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Anne Brody, PsyD

Interim Director, Student Counseling

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BSS, Special Studies, Cornell College, Mt Vernon, Iowa;  PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago; Clinical Internship, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL

Professional Interests: Individual and couple psychotherapy with students struggling with a wide range of emotional/psychological problems; working with severe psychiatric disorders as well as milder “problems of living” dilemmas; supervision of doctoral/post-doctoral trainees in clinical psychology and psychiatric residents in psychiatry.  Anne is a member of the SCS leadership team with responsibilities that include the supervision of the SCS clinical staff. 

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the Humanities Division and Social Sciences Division

Carina Bauer, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling Psychology from Adler University; Internship at University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

Professional interests: Eating disorders and body image, relational issues, self-esteem and identity development, anxiety and mood disorders, perfectionism, grief and loss, couples counseling and supervision and training.

Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, barre classes, and trying new restaurants in the city.

Languages Spoken: English

David Berrier

David Berrier, MD

Chief Psychiatrist

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BA from Grinnell College; MD from Rush University Medical College; Residency in General Psychiatry from Northwestern University.

Professional Interests: Student and emerging adult mental health, adult outpatient psychiatry, medical education in psychiatry, adult inpatient and emergency psychiatry, biomedical ethics

Personal Interests: Fitness, nature, Chicago culture/dining, and graphic novels

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) 

Jessica Bychawski

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and the History of Art. Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Professional Interests: Supporting the recovery of students diagnosed with mental health conditions and providing psychoeducation to students and loved ones. Linking students to resources on and off campus, and working through barriers to resources. Working with family, faculty, and staff to increase awareness of mental health conditions and to fight stigma associated with diagnosis and treatment. Utilizing the Wellness Recovery Action Plan model to increase personal insight into symptoms and allow students to take a leading role in their treatment. Approaching student care from a systems perspective with a focus on the promotion of social justice, inclusion, and cultural competence.

Personal Interests: Exploring art in Chicago, going to the lake, kayaking, bird watching, true crime, and spending time with family and friends.

Languages Spoken: English, conversational Polish

Alexandria Davis, RN, PMHNP

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology from Northwestern University; MSN and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP from University of Illinois at Chicago; Clinical Practicum at University of Illinois at Chicago–Institute for Juvenile Research/ Adult Psychiatry Evaluation Clinic

Professional Interests: Adolescent/young adult mental health, culturally informed mental health care, medication management

Personal Interests: Music, family, food, TV/film, travel

Languages Spoken: English

AJ Deloney

A.J. Deloney, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BLS from the University of Iowa; MSW from Loyola University Chicago; Clinical Internships at Streetwise Magazine and the Jesse Brown VA.

Professional Interests: Working with highly functional as well as high acuity individuals; providing case management to students; providing psychotherapy for a wide range of emotional/psychological issues including academic and/or life stressors as well as cultural and relationship challenges.

Personal Interests: Photography, listening to live music, having a good meal, and enjoying family time. 

Languages Spoken: English

Kim Garza

Project Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: MLIS from Drexel University

Professional Interests: Student Mental Health Administration and Library and Information Science

Personal Interests: Reading, bike riding, and taking dance lessons

Languages Spoken: English

Erin Hurst, MD

Staff Psychiatrist; Coordinator of Psychiatry Training

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA and MD from Northwestern University; Psychiatry Residency at University of Illinois Chicago; Fellowship in University Student Mental Health at University of Chicago. 

Professional Interests: In her work with students, Dr. Hurst feels strongly that medical decision making should be an inherently collaborative process and she prides herself on her efficiency and directness. Dr. Hurst incorporates Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques into medication management as indicated and applicable. Dr. Hurst has also served on the university-wide Veteran’s Task Force.

Personal Interests: knitting, theater, time with family and friends

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to Pritzker School of Medicine

Monica R. Jackson, PhD

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: B.S. from Howard University, M.Div., and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University; Clinical Psychology Internship at University of Nevada Las Vegas Student Counseling and Psychological Services.

Professional Interests: Providing a safe and compassionate space for individuals to be valued and heard; individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, and outreach; support students’ holistic mental health and well-being including anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, family, life-transitions, medical/health-related, and minority/ underrepresented-related stressors that may impact students’ life and academics; self-esteem, identity development, career issues; religious, spiritual, and existential concerns; multicultural and intersecting identities; and relational difficulties; working with students and groups including, first-generation students, students of color/BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ identified individuals; and integrating various affirming and multicultural treatment approaches; person-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion, humanistic, advocacy, positive psychology, strengths-based, self-compassion, trauma-informed care, and interpersonal therapeutic approaches.

Personal Interests: Traveling especially internationally; exploring cultural events, foods, and various museums, reading; relaxing at lakes/oceans and going on retreats; spending quality time with familyand friends; learning new things; and watching comedy, mystery, and action TV shows/movies; volunteering with outreach and advocacy organizations on national and international levels.

Languages Spoken: English

Sumin Kim

Art Therapy Extern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: Third-year MA Candidate in Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA with concentrations in Designed Object and Illustration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Certification in Mental Health First Aid USA and Search Inside Yourself Program

Clinical internship completed at Advocate Children’s Hospital

Professional Interests: Expressive arts therapy, Therapeutic art, Recreation therapy, Sensory therapy, Play therapy, Collaborative treatment; Students: BIPOC; LGBTQIA+; International; Eating concerns; Anxiety; Grief; Trauma (systemic oppression and racism, generational, and historical); Identity; Strengths; Belonging; Community; Community health; Campus outreach

Personal Interests: Making beaded jewelry and rugs, exploring new art materials and techniques including learning how to build virtual reality and designing toys, punch needle, clay art, participating in exhibitions as an artist, walking, reading, travel and backpacking, spending time with my loved ones and plants, watching Korean TV shows and American stand-up comedy shows

Languages spoken: English, Korean

Emily Knotek

Emily Knotek, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of the Trauma Team

Education: BA in Psychology, Spanish minor from The University of Dayton; MA and Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship at University of South Florida, Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis. 

Professional Interests: Trauma, eating disorders and body image, anxiety and mood disorders, identity development and adjustment issues, diversity issues and providing culturally-informed care, facilitating exploration of relational patterns and family of origin issues, perfectionism, grief and loss.  Utilizing psychodynamic, relational, and multicultural approaches to psychotherapy. 

Personal interests: fitness, travel/culture, foreign languages, music and dance, animal lover

Languages spoken: English

Liaison to Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support

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Chih-Ying Liu, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BBA in International Business and BA in Sociology from National Taiwan University, Taiwan; MSW from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Professional Interests: Providing trauma and culturally informed care through a collaborative, strength-based approach. Supporting the recovery of students with mental health concerns through psychoeducation, case management, psychotherapy, removal of barriers, and addressing stigma.

Personal Interests: Traveling, walking, exploring neighborhoods, eating out, reading, yoga, and meditation

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

Yu-Yun Liu, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of Eating Concerns Assessment and Services

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Chinese Literature, National Central University, Taiwan; MEd in School Counseling, Purdue University; PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville; Clinical Internship at University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center

Professional Interests: Disordered eating and body image; cultural adjustment of international students; intersecting identities of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation; anxiety/stress management; relationship issues; group therapy; clinical training and supervision

Personal Interests: Eating, traveling, gardening, watching movies and musicals, and spending time with friends and family

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

Angela Mahome, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Education: BA in Philosophy from Spelman College; MD from Medical College of Georgia; Residency in General Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Chicago

Professional Interests:  Student and emerging adult mental health; psychoeducation; culturally informed mental health care; medication management of ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and other psychiatric illnesses.

Personal Interests: fashion, art, writing, and attending professional football games.

Languages Spoken: English                                  

Robin Mathew, APN, PMHNP

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BS from Northern Illinois University and MSN-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Professional Interests: Young-adult mental health, collaborative care-approach model, and culturally informed mental health care.

Personal Interest: Graphic novels, horror/weird fiction, film, music, and trying new foods.

Languages Spoken: English

John McPherrin

John McPherrin, PsyD

Staff Psychologist; Coordinator of Psychology Training

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BA, DePaul University; PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Research Center

Professional Interests: Supporting gender-expansive students, as well as students who identify as gay, lesbian and bisexual; providing culturally and racially aware psychotherapy; working with low-income and first generation college students; doing couples therapy;  treating sexual dysfunction and childhood trauma, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse; supervising and training psychology trainees; utilizing and teaching humanistic approaches to psychotherapy. 

Personal Interests: Traveling the U.S., watching Netflix, gardening, hiking, and eating

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the Chicago Booth School of Business

Khanh Nghiem, PhD

Staff Psychologist and Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

BS in Psychology with minor in Biology from Oklahoma State University; MS in Cognitive Psychology from University of Florida; PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of Florida; Clinical Internship at Ball State University

Professional Interests:
Multicultural therapy and advocacy; diversity and social justice;  supporting undocumented immigrant students, refugee students, first-generation students, and students of color; intersectionality of identities and cultural identity development; suicide prevention/crisis intervention; trauma; adjustment and transition; family of origin issues; relationship issues; performance and sports psychology; outreach, training, and supervision

Personal Interests:
visiting aquariums, gardening, drinking bubble tea, traveling, trying different foods/restaurants, cooking shows

Language Spoken:  English, Vietnamese

Jacqueline Pardo, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA from Yale University; MD from University of Chicago; Residency in Pediatrics, University of Chicago; Residency in Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago; Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Chicago

Professional Interests: Emerging Adult mental health; emerging adult development and wellbeing; adjustment to college and graduate school; medical Illness in young adults; first generation and international students; problems with inattention; anxiety, depression and mood disorders; ADHD, OCD.

Personal Interests:  Fitness, music, travel, spending time with family and friends.

Languages Spoken: English, German, French

Deborah Pratt

Administrative Director for Student Counseling; Co-Coordinator of Let's Talk

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Human Development (Psychology)

Professional Interests: Identifying and implementing processes that enable mental health clinicians to work effectively with the fewest number of administrative challenges; student wellness; suicide prevention research (formerly Editorial Asst., Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior)

Personal Interests: Gardening, social justice work, reading, crossword puzzles, and laughing with friends and family

Languages Spoken: English

Samantha Ryland

Sam Ryland, PsyD, they/them

Staff Psychologist, AOD Coordinator

Pronouns: They/Them

Education: BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University; MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling and Addictions from Lewis and Clark College; PsyD in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University; Clinical Internship at Carnegie Mellon University Counseling and Psychological Services; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago Student Counseling Services

Professional Interests: Working with LGBQ+ and gender-expansive clients, sexual health and embodiment (incl. kink, disability, and diverse bodies), alcohol and substance use concerns, self-compassion work, trauma issues, navigating relationships (traditional/nontraditional), and family of origin dynamics. I identify as a trauma-informed, fat-positive, sex-positive, kink-friendly, and poly-affirming therapist.

Personal Interests: Reading, video games, drawing/painting, photography, spending time with my adorable cat

Languages Spoken: English

Tab Shamsi, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Academic Skills Assessment Program

Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from Adler University; Internship at University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago Student Counseling Service.

Professional interests: Evidence-based approaches for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, academic and career issues, mindfulness and meditation, working with international students, issues related to cultural identity, existential concerns, group psychotherapy, stress management, supervision and training.

Personal interests: Music, dog training, astronomy

Languages Spoken: English

Richard Shepherd, LCSW

Crisis Intervention Counselor

Education: BA, Psychology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; MSW, University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work, Chicago; Clinical Internship at the University of Illinois, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Chicago, IL

Professional Interests: Encouraging students to consider all aspects of growth in their lives that lead to better balance between academic and personal development. Through thoughtful consideration of immediate and stressful circumstances, students can receive needed insight and assistance to bridge the gap between problems and solutions. A supportive approach coupled with cognitive behavioral strategies and principles of mindfulness form the basis of treatment.

Personal Interests: Gardening and nature, bicycling, inspiration through art and meditation

Languages Spoken: English

Advisor to The Active Minds chapter of the University of Chicago

Amanda Slawter, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA from James Madison University in Psychology; MSW from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Interests: Working collaboratively with individuals across the lifespan with a wide range of mental health conditions. Primary Care Behavioral Health integration. Providing brief, solution-focused therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing and CBT-I. Providing compassionate care and psychoeducation to individuals and their families and helping them navigate the often complex mental health system and connect to resources. Working with individuals who are experiencing adjustment difficulties, anxiety and depression, sleep difficulties/insomnia, ADHD, academic and career issues, and eating concerns.

Personal Interests: Hiking; spending time with my family and two cats; trying new restaurants in the city, especially different styles of pizza!

Languages Spoken: English

Alexandra Todorova

Alexandra Todorova, PhD

Staff Psychotherapist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Developmental Psychology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; PhD in Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research, NYC; Clinical Pre-Doctoral Internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia; Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago

Jerome Wilczynski

Jerome Wilczynski, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BMus in Viola Performance from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; MA in Theology from Catholic Theological Union at Chicago; PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship, Lake Forest College Counseling Center; Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, St James Hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Professional Interests: Individual therapy for depressive and anxiety conditions, as well as adjustment reactions to the gamut of life circumstances; interpersonal process group therapy; couples therapy; client-centered therapy; multicultural informed therapy; working with persons that are gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender fluid identifying; religious and/or spiritual issues in therapy; psychological reactions to medical conditions; working with those with serious mental disorders; and supervising psychotherapy trainees.

Personal Interests: Modern interpretations of religious faith that do not forsake a scientific worldview; movies of all sorts, with an interest in those that are gay themed (foreign and domestic), vampire themed movies/TV shows; TV series such as Breaking Bad or Downtown Abbey; eating out, spending quality time and laughing with friends and family; and above all, spending time with his husband.

Languages Spoken: English

Jie Zhu, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology from Ohio State University; MS and PsyD in Clinical Psychology with Psychodynamic Concentration from Nova Southeastern University; Clinical Internship at the Hamilton-Madison House in New York City, Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Professional Interests: Working with immigrants and international students/multicultural issues, identity development, supporting LGBTQIA+ identified individuals, working with students with neuro-diversities, relationship conflicts, and counseling in Mandarin. Using psychodynamic theories as the foundation of clinical work, Valuing and respecting the dynamic unfolding in the therapeutic relationship, integrating various treatment modalities depending on the needs of the visiting students, including interpersonal approach, cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness.

Personal Interests: Rocking climbing/bouldering indoor and outdoor, spending time with my wife and cats, video games, movies, outdoor sports

Languages spoken: English, Mandarin

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