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Meet Our Psychologists

Jeanne Antisdel, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2000, Yeshiva University

Diagnostic, developmental, and psychological evaluations of children and adolescents. Individual and family therapy for children and adolescents presenting with emotional/behavioral problems and/or medical illness.

Richard A. Arend, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1984 University of Minnesota

Parent training, early intervention with disruptive behavior disorders, behavior therapy.

Kate A. Benton, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Clinical Associate
Department of Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2001 Loyola University Chicago

Diagnosis & treatment of developmental delays, disorders and disabilities, interdisciplinary care of pediatric feeding disorders, infant/toddler developmental/behavioral health, preschool disruptive behavior, and ADHD, Early Intervention.

Jennifer Carlson, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2017, University of Iowa

Diagnostic, psychological, developmental behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, Autism evaluations; Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviors and Developmental Disabilities

Diane Chen, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist; Behavioral Health Director for the Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2012, Temple University

My research broadly focuses on psychosocial functioning, reproductive health and fertility preservation, and medical decision-making among gender and sexual minority youth and young adults. Clinically, I provide consultation, assessment, and therapeutic services to transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse youth and young adults and to youth and young adults with differences of sex development/intersex traits and their families within our multidisciplinary Gender & Sex Development Program.

Colleen Cicchetti, Ph.D.

Director of Center for Childhood Resilience
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1996, Northwestern University
MEd, 1989, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Advocacy and public health approach to mental health services: promotion of evidence based treatment in school and community settings for children/youth who have been exposed to trauma/victimization including training, supported implementation and evaluation; community, parent and professional outreach and education/training.

Allison Clarke, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist, Sleep Medicine
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2015, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Psychosocial assessment related to pediatric sleep disorders, adjustment and coping with sleep difficulties, pediatric consultation, individual and parent interventions.

Claire Coyne, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2014, Indiana University

Primary areas of clinical interest include emotional and behavioral health concerns among transgender/gender-expansive children, adolescents, and young adults, Cognitive-behavioral therapy and evidence-based treatments for at-risk youth and their families, including youth exposed to childhood trauma. Primary research interests include psychosocial functioning and behavioral health interventions for transgender/gender-expansive youth. Consultation to school and community agencies on promoting evidence-based behavioral health practices for trauma-exposed youth.

Bonnie Essner, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2012, Loyola University Chicago

Development and implementation of innovative digital health platforms for promoting resilience and health behaviors among adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions; complementary and integrative health approaches for treatment of somatic sensations and enhancing well-being among adolescents with chronic pain.

Meredyth A. Evans, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2015 DePaul University
MA, 2012 DePaul University

Pediatric Consultation/Liaison; psychosocial issues in the treatment of children with chronic illnesses, special training and expertise in working with children and adolescents with diabetes; child and family adjustment to medical diagnosis and family/life stressors; cognitive and behavioral strategies for management of depression and anxiety; parent management strategies for addressing behavioral difficulties in children.

Rebecca Ford-Paz, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2006 DePaul University
MA, 2000, Columbia University

CBT for anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders; immigrant and refugee mental health, community- engaged research with cultural adaptation of evidence-based treatment; diversity, equity, inclusion issues.
Primary areas of clinical interest include emotional and behavioral health concerns among immigrant, refugee, and Latinx children and adolescents and clinicians in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Primary research interests include community-engaged research on the adaptation of cognitive-behavioral therapy and evidence-based treatments for structurally marginalized youth, including youth exposed to childhood trauma. Training and consultation to school and community agencies on promoting evidence-based behavioral health practices for trauma-exposed youth.

Laurie Gayes Thompson, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2016, University of Kansas

Psychological aspects of chronic illness management, adherence and coping with Type 1 diabetes, behavioral aspects of weight management, pain and medically unexplained somatic symptoms.

Tara Gill, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2008, DePaul University
MA, 2003, DePaul University

African American mental health, diversity issues in the workplace, race and equity in marginalized populations, consultation to school and community agencies on promoting social-emotional learning and behavioral health, trauma treatment, school-based prevention, and disruptive behavior disorders in school-age children and adolescents, and family therapy.

Karen R. Gouze, Ph.D.

Director of Psychology Training Program
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1980 University of Minnesota

Family dynamics and family therapy; developmental psychopathology; outcomes of child mental health services, school-based prevention and intervention, sensory processing and psychopathology

Clayton D. Hinkle, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2013, Illinois Institute of Technology

Neuropsychological sequelae of congenital heart disease, traumatic brain injury and sports-related concussion, brain and nervous system tumors, epilepsy, stroke, infectious and autoimmune diseases, and Tourette Syndrome and pediatric movement disorders

Lizabeth L. Jordan, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2014, University of Florida

Neuropsychology assessment and consultation. I evaluate the cognitive, behavior, and emotional strengths and weaknesses of children and teenagers with neurodevelopmental disorders and acquired brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, stroke, epilepsy, cancer, infectious disease, ADHD, learning disorders.

Caroline Kerns, Ph.D.

Coordinating Psychologist, TARGET Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2016, Boston University

Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices and principles; improving access to treatment among underserved populations; assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders; early childhood psychopathology; parent-focused interventions

John V. Lavigne, Ph.D.

Chief Psychologist
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1974, University of Texas

Psychological aspects of primary care, developmental psychopathology, pain and other medically unexplained symptoms

Kathleen M. Malee, Ph.D.

Special Infectious Disease Clinic
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1987, Loyola University of Chicago

Pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS; chronic illness; medication adherence; bio- psychosocial issues in high risk infants, children and adolescents.

Devin McNulty, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2015, Loyola University Chicago

Assessment and treatment of behavioral health concerns in primary care; Parent and professional psychoeducation, consultation, and outreach; Coping and adjustment with medical conditions; Screening and primary prevention.

Katie Meyers, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2013, Northwestern University

Psychologist embedded with heart transplant team, pediatric consultation, CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, parent training, treatment
related to adherence and coping with chronic illness, family therapy.

Jackie Papadakis, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2018, Loyola University Chicago

Clinical areas: Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Consultation Service; Sex Development Clinic; Spina Bifida Center

Research areas: psychosocial functioning among youth and young adults with disorders/differences of sex development (DSD), spina bifida, pediatric diabetes; pediatric psychology; behavioral health service delivery in interdisciplinary settings.

John Parkhurst, Ph.D.

Coordinating Psychologist of the Mood, Anxiety, ADHD
Collaborative Care (MAACC) Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2013 University of Tennessee

Evidence-based assessment practices, mental health consultation and collaboration in pediatrics and community settings.

Jonathan M. Pochyly, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist
Instructor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1998, Loyola University of Chicago

Anxiety disorders in children; parent training; family therapy; disruptive behavior disorders; cognitive assessment, executive abilities.

Lauren Potthoff, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2018, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Psychologist embedded within the department of Gastroenterology; adjustment to and coping with new medical illnesses; psychosocial factors in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, particularly Irritable Bowel Disease; treatment related to adherence and coping with chronic illness; CBT for anxiety and mood disorders

Stephanie K. Powell, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Ph.D. 2006 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Neuropsychological assessment and consultation; neuropsychological correlates of both hematologic/oncologic conditions (brain tumors, leukemia, sickle cell disease) and their treatment (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem-cell transplant)

Tali Raviv, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2007, University of Denver

Consultation to school and community agencies on promoting social-emotional learning and behavioral health, cognitive-behavioral group therapy, parent training, family therapy, trauma treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety; prevention of psychopathology among at-risk youth.

Claudio Santiago Rivera, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2016, DePaul University

Latinx, immigrant, and refugee mental health; community health and equity; youth voice and advocacy; resilience; school and community-based mental health; delivery and supported implementation of evidence-based practices for trauma, aggression, mood, and anxiety.

Edna Romero, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2015, Loyola University Chicago

Psychosocial assessment related to pediatric cancer and hematologic disease, adjustment and coping with medical illness, pediatric consultation, individual and family therapy.

Megan Scott, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Ph.D. 2010 George Mason University

Neuropsychological assessment; autism evaluations; neuropsychological correlates of autism spectrum disorder, extreme prematurity, genetic disorders, and broader neurodevelopmental disorders.

Jenna Shapiro, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
PhD, 2019, Loyola University Chicago

Pediatric consultation/liaison and evidence-based intervention for pediatric cancer and hematologic disease; psychosocial considerations and resilience promotion for youth with chronic illness; cognitive and behavioral strategies for management of mood, anxiety, and behavioral difficulties; supporting transfer of care and psychosocial wellbeing among adolescents and young adults with chronic illness

 

Miller Shivers, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Lurie Children’s Little Ones
Instructor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2003, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Attachment-based intervention, infant and preschool mental health, NICU psychology, effects of maternal depression on infants and young children, disruptive behavior, sleeping and feeding problems in infancy and early childhood, toileting concerns, cleft palate, cranio-facial issues and vascular lesions as they effect mental health.

Mashana Smith, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1999, DePaul University

Individual and group therapy for children and adolescents; therapies include aggression prevention and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral and dialectical therapy for children and adolescents

Anthony Vesco, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist, Urgent Care Program and Outpatient Therapy Service
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2016, The Ohio State University

Temperament factors, such as positive/negative affectivity and effortful control, and impacts on child/adolescent mood symptoms; executive functioning and impact on rumination/worry processes; third wave therapy practices for adolescents with mood disorders; program evaluation for emergent and urgent psychological services; family functioning and distress in the context of type 1 diabetes.

Kelly Walker-Lowry, Ph.D.

Director, Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Programs
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 2007, University of Florida

Acute care programs, motivational interviewing (MINT member), leadership and administration, treatment outcomes, quality improvement, behavioral treatments.

Jill Weissberg- Benchell, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
PhD, 1990, Case Western Reserve University

Pediatric consultation-liaison, integrating behavioral health care on hospital medical floors, coping and adaption to chronic illness (in general and with a specific focus on diabetes), adherence to medical regimens, preventing depression in youth with chronic illness, supporting successful transition from pediatric to adult care among youth with a chronic illness.

Frank A. Zelko, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Service PhD, 1985, University of Minnesota

Neuropsychological assessment; attention and executive skills; concussion; epilepsy; functional neuroimaging; neurocognitive effects of systemic disease.