical students, residents, and fellows during the AACAP annual meetings. She serves on the AADPRT Assessment Committee and on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Maintenance of Certification Committee. She is a co-author of the Concise Guide to Adolescent Psychiatry, 5th edition published in 2017 by the American Psychiatric Association Publishing. Her clinical interests include treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and scholarly interests include ethics, professionalism, and cultural aspects of care.

Teaching Faculty

Mina K. Dulcan, MD has served as Director of the Division 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 for 24 years. As of October 2nd, 2017, she is stepping aside from her administrative roles but will continue to be very active in fellow education, teaching and supervising fellows and other trainees. 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 with the most recent edition, the 5th edition, having been published in 2017 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.

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, and a master's degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University. 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 a co-author of the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 5th edition, published in 2017

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).

Mandy Evans, MD, MPH, earned a BS in biology along with a minor in Spanish at Indiana University. She then went on to earn a master's degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She stayed on at Tulane to attend medical school. She spent time during graduate school during an internship in Guatemala working at the Population Council, and again during medical school she returned to Guatemala to do a clinical rotation in a Mayan health clinic. She then completed her general psychiatric residency at University of California, Irvine and then returned to the Midwest to complete her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University. For the past decade she has worked as a child and adult psychiatrist, in addition to being the medical director for a weekly teaching clinic, and a small day school program. In addition to general psychiatry she is interested in collaborative care, teaching and mentorship of residents and fellows, and public health.

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. She is also a co-author of the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 5th edition published in 2017.

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.

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.

Alba Pergjika, MD, MPH, is an outpatient and consultation-liaison attending psychiatrist who joins us in September 2017. She attended medical school and obtained her Master’s in Public Health at St. George’s University in Grenada. She went on to attend Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine for general psychiatry residency and Washington University School of Medicine for her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship. She served as a chief fellow during her fellowship. She has co-authored a review of ADHD in preschool children for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. She received the Resident Mentoring Award while in fellowship.

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.

Courtney Romba, MD, joined our faculty in September 2017. A native of Chicago, she completed her medical school and general psychiatry residency training at Rush Medical School, before joining the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. During her fellowship, she served as a co-chief fellow. Dr. Romba is an outpatient attending and supervises fellows. She has an interest in fellow wellness.

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:

  • Sarah Florence, MD
  • Miriam Gutmann, MD
  • Lisa Korman, MD
  • Gunnbjorg Lavoll, MD
  • Andrea Mann, DO
  • Rebecca O'Donnell, 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
  • Joshua Goldstein, MD
  • Anna Ivanenko, MD
  • Jeremy Kaplan, MD
  • Gunnbjorg Lavoll, MD
  • Karen Pierce, 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: 

  • Lina Antiporta, LCSW​
  • Jeanne Antisdel, PhD
  • Rebecca Barber, LCSW
  • Colleen Cicchetti, PhD
  • Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD
  • Karen Gouze, PhD
  • John Lavigne, PhD
  • Megan Lerner, LCSW
  • Kay Malee, PhD
  • Beth Pettinelli, LCSW
  • Jonathan Pochyly, PhD
  • Tali Raviv, Ph.D.
  • Mark Reinecke, PhD
  • Julie Rinaldi, PhD
  • Janet Schmidt, MA
  • Miller Shivers, PhD
  • Keith Wallace, LCSW
  • Connie Weil, PhD
  • Richard Wendel, PhD
  • Frank Zelko, PhD