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. Dr. Stolbach has spent over 25 years developing trauma-informed programs for children and families on Chicago’s South Side, including 18 years at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, where he established the Chicago Child Trauma Center in 2005. In 2013, Dr. Stolbach partnered with the Rev. Carol Reese, LCSW, Trauma Chaplain at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, to bring Drexel University’s trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention model, Healing Hurt People to Chicago (HHPC). Within the NCTSN, he has served on the Steering Committee, as a technical advisor/partner for 4 Treatment & Services Adaptation Centers, including his current role with the Adelphi Complex Trauma Training Consortium, and on the NCTSN Anti-Racism Summit Initiative Faculty since 2020. 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 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 Dinizulu, PhD, REACT Clinic Co-Director
​Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, PhD 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.


Emma-Lorraine Bart-Plange, PhD, REACT Clinical Associate
Emma-Lorraine Bart-Plange, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the REACT team in 2020. Dr. Bart-Plange is a trauma-informed EBP “super-user” with formal training in ARC, TF-CBT, CPP, PC-CARE and CFTSI and is a graduate of California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND). Dr. Bart-Plange provides trauma-focused therapy and assessments, participates in teaching and supervising REACT trainees, and provides trauma-informed consultation for children with developmental disabilities.



Royce Lee, MD, REACT Adult Psychiatrist
​Associate Professor Royce Lee, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with 25+ years of experience who provides direct psychiatric services to adult REACT patients and Prolonged Exposure training for REACT trainees. His clinical and scientific expertise is the overlap of trauma, personality disorder, and traumatic stress disorders.




Geri Pettis, MA, Child and Family Coordinator
Geri Pettis, MA identifies patients at risk of repeat injuries from violence and connects them to REACT services and other hospital and community-based services. Geri’s expertise lies in trauma counseling, youth support, family counseling, and domestic violence counseling. Geri holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Roosevelt University.




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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.