UI CDR brings research-informed behavioral health care from the clinic to the community where it is needed most. While many community-based programs work with vulnerable populations, UI CDR draws on a longstanding history of being a part of the community it serves. From training residents to be mental health paraprofessionals to providing health care for uninsured families, UI CDR has a mandate to treat populations that have nowhere else to turn. Those individuals, who are economically disadvantaged, with the most significant barriers, limited resources, and severe health conditions can turn to UI CDR for the answers they need.

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A Conceptual Framework for Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health
A Conceptual Framework for Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health

A number of recent developments have begun pointing the way toward a new approach to children’s mental health in the United States. Belief in the need for a new approach is fueled by concern about overburdened health care systems, high costs, and fragmented approaches to children’s mental health.

Doctor with baby
Illinois DocAssist, a virtual psychiatric consultancy based at UIC, helps primary care physicians meet their patients mental health needs

There is a 15 minute window to solve a riddle. Physical symptoms aren’t adding up. The waiting room is packed with sniffling children and anxious parents.

Almost Sunrise
UI Center on Depression & Resilience partners with the UIC Student Veterans Association for documentary film screening

Suicide among veterans has reached epidemic proportions. In fact, more veterans die to suicide than combat.

Growing Up In Poverty Could Affect Brain Functioning In Adulthood

Stress and poverty experienced during childhood could have a negative impact on the ability to regulate emotions in adulthood, according to a small new study.

Childhood Poverty’s Effect on Adult Psychology

A recent psychological study entitled “Effects of childhood poverty and chronic stress on regulatory brain function in adulthood” has concluded that childhood poverty and chronic stress exposure are linked to the ability to regulate emotions in adulthood.

As Cuba-US Relations Thaw, Potential Medical Advances Grow

Recent US steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba after 5 decades may open doors in both countries to medical advances.

Cuban cancer vaccine to be tested in U.S. sparks a new scientific bond

A landmark agreement to allow an American cancer institute to begin testing a lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba could be the start of a renewed medical research relationship between the two countries.

Public health, urban planning team up
Public health, urban planning team up

Public health researcher studies the relationship between community environment and physical activity. 

Kids in the playground
U of I to test medical model for poor children on the South and West

The University of Illinois is receiving a $19.6 million federal grant to test a medical care model that focuses on poor children and young adults with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

How Local Law Enforcement Uses Community Policing to Combat Terrorism

Adopting a community policing model is a necessary reform to better protect and serve communities at risk for radicalization. Many of those communities are comprised of immigrants and refugees from countries where the police were feared and citizens learned to turn away.

Marc S. Atkins PhD

Dr. Atkins is a licensed clinical psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and past Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He developed and led the internship in clinical psychology for the Department of Psychiatry for two decades and has mentored numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on career development awards and postdoctoral fellowships. He currently directs the Community Engagement and Collaboration core for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the NIMH and private foundations examining new models for mental health practice in urban communities to address long-standing disparities in mental health care for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. He currently is Co-PI with Dr. Tara Mehta on a grant from the NIMH studying community health worker navigation into mental health services for urban children and families. He is active in public policy, including as a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois Division of Mental Health, and the Illinois State Board of Education on guidelines for school and community based mental health programs and practices, and to Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Cook County Circuit Court on behavioral health programming for Restorative Justice Courts.

Robin Mermelstein PhD

Robin Mermelstein, PhD. is Distinguished Professor, Psychology Department, Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), and Co-Director of UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  Dr. Mermelstein has been active in health-behavior research for over 25 years, with continuous NIH funding as a Principal Investigator on grants since 1986. Dr. Mermelstein’s research focuses on understanding the development of health-compromising and health-promoting behaviors and developing interventions to reduce health risks. Much of her work has focused on the role of mood regulation in the development, progression, and change in tobacco use behaviors in adolescents and young adults.