UI CDR pushes the edge of what is possible.

We help teachers to better manage disruptive classrooms, make the wounds of PTSD visible, and search for signs of depression in the blood stream. We are committed to new strategies, new treatments, novel approaches to the most vexing mental health issues of our time.

UI CDR is making this happen. We reorganized departments, research centers, and clinical groups across campus to make this a reality. We are networked with likeminded centers throughout the country who share this same vision to realize tomorrow’s medicine today. 

Thinking creatively about pioneering solutions has a long running history at UIC. Our Department of Psychiatry contributed to over a century of firsts: the first children’s guidance center, the first community-based approaches to psychology, the first electroencephalogram (EEG), and the first use of meta-analysis as a tool to pool scientific data.

Today, UI CDR is keeping this legacy alive through a commitment to pioneering research. From technology based interventions—smart phones, websites, text messaging, tablets—that provide an alternative to the traditional clinical model to training physicians, social workers, midwives, teachers, coaches, attendees, and others to provide frontline mental health opportunities. UI CDR pushes the edge of what is possible.



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Family chaos, depression impact asthma control in children

A chaotic family life is detrimental to health outcomes for children with severe asthma, new research shows. These were the results of a new study led by Dr. Sally Weinstein, Associate Director of the UICDR and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, UIC College of Medicine, published in a recent issue of Pediatrics (click here for the study)

A Fitbit for Your Brain

The UI Center on Depression and Resilience-Digital Mental Health Initiative’s development of artificial intelligence apps are revolutionizing the digital mental health industry, empowering patients and addressing the nation’s mental health crisis.

Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Child and Family-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

BiAffect featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published a story on BiAffect, the phone app designed to predict and monitor manic and depressive episodes. Dr. Alex Leow and Dr.

Alex Leow and Dean Nelson
UIC App Designed to Track Bipolar Disorder Wins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Mood Challenge for Research Kit

Doctor Alex Leow, associate professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and associate professor of bioengineering and computer science, and Peter Nelson, professor of computer science and dean of the UIC College of Engineering, discussed their award-winning app, BiAffect, on Chicago To

New Book Raises Suicide Awareness For UI CDR

An emotionally riveting memoir from local author Ally Golden, 

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Discover Magazine ranks its Top #100 science stories each year.

Animated Video on Clinical Depression is a Tool for Outreach

Depression is among the most common mental health conditions affecting young adults. In a 2015 survey of 43,210 undergraduate students across 72 U.S.

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Executives’ Club of Chicago Nominates UI CDR as “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR”

UI CDR is honored to be nominated for Executives’ Club of Chicago “Innovator of the Year” award. 

Alcohol Stops Brain from Interpreting Social Cues
Alcohol Stops Brain from Interpreting Social Cues

Alcoholics fail to communicate with people because their brains don't interpret social cues, a new study has found. Researchers said that long-term alcohol exposure can break communication between two areas of the brain that work together to interpret social signals.

Mark Rasenick PhD

Dr. Rasenick’s work has focused on G protein signaling in the nervous system and the relationship of neurotransmitter activation to rapid modification of the cytoskeleton.

Alex Leow MD PhD

Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.