The University Of Chicago Stress, Trauma and Resilience (U-STAR) Program

The University of Chicago Stress, Trauma and Resilience (U-STAR) Program

U-STAR Program:  Under the supervision of Dr. Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, externs will receive training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents exposed to traumatic experiences.  Interns will be trained to use evidence-based protocols (e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and promote positive youth development, provide crisis intervention, consultation, and/or case management services. Interns will have opportunities to participate in local and/or national trauma coalitions/networks to: (1) receive advanced training in trauma assessment and treatment for youth, (2) access additional resources to support trauma-informed care, (3) participate on committees that influence policy, or (4) network and establish professional relationships.

The U-STAR Clinic offers a mixed outpatient load: Trauma and Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy, which includes up to a case load of 8-10 outpatients: 4-5 patients presenting with trauma and 4-5 patients presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, externalizing behavior problems, or adjustment disorders (see Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy).  If this rotation is selected, externs are expected to carry these patients for the full externship year.

In addition to U-STAR, externs will participate in a weekly (1/2 day) trauma assessment clinic called Recovery & Empowerment After Community Trauma (REACT) Clinic: Drs. Sonya Mathies Dinizulu and Seeba Anam  co-direct a weekly trauma-informed interdisciplinary assessment clinic for youth and families affected by community violence. Youth are identified by clinicians and staff within UCM Comer Children’s Hospital, and are referred to the REACT clinic to receive trauma-informed psychiatric and psychological assessments, which are used to inform treatment recommendations.  Youth and families served in this clinic must have at least a history of community violence.  Trainees will: (1) administer brief trauma-informed assessments to assess the impact of community violence on youth and families, (2) collaborate with psychiatry and pediatrics to provide trauma-informed case conceptualization and treatment recommendations, (3) provide feedback to youth and their family, (4) assist with developing best practices for REACT screening and assessment. Interns can also elect to participate in on-going research projects. 

All application materials for this program should be sent electronically to Dr. Sonya Mathies Dinizulu ( who may be contacted for questions about this training opportunity.  Materials must be received by November 16, 2018 for fullest consideration. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between 11/26/18 and 12/15/18, although review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Offers must be accepted or declined by 9 am on Monday 12/18/17. After this date, please check with Dr. Dinizulu to see if positions remain available.

Application materials should include:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly to Dr. Dinizulu at and addressed to:
    Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
    The University of Chicago
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
    Chicago, IL 60637