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About the Intensive Outpatient Program Team

Below, our Intensive Outpatient Program specialists share a little bit about themselves and their role within the program.

Kelly W. Lowry, PhD

Director, Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Lowry oversees clinical and administrative activities within PHP and IOP. In addition, she supervises the psychiatry fellows, psychology interns and acute care staff. Dr. Lowry may also serve as a primary therapist and lead group sessions for children and parents. Any questions or concerns regarding PHP or IOP can be directed to her.

Dr. Lowry received her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida and completed my clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children's). Dr. Lowry’s clinical and research interests include treating children, adolescents, and families in short-term intensive treatment settings; and the intersection between medical and behavioral health. She is committed to helping train the next generation of healthcare providers in evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing and present nationally on these topics.

Dr. Lowry is the Education Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Acute, Inpatient, and Residential Service Special Interest Group in the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Lowry enjoys spending time with friends and family, jogging, cooking, listening to live music and travel.

Meagan McCarver, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Intensive Outpatient Program

Meagan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Intensive Outpatient Program in the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Meagan has experience working at Lurie Children's Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Emergency Department aiding in crisis intervention, psychotherapy with children and adults in private practice settings, and working with children and adults with cognitive, development, and physical disabilities in recreational summer camps and therapeutic day schools. Meagan graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work from Valparaiso University and a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.

Through a variety of experiences, she upmost enjoys being a clinician to engage and grow in relationships with others. Meagan wants to help children and families finding balance in each aspect of their lives whether that be physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Meagan sees a holistic view of each person and find great privilege in others sharing their story with her. Meagan hopes to help your child and family restore and enhance their capacity for social functioning during their experience here at Lurie Children’s IOP. When she is not seen running group therapy or sessions at Lurie Children’s IOP, she enjoys being outdoors, exploring and trying new restaurants in the city, and still devoted to being social as she loves spending time with her friends and family.

Lorie Lavigne, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Intensive Outpatient Program

Lorie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lorie obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Marquette University and her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. She has been at Lurie Children's since 2018 and, prior to joining the IOP team, she worked in a variety of psychiatric settings including the Emergency Department, Inpatient Unit and Trauma Treatment Services Team.

Lorie’s goal as a therapist is to work collaboratively with children, adolescents and their families so that they feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives. In her practice, she feels strongly about the importance of utilizing goal setting, challenging and reframing negative thought patterns and learning new skills to manage distressing emotions that may be hindering one’s quality of life. Lorie looks forward to working with you in IOP and supporting you in your wellness journey.

Krista Perez, CTRS

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Intensive Outpatient Program

As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Krista facilitates Recreational Therapy (RT) sessions within the Intensive Outpatient Program. Krista’s Recreation Therapy sessions are designed to fit the structure of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents Model used throughout the program. Krista reintroduces leisure activities to patients to help teach behavioral activation to create a positive emotion and desire to participate in that positive leisure activity again. Her sessions may also be designed as exposure sessions using games and physical activities to heighten emotions within the individual so they can continue practicing the skills they are learning in IOP.

Krista attended Illinois State University where she studied Kinesiology and Recreation with a focus in Recreation Therapy. Krista completed her recreation therapy internship at Lurie Children’s in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. Once completed, she worked as a milieu therapist on both units offering support to group leaders, helping patients express their feelings and cover RT groups. Krista went on and started her own Recreation Therapy Program at Plena Mind Center for children and adolescences focusing on mood disorders and traumas. Krista’s sessions were primarily individual intervention based were we heavily focused on coping using painting, drawing, music and modeling clay. During her free time she loves participating in yoga, painting and live music.

Shelby Romano, BA

Program Coordinator, Intensive Outpatient Program

As the Program Coordinator, Shelby helps support many aspects of the Intensive Outpatient Program. Shelby is the primary contact person for new referrals and general information. She meets with new parents to complete consent forms and answer any questions they may have regarding the program. Shelby provides support during Recreation Therapy Sessions, which she really enjoys spending time, getting to work with our patients.

Shelby attended Southern Illinois University where she studied Healthcare Management. She is currently enrolled at National Louis University, working on her Masters in Business Administration with a focus in healthcare. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Shelby worked at Rush University Medical Center for a little over two years. During that two-year mark, she realized she wanted to work for a pediatric focused organization which brought her to Lurie Children’s. Prior to accepting her current role as the Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator, she worked in Outpatient Services, where she formed a passion for providing support within Psychiatry. When Shelby is not at Lurie Children’s, she enjoys spending her time taking her dog on a long walk, yoga, traveling to new places, crossing restaurants or hiking spots off her ever long to-do list and socializing with her friends or family.