Core Psychology Training Faculty

Nancy Beckman, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based psychological treatments to adults with comorbid mental health and medical conditions. She has particular interest in interventions to promote improved symptom management and quality of life among people with conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, obesity, and gastrointenstinal disorders. She also contributes to didactics and provides supervision for departmental trainees on outpatient therapy and health psychology cases.     

Lindsay Brauer, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., University of South Florida) is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the provision of cognitive-behavioral therapy to adults with mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.  Her research examines cognitive, affective, and motivational deficits underlying psychopathology, and the development of cognitive-behavioral interventions to address these deficits.  Dr. Brauer is actively involved in the clinical  and educational missions of the Department.

Tina Drossos, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology) is a pediatric psychologist on faculty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she co-directs the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service. Dr. Drossos specializes in consultation and liaison with pediatric medical services concerning the psychosocial needs of children and their families. She also provides diagnosis and intervention services in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, with particular expertise in treating mood and anxiety disorders using cognitive and behavioral interventions.

Joseph Fink, Ph.D., ABPP (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is a clinical neuropsychologist with interests in medical neuropsychology, the neurocognitive sequelae of electrical trauma, neuropsychological detection and characterization of neurodegenerative conditions, and investigation of various classes of memory disruption and their neural substrates. Dr. Fink is the director of the Department’s satellite neuropsychology clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart, IN, in addition to co-directing the neuropsychology component of the Memory Disorders Clinic.

Daniel J. Fridberg, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., Indiana University) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of chemical and behavioral addictions. He is a member of the Addiction, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders (ACID) clinic and also works closely with the Medicine’s liver transplant team.  Dr. Fridberg¹s research focuses on personality and neurocognitive mechanisms in substance use disorders, and how knowledge of those processes can inform novel intervention strategies. Dr. Fridberg provides training and supervision to medical residents and psychology interns in the provision of empirically supported treatments for addiction and comorbid psychopathology (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders).

Andrea Goldschmidt, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis) is ) is the Director of the Eating Disorders program and leader of the Psychology Team in the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity. Her research interests concern the etiology, psychosocial correlates, and treatment of pediatric binge eating and obesity. She has a particular interest in understanding the neurocircuitry underlying pathological eating in obesity and in developing novel treatments for pediatric eating and weight disorders.

Scott J. Hunter, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Neuroscience, & Pediatrics; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago) is the Director of Neuropsychology and Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service. His clinical practice and research emphasize the neuropsychological sequelae of developmental, medical, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents, specifically autism spectrum disorders, pediatric movement disorders, cancer, epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, and HIV/AIDS. He also consults on neurocognitive issues relevant to Pediatric Consultation-Liaison, and provides individual and family based interventions for pediatric behavioral and mood disorders, utilizing cognitive-behavioral, systems, and interpersonal modalities.

Sarah Keedy, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) is a licensed clinical psychologist who is primarily engaged in research activities on the cognitive neuroscience of major psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar disorder) and is specifically interested in the neurobiology and phenomenology of hallucinations. Dr. Keedy is also Associate Director of the Cognition Emotion Neuroscience Laboratory which provides support to other faculty working on EEG or fMRI clinical research studies.

Andrea King, Ph.D. (Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of addictions. Her research focuses on the biological and psychosocial factors involved in the predisposition to substance abuse, and in mechanisms of alcohol and drug reinforcement. Dr. King provides training and supervision in the use of empirically supported approaches to treating addictive behaviors. 

Maureen Lacy, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology) is a clinical neuropsychologist with interests in the cognitive aspects of neurologic diseases, with a special interest in caring for individuals with Hydrocephalus, brain tumors, Movement Disorders, and Epilepsy.  Dr. Lacy is primarily based at the Medical Center, where she sees referrals from Neurology, Psychiatry, Oncology, Primary Care, and Surgery.  She also co-directs the neuropsychology component of the Memory Disorders Clinic.

Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D. De Paul University Chicago) is a licensed clinical psychologist within the section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She provides evidence-based individual and family interventions for youth from diverse racial/ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds presenting with depression, anxiety, and disruptive behaviors.  Dr. Dinizulu specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents exposed to traumatic experiences, ranging from natural disasters to violence in the home or community. Her research is an extension of her clinical interests, which emphasizes developing and implementing community-based service delivery models to promote mental health and positive youth development for urban children and adolescents exposed to violence. 

Lisa Medalie, Psy.D., CBSM (Clinical Associate, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, Medicine & Pediatrics; Psy.D., Argosy University, Washington D.C.) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in adult and pediatric behavioral sleep medicine.  Her clinical work in the Sleep Disorders Center involves multidisciplinary patient care amongst as part of a team including pulmonary, neurology, and pediatric providers.  Dr. Medalie’s expertise is with patients suffering from insomnia and poor CPAP compliance.  Patients with nightmares, night eating, and inadequate sleep hygiene are also treated in her clinics.

Tracy Moran, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D. University of Iowa) is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in infant and perinatal mental health. Tracy practices a variety of evidenced based approaches to parent-child relationship assessment and treatment including Circle of Security, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.   She is also skilled in working with pregnant and postpartum parents using approaches such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Her research interests include the validation of measures of perinatal anxiety, depression, and parenting self-efficacy, as well as contextual influences on the provision of therapeutic services with families.

Megan Scott, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., George Mason University) has expertise in neurocognitive issues related to prematurity and low birth weight as well as learning disorders and ADHD. 

Amy Siston, Ph.D. (Clinical Associate, Psychiatry, Behavioral Neuroscience, & Medicine; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psychosocial oncology and behavioral medicine.  She collaborates with the Adult Consultation/Liaison service on assessment and treatment of psychosocial needs in patients with cancer and other hematological concerns.

Shona Vas, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago) is the Director of Clinical Psychology Training. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Vas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy modalities. Dr. Vas also has broad interests in health psychology. She consults to the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Service in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she provides brief evaluations and treatment for psychological distress associated with multiple miscarriages and fertility treatments. She also provides a psychological presence in the Section of Endocrinology’s Weight and Metabolism clinic where patients are evaluated and treated for behavioral factors that impact management of metabolic disease. Additional interests involve multicultural competence and the provision of culturally sensitive services in socially and ethnically diverse populations, as well as the development and administration of psychology training programs.