Adolescent Behavioral Health Program

Established in 2013, behavioral health services in The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine meet the diverse needs of child and adolescent patients by providing diagnostic assessment and psychotherapy in select subspecialty services and programs.

The Lurie Children's Difference

In addition to expertise delivering evidence-based interventions for general psychiatric conditions, behavioral health providers in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine specialize in the following areas:

  • Adolescent sexuality
  • Gender identity development and exploration
  • Substance use and prevention counseling
  • Support for adolescents and young adults living with HIV/AIDS
  • Transgender health

Our behavioral health providers closely collaborate with specialists in General PediatricsEndocrinologyUrologySurgeryand Infectious Diseases.

What to Expect

The behavioral health services offered through the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine include general outpatient services, and those specific to our specialty programs.

As a growing division our behavioral health services will continue to expand to meet the needs of the young people that we serve.

 

General Outpatient Diagnostic & Psychotherapy Services

Patients referred for behavioral health support for issues may benefit from the services outlined below.

  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment – This assessment occurs across two to three sessions lasting 60 minutes each. In each of these sessions, the patient and their family will meet with one of our behavioral health providers who will conduct a comprehensive assessment on matters related to the child/adolescent’s psychological, behavioral and social well-being. The family will receive recommendations for treatment on the final session of the assessment period.
  • Individual and Family Psychotherapy - When indicated, families who have completed a Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment may continue to meet for evidence-based psychotherapy with one of our behavioral health providers. The behavioral health provider will meet with the patient, their parents and/or families (including siblings, when indicated) at a frequency that is guided by the focus of treatment. When necessary, the provider will consult with the patient’s primary care or prescribing physicians.
  • Group Psychotherapy - When indicated, families who have completed a Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment and/or families already in individual/family psychotherapy may continue to meet for group psychotherapy. Group psychotherapy is conducted periodically by our  behavioral health providers, and groups may involve patients only, parents and/or siblings.

Our Specialists

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Pictured (from left): David Javier Thompson, MA, AM, LCSW; Claire Coyne, PhD; Diane Chen, PhD

Diane Chen, PhD | Pediatric Psychologist (she/her)
Diane Chen, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She directs behavioral health services within the Gender & Sex Development Program and provides clinical care in the multidisciplinary clinics for transgender and gender expansive youth and for youth with differences in sex development. Dr. Chen maintains an active research program examining health risk behaviors, mental health functioning, and medical decision-making among gender- and sex-diverse children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Chen received her PhD (2012) and MA (2008) from Temple University, her BA (2004) from the University of Michigan, and completed her pre-doctoral internship (2012) and post-doctoral fellowship (2013) in clinical child and pediatric psychology at Lurie Children’s.

Claire Coyne, PhD | Pediatric Psychologist (she/her)
Claire Coyne, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her clinical training and work has focused broadly on providing evidence-based treatment for at-risk youth and their families, including youth exposed to childhood trauma and gender-nonconforming and transgender youth. Dr. Coyne works with patients and families through the Lurie Children’s Gender and Sex Development Program (GSDP), a multidisciplinary team designed to support the physical and psychosocial health of children and adolescents throughout gender identity development. She is also a member of the Lurie Children’s Trauma Team and provides trauma-related outpatient services to children and adolescents referred to the hospital due to exposure to traumatic violence, abuse, or neglect. Dr. Coyne received a PhD from the Clinical Science Program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in 2015 and BA from the University of Chicago in 2004. She completed her pre-doctoral internship (2014) and post-doctoral fellowship (2015) at Lurie Children’s.

David Javier Thompson, MA, AM, LCSW | Psychiatric Social Worker (he/him)
David Javier Thompson, MA, AM, LCSW, is a psychiatric social worker in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. He completed his clinical social work internship with Lurie Children’s psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program, and has been on staff at the hospital since 2015. After working in various roles within the hospital’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry he joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine’s Gender & Sex Development Program in 2017. Javier received an AB from the University of Michigan, BA from the University of Louisville, MA from the University of Essex via a United Kingdom Fulbright Grant, and AM/MSW from the University of Chicago. His clinical interests include providing behavioral healthcare services to gender and sexual minority individuals and their families as well as helping build behavioral health clinicians’ capacity to provide affirming and evidence-based care to these groups.

Make an Appointment

To learn more about our General Outpatient Services or to request an appointment, contact 1.800.543.7356 (1.800.KIDS DOC) or visit our Appointments page for more information.

To learn more about our Gender and & Sex Development Program or to request an appointment, contact Program Coordinator Janay Joyce-Ward, LCSW, at 312.227.3779.

To learn more about our Substance Use Program (launching Fall 2018) or to request an appointment, contact Program Coordinator Katie Greeley, LSW, at 312.227.3779.

Philanthropy

The establishment of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children’s was made possible, in part, through private contributions. Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of all of our patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7251.

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