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Outpatient Psychiatry

Welcome to Psychiatry 

Rush University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in Chicago, Illinois, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs and services.
 Rush University Medical Center is home to nationally respected psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals whose research, discoveries and leading edge therapies are benefiting patients today.
Our experts collaborate to provide state of the art care informed by cutting edge research for all levels of service and to help guide patients through all stages of illness and recovery. Consultation and "second opinion" services regarding diagnoses and treatment options are also available.​

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Adrienne Adams, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Medical Director, and Fellowship Training Director.  She graduated from Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan, and completed both her General Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  Most recently Dr. Adams graduated from Rush University Graduate College with a Masters of Science in Clinical Research.  She is board certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Judith Badner, MD, graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1990 and completed her residency ay McLean Hospital in 1994. Following this she completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in 1998.​

David Banayan, MD, is an Assistant Professor of psychiatry. He graduated medical school from McMaster University School of Medicine, Canada and residency from the University of Toronto Hospitals in 2013. He completed a fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2014. He specializes and is certified in Somatic Medicine. 

Gail M. Basch, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is the director of the Rush Addictions Medicine Program.  She is a graduate from Chicago Medical School and is board certified in psychiatry. She is also certified in addictions medicine and spearheads our residents' training in this area. Dr. Basch directs a dual diagnosis program in the outpatient department and provides supervision to residents while they are on-call. 

Dr. Basch provides evaluation and treatment for individuals with a range of addictive disorders including alcoholism, drug abuse and dependence, compulsive gambling, internet addiction, compulsive shopping, overeating disorders and sexual addiction.


Rachel Breivald, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Breivald received her undergraduate degree in nursing at the Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago, and her Masters in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the Rush team, Ms. Breivald spent several years working in community mental health, treating the homeless with chronic mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.  Ms. Breivald has also served as a clinical instructor at both DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago mentoring prospective psychiatric nurses. Ms. Breivald’s areas of interest include mental health advocacy and education, and providing health care for the homeless and other underserved populations.

João Busnello, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and graduated from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.  Dr. Busnello completed his residency in Psychiatry at Federal Faculty Foundation of Medical Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brasil and he also completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Busnello specializes is in Adult Psychiatry and his area of interest is Mood Disorders.




Bezalel Dantz, MD, is the director of medical student education for the Department of Psychiatry and is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine. Dr. Dantz graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center - Internal Medicine; Psychiatry.

He teaches PGY-1 psychopathology and psychopharmacology at Rush and has won numerous teaching awards. He has expertise in the interface of psychiatry and medicine and has published on this topic. In addition, he supervises all PGY-2 residents in the outpatient clinic. 

Dr. Dantz specializes in Alcoholism, Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, Psychopharmacology, Psychopharmacology integrated with medical management, Psychosomatic problems, Psychosomatic problems, Psychosomatic problems, and Substance abuse treatment. 






Sheila Dowd, PhD, graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago, where she trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and specialized in health psychology. She then completed her internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Dowd is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Associate Director of both the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress and of the Residency Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. She leads the cognitive-behavioral therapy training of the residents and provides individual CBT supervision.

Dr. Dowd is also a highly experienced clinical researcher who works on research teams with Dr’s Pollack and Janicak.  Her clinical work focuses in the area of mood and anxiety disorders as well as health issues such as weight management.





Michael Easton, MD. is an assistant professor and Associate Attending at Rush University Medical Center. He completed his Medical Training at the University of Bologna, Italy and Chicago Medical School and went on to do his psychiatric residency at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Easton completed a fellowship in biopsychiatric research and psychopharmacology at University of Illinois and Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. In addition to his Board in Psychiatry he received added qualification in addiction psychiatry in 1994 as well as a certification in addition medicine in 1996. Dr Easton has over 15 years of research experience in the areas of psychopharmacology and addiction. He has numerous book chapters and research publications in his areas of expertise. Dr Easton has held a wide variety of clinical and administrative position at Rush University Medical Center over the past 20 years as well as having a thriving private practice. His main areas of interest at present are the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Schizophrenia, and individuals with co-morbid addiction.

Dr. Easton is the medical director of the acute inpatient unit at Rush University Medical Center as well as the Medical Director for Outpatient Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center Westgate location.

Jennifer Edidin, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with her doctorate in psychology. She completed her internship as the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2010 and also finished her Child Fellowship there in 2012. 

Fernando Espi Forcen, MD, PhD, ​is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He graduated Medical School from the University of Murica, Spain in 2005. He completed his residency at Metro Health Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center and went on to complete a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 

Benedict  L. Gierl, MD, is an Assistant Professor and a graduate of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1978. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and fellowship at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. His clinical expertise is in the areas of depression and anxiety in older adults and ECT with dementia patients. 

Corey Goldstein, MD, Instructor of Psychiatry, graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center.  He is board certified. 

Dr. Goldstein is the Medical Director of the Women’s Board Treatment Research Center. He is an expert in psychopharmacotherapy and has published and lectured on this topic.
He specializes in anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, complementary treatments, mental health, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder psychopharmacology and clinical research and psychotic disorders.


Cathleen Gould, MD, is the residency director for the general psychiatry residency program. Gould is a graduate of Rush Medical College and completed a preliminary year of residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center before entering a psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, where she also did a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Gould worked as an attending on McLean's Trauma Disorders Unit until her return to Rush in 2011. Since that time she has worked on Rush's psychiatry consultation/liaison service, supervised residents in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and maintained a clinic practice. 

Ira S Halper, MD, is a Board Certified psychiatrist who specializes in both cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychopharmacology. Dr. Halper is an Assistant  Professor of Psychiatry  and is the Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush. Dr. Halper received his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. His psychiatric residency was at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 Dr. Halper provides evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacologic treatment for a variety of disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, trichotillomania, and skin picking.


Kirk Harris, MD, graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center - Internal Medicine/Psychiatry. 

In addition to providing psychiatric consultation with the psychiatry/medicine service, he also integrates internal medicine and psychiatry in an Outpatient Geriatric Practice. 
He specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, delirium,
dementia, depressive disorders, older adults, interface of medical and psychiatric illness, medical treatment for psychiatric patients, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder,
psychopharmacology integrated with medical management,
psychotic disorders, schizophrenia and unexplained medical symptoms.


Ann Hartlage, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a graduate from Northwestern University. She provides evaluation and treatment for married and unmarried couples dealing with relationship problems.  

Dr. Hartlage specialized in Couples therapy, Erectile dysfunction, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, Premenstrual syndrome, Psychotherapy, Sexual dysfunction, Women's health, and Sexual intimacy.

Charles Hebert, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Rush University, graduated from Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. 

Dr. Herbert has joint appointments in the departments of internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University. In addition to being an attending psychiatrist on the psychiatry/medicine service, he is a hospitalist in internal medicine. Hebert is a gifted clinician and teacher who treats a wide array of emotional and behavioral problems that emerge in patients with medical, surgical, gynecologic and neurologic illness. His research interests include the impact that physical illness has on mental health and the relationship between resilience, social support, coping and emotional distress. He is also interested in the impact these factors can have on physiology and on the onset, course and outcome of medical disease. 

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Medical School in Champaign, Illinois.  He completed his General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University.  In addition he completed his PhD in Sociology at UIC-Urbana and a fellowship for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.​

Karoline Kowalczyk, LCSW, is a group and individual therapist, and coordinator of the Group Therapy Program.  Ms. Kowalczyk completed her graduate program in Social Work at the University of Chicago.  Prior to joining the Rush Family, she worked in community mental health and private practice.  Her areas of interest and expertise include anxiety, depression, stress management and sleep difficulties.

Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH, is The Stanley G. Harris Family Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Preventive Medicine.  His areas of interest and expertise include psychiatric epidemiology and sleep medicine.  He is the Principal Investigator for the Chicago site of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multicenter study of  menopause and aging in the U.S.  He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Aging) for the past two decades for research on depression, anxiety, and sleep.  He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Board Certified:                                                                                                                                                     1.American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, certified in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine

 2. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, certified in Psychiatry      

  Graduated from: 

1.    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O., 1976)
2.    University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (M.P.H., 1992)
1.    Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Psychiatry
1.    Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Psychosomatics & Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
1.    Psychiatry
2.    Sleep Medicine


Rachel Loftin, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center specializing in Autism spectrum disorder and behavior managemant and therapy. Dr. Loftin completed her internship and fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine in Developmental disorders.

Eileen Martin, PhD, is a Professor at Rush University Medical Center graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her internship here at Rush studying Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Martin's clinical expertise is in Addiction and Neuropsychology. She leads multiple research studies and is considered a groundbreaker among her peers.

Mark Pollack, MD, is the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College. Pollack's primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, including their neurobiology, psychopathology and treatment. He has been a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, program leader for traumatic stress at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology and chief medical officer of the Red Sox Foundation-MGH Home Base Program for Veterans. Pollack also is editor-in-chief of the journal CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics and co-edited "Challenges in Clinical Practice: Pharmacologic and Psychosocial Strategies," "Panic Disorder and Its Treatment," "Social Phobia: Research and Practice" and "Ten Minute CBT." He received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and completed his residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General, where he had spent his career until coming to Rush.​

William A. Scheftner, MD, Associate Professor in Psychiatry, graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is board certified in Psychiatry. 

Dr. Scheftner specializes in bipolar disorder, treatment refractory
depression, mood disorders, electroconvulsive therapy,
psychopharmacology and electroconvulsive therapy. Dr. Scheftner's research interests include course and outcome of mood disorders, genetics of mood disorder and psychopharmacology.



Robert Shulman, MD, is Vice-Chair and Director of clinical services for the Department of Psychiatry. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Shulman specializes in dementia and degenerative disease, mood disorder, ADHD and depression.  He directs one of the inpatient clinical teams for the residents and medical students.


Amer Smajkic, MD, is an graduate of University of Sarajevo Faculty of Medicine, Bosnia. He completed Residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center and a Child Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His clinical expertise is in the treatment of childhood disorder. 

Sandra Swantek, MD, graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Psychiatry and her fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.  She is board certified in Psychiatry, Neurology and Geriatric Psychiatry.
Dr. Swantek, specializes in adjustment disorders,  behavior management and therapy, bipolar disorder, cognitive decline and impairment, delirium, dementia and degenerative disease,
depressive disorders, older adults, medical decision making, memory disorders, mental health, older adults and psychiatric supervision of mental health professionals.

John M. Zajecka, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center in Psychiatry.  Dr. Zajecka is board certified in Neurology and Psychiatry.

Dr. Zajecka is the Director of the Women's Board Treatment Research Unit. He has published numerous articles and given countless lectures around the world on psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders. He also teaches the residents who rotate on the treatment research unit and lectures about psychopharmacology in the General Psychiatry Lecture Series and mood disorders in our annual Chicago Psychiatry Boards Review Course.



Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Services: The Adult Inpatient Units at Rush are devoted to treating adult patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders, including mood disorders and psychotic disorders.

Adult Psychiatric Outpatient Services: Program provides expert diagnostic and specialty treatment services for a range of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and addictions. State of the art and innovative treatment modalities are provided including pharmacotherapy, individual, group and marital/family therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Specialty Services

AARTS Program: The AARTS Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, provides a list of resources - including services and support - for children and families affected by autism and related disorders to improve their development and quality of life.
Addiction Medicine Program: The program's multidisciplinary team collaborates to develop individualized treatment plans for patients suffering from conditions such as the following:alcoholism, compulsive gambling or shopping, dependency on licit or illicit drugs, eating disorders and sexual addiction.
Anxiety and Mood Disorder Program: This program is led by our chairman, Mark Pollack, MD, at the Westgate Building and includes Assistant Chairman Robert Shulman, MD, Michael Easton, MD, William Scheftner, MD, Sheila Dowd, PhD, Jeffrey Rado, MD, and Than Thai, MD. The program provides evaluation, treatment and consultation in mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related disorders.
Bipolar Clinic: The clinic evaluates and treats individuals with bipolar disorder or bipolar spectrum illnesses. The clinic provides quality medication management and consultation services to those individuals diagnosed with this disorder.
Center for Women's Behavioral and Mental Health: Treats a variety of issues specific to women including pregnancy and parenting concerns, reproductive or sexual health issues, recovery from physical or sexual violence, and stress management.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit: The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Rush University Medical Center provides compassionate comprehensive assessment, therapeutic and educational services to children and adolescents exhibiting emotional or behavioral disturbances.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program: The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program at Rush, provides evaluation and treatment to help young people address and overcome emotional and behavioral problems.
Cognitive Therapy: The Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center pioneered the combined use of cognitive therapy and pharmacologic treatment. Cognitive therapy continues to be a major treatment modality at Rush, both for inpatients and for outpatients.
Depression Treatment & Research Center: The Woman's Board Depression Treatment & Research Center at Rush University Medical Center provides through its clinical research program, innovative medical treatment that is generally not available in conventional psychiatric practice.
Geriatric Psychiatry Program: The Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is dedicated to helping older adults address issues such as loneliness, isolation, coping with the loss of a loved one, debilitating injury or illness so they will be able to maintain quality of life with family and friends.
Marital and Sex Therapy Program:  A healthy relationship requires a balance between a couple’s sexual relationship and their emotional connection. For some, a happy sex life is the first thing to suffer when relationship problems arise. For others, it is the last remaining bond a couple can share when all else fails. Couples sex counseling can help you return to your desired level of emotional and sexual intimacy.
Psychiatry and Medicine: This program provides compassionate and leading-edge interventions for patients receiving care on non-psychiatric inpatient units with emotional, neuropsychiatric or cognitive problems that are caused or exacerbated by medical, surgical, neurological, obstetrical or gynecological conditions

Rush Day Hospital:
The Rush Day Hospital (RDH) in Chicago, Illinois, is an intensive group-based program which offers partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP) & group therapy during day & evening hours. RDH programs provide individualized treatment within a dynamic treatment environment.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TherapyTranscranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be tried when other depression treatments haven't worked.
Veterans Road Home Program: Rush has established the Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and their Families. The program was founded by Rush's Outpatient Psychiatry Chairman, Mark Pollack and is led by, Naval Reservist and National Guard veteran, William Beiersdorf. The center will address the full range of challenges facing veterans suffering from trauma-induced disorders and injuries, as well as the unique needs of family members.   The Road Home Program will offer peer-to-peer outreach, service navigation and training, child and family counseling and public awareness programming. The center is scheduled to open March 10, 2014. For more information, please call 312-563-6654.
Women's Mental Health Treatment Program: This program, led by Alison Reminick, MD, provides clinical expertise working with mental health issues in women, including mood and anxiety difficulties during pregnancy and post-partum, medication use during pregnancy and while breast feeding and difficulties related to childbirth, infertility, menopause, breast/ovarian/uterine cancers, abortion, domestic violence, parenting and adoption.


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1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Westgate Building
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 563-6637
Fax: (312) 942-4224
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Outpatient Psychiatry--West Campus
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5375
Fax: (312) 942-3113
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Rush University Senior Care
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 955
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-2400
Fax: (312) 942-8153
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Adult Inpatient
1650 W Harrison Street
Kellogg Building
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5103
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Affective Disorders Inpatient Unit
710 S. Paulina St.
Jelke Building
8 North
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-MOOD (6663)
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Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit
1625 W Harrison Street
Kellogg Building
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5437
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Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit
710 S. Paulina St.
Jelke Building
8 South
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-7046
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Rush Oak Park Hospital
610 S. Maple Ave.
Oak Park, Illinois 60304
Phone: 708-383-9300
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Rush Ambulatory Behavioral Health
1700 W. Van Buren St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612-3291
Phone: (312) 942-5015
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