Mina K. Dulcan, MD, 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. She continues to be very active in fellow education and supervision. 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 Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and was a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry. She received the 2015 Virginia Q. Anthony Outstanding Woman Leader Award from AACAP for lifetime achievements in the field of child and adolescent 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, 2nd Edition, 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 recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for serving as an oral examiner for more than 100 two-day examinations (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 and 2014.
Rachel Ballard, MD, earned her BSc 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. 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 the 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 has been an attending in the outpatient program since 2005. 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 trauma-reactive disorders. She participates in the multi-disciplinary treatment of traumatized children (Trauma Team) at Lurie Children’s. In addition to working at Lurie Children’s, Dr. Jha also works at Hephzibah Children's Association (a community mental health clinic) to provide psychiatric consultation for clinicians treating 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. Dr. Jha authored a chapter in Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is also a co-author of the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 5th edition published in 2017.
Margery R. 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 co-directs the CAP2 Forensic Psychiatry course. She has an interest in telepsychiatry and pharmacogenetics.
MaryBeth Lake, MD, is an attending in outpatient services and serves as the physician member (and rotation supervisor) of the Right Start early childhood clinic. Dr. Lake trained in the combined track in general and child psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) where she then was faculty for 2 years providing inpatient care, consultation services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and served as medical director of the adolescent afterschool partial program. Prior to joining the department in 2000, she also worked in the private sector in Iowa in OP, PHP and IPU services. She has been active in regional and national professional organizations including board membership of ICCAP and the Continuing Medical Education Committee of AACAP. She also served on the AADPRT Henderson Award Committee and was active in AACAP mentoring while she was the Director of Education and CAP Fellowship Training in the department for ten years. Dr. Lake co-authored a prior edition of the Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as other publications and presentations. She has served as a board examiner for the ABPN and is a Distinguished Fellow of both the APA and AACAP. She co-developed a professionalism/wellness curriculum in the Feinberg School of Medicine and is also interested in preschool mental health, family therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She has been selected as teacher/program of the year three times in her career.
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. Sigita 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 and the 2013-2014 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 and collaborative care.
Marisa Perez-Reisler, MD, is a consult liaison Attending Physician who joined our faculty in 2018. She attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her general psychiatry residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia-Cornell.
Prior to joining our faculty, she was on the faculty at the University of Hawai’i, John A. Burns School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and was an Attending Physician on the pediatric and adult consult liaison service, teaching and mentoring CAP fellows and medical students. She was involved in a quality improvement project for diabetes treatment adherence in her department and has a chapter on diabetes adherence in children and adolescents in a pediatric consult liaison book (publication pending). She has also worked in telepsychiatry and collaborative care teams in Ohio and New York, respectively, as well as school-based and community-based mental health clinics in Maryland. Her clinical interests include: consult liaison, collaborative care, Women’s Health and telepsychiatry.