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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

5 Pillars: The Pathway to Improving the Delivery of Mental Health Services in Education
5 Pillars: The Pathway to Improving the Delivery of Mental Health Services in Education

The Kennedy Forum, mental health advocates and longstanding UI CDR partners, released a paper on 5 pillars to improving the delivery of mental health services in education.

Summit aims to decrease targeted violence

Federal, state and local government officials, along with representatives from the academic, nonprofit and private sectors, developed a blueprint for reducing targeted violence during a recent summit in Chicago, hosted by the UIC College of Medicine’s department of psychiatry and the Rutger

Marc Atkins PhD

Dr. Atkins is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also directs the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research. He is a recipient of numerous grants from the NIMH and private foundations in the areas of childhood ADHD and aggression and community mental health services for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. His work has examined new models for mental health practice in urban communities to address long-standing disparities in mental health care. He is a frequent consultant to the Chicago Public Schools, as well as the Illinois Division of Mental Health and the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Department of Health, on guidelines for school and community based mental health programs and practices.

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 at 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.