Brad Stolbach, PhD, Director
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Brad Stolbach, PhD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UChicago Medicine (UCM). Dr. Stolbach directs the UCM REACT Program, a Community Treatment & Services Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) established in 2016 for pediatric patients and families affected by community violence. He serves as the Clinical Director of Healing Hurt People – Chicago (HHP-C), a hospital-based violence intervention program that he co-directs with The Rev. Carol Reese of the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Stolbach has devoted his career to ensuring that African American children, families, and communities in racially and economically segregated areas have access to services that promote trauma recovery. He has worked with traumatized children and families for over 30 years, including 18 years at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, where he co-founded and ran the Chicago Child Trauma Center. Since 2009, Dr. Stolbach has served as the Midwest region lead technical advisor in the NCTSN’s Complex Trauma Treatment Network. He has conducted research on complex trauma in urban African American children, links between poverty and trauma, and developmental trauma in the lives of youth affiliated with armed groups. Dr. Stolbach was the 2015 University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative Faculty Fellow, piloting Project FIRE (Fearless Initiative for Recovery & Empowerment), a program for youth injured by violence that combines glassblowing/glass arts education, mentoring, employment, and trauma psychoeducation.
Seeba Anam, MD, REACT Clinic Co-Director
Seeba Anam, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is especially interested in diagnosing and treating pediatric patients with neuropsychiatric conditions, including affective disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In her research work, Dr. Anam examines the effects of cultural factors on the manifestation of internalizing and externalizing psychiatric disorders in the child and adolescent population.
Sonya Mathies Dinizulu (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago) is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist. 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.
Claudia Rose, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor
Claudia Rose is a clinical social worker trained in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has worked for over twenty years as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and consultant for traumatized children and families, largely through contracts with DCFS and Cook County Juvenile Probation. She worked for years as a Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago’s Academic Research Centers, and also launched a child and adolescent grief/loss outpatient psychotherapy clinic providing school and community-based clinical services. She has served as the Chicago director of, and provides psychotherapy through, A Home Within, a national network of volunteer mental health professionals providing pro-bono psychotherapy for foster children.
Yael Hoffman, MSW, MPH, Project Manager
Yael Hoffman is a public health social worker with seventeen years of experience in project management, grant writing and clinical social work. Her areas of expertise include: grant and program design, fiscal and program monitoring, budget development, program evaluation, training and staff management, and crisis services. Yael has experience implementing best practices in a variety of fields including trauma recovery, psychiatric emergency, public health preparedness, psychosocial disaster response, reproductive health training and community-based participatory research.
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The University of Chicago Medicine REACT Program was established and is partially supported by funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), grant #5U79SM063163-03. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.