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Child & Adolescent Evaluation (Psychiatry)

Welcome to the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Department.  Our  department provides the most current evidence based treatment for children and adolescents.  The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program clinical team provides evaluation and treatment to help youth and their families address and overcome emotional and behavioral problems.

Under the direction of section Chair Louis Kraus, MD, traditional and innovative treatments for children and adolescents are provided at Rush by psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed clinical social workers with specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry and various therapeutic modalities that have demonstrated efficacy in this population. When a patient's psychiatric problems are complicated by a neurological condition, learning disability, substance abuse or other medical conditions, additional specialists at Rush are available to lend their expertise for consultation.

Research conducted during the past 15 years has added greatly to our understanding of behavioral problems and makes it possible to diagnose and medically treat these conditions, even in very young children. This early intervention can prevent more serious problems later in life.


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.

Rosario Cosme, MD, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,  graduated Magna Cum Laude from INTEC, School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic.  She attended Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center affiliated to Weil Medical College for General Psychiatry and completed her Fellowship Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at Rush University Medical Center.​

Peter Fink, MD, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder medication clinic.  He graduated from Johns Hopkins University Medical School before completing double residencies in Pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital and General Psychiatry at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center, and two fellowships at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry and the Law.  He is quadruple board certified in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensics.​

Natalie Forburger, MA, LPC, received her master’s degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and completed an internship at Metropolitan Preparatory School, Inc. in Arlington Heights, Ill. As an intern, she acted as a member of a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in a therapeutic school setting. In this position, Natalie gained knowledge in the field of autism through leading social skill focus groups and conducting individual psychotherapy. Natalie is an Illinois licensed professional counselor. As director of Rush’s Autism Resource Center, Forburger is committed to building sustainable and productive relationships with the community for the express purpose of sharing information and ideas for treating and improving the quality of life of children and adolescents with autism.

Ann Hermes Tudor, LCSW, is the outreach director for the AARTS Center and group therapy lead clinician for outpatient services. Ms. Hermes Tudor received her Bachelor of Art in psychology and sociology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame and attended Loyola University’s Graduate school of Social Work.   Prior to joining the Rush Family she served as the director of social service in a residential setting. In this role, she not only provided supportive and therapeutic services to residents and their families but also worked as a community liaison. Ms. Hermes Tudor also has extensive experience providing therapy to children and their families. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and by courtesy Nursing, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.  He then completed his General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University/Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital. While at the University of Illinois, he completed his PhD in Sociology and has subsequently completed a fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Louis Kraus, MD, Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Section Chair.  He completed medical school at the Chicago Medical School and did his psychiatry training at Northwestern University. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

Much of Kraus’ work focuses on the interface of child and adolescent psychiatry and the law, educational work and advocacy for children. His lectures and writing focus on issues dealing with autism, delinquency and advocacy. Kraus is medical director for the Easter Seals Therapeutic Schools, where children and adolescents with autism receive services. He is in charge of the psychiatric services through Rush at the Orthogenic School, a residential school in Hyde Park. Kraus also consults with approximately 15 school districts in Chicago and the northern suburbs, as well as the Department of Justice related to civil rights violations of incarcerated children.

Rachel Loftin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and clinical director of the Autism Assessment, Research and Treatment Services (AARTS) Center. Dr. Loftin is trained in clinical and school psychology, with an emphasis in evaluation, consultation and intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) of all ages. She has extensive training in psychological testing, as well as expertise in educational, behavioral and social interventions. Dr. Loftin earned her doctoral degree at Indiana University, Bloomington, and completed her pre and post-doctoral fellowships in developmental disorders at the Child Study Center at Yale University's School of Medicine. She is a board member of Community Support Services and AACTION Autism, as well as an advisor for Infiniteach. 

Mojgan Makki, MD, Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Director of the Toddlers, Infants, Preschools (TIPS) clinic.  She graduated from Pecs Medical University in Hungary and completed her General Psychiatry residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at University of Illinois-Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  She is board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.​

Alejandro Mora, LCSW, is the intake department director of Outpatient Services and clinician. He received his Bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin.  Mr. Mora completed his graduate program in Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, his internship at the Institute of Juvenile Research, and a specialized internship in investigations of child abuse and child neglect at Catholic Charities.  He provides assessment and psychodynamic therapies for children and families with depression, anxiety and trauma related disorders, including sexually acting out behaviors in children. He is bilingual Spanish and English speaking. Mr. Mora has a clinical interest in fragmented families.​

Latha Soorya, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Soorya’s clinical and research interests include assessment and treatment with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  She completed her doctorate at Binghamton University, internship at the May Institute in Boston, and fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY.  She joined the faculty at RUMC’s Department of Psychiatry in 2012 as part of our growing program in ASD. Her clinical expertise includes the diagnosis of ASD, behavior management (parent and school-based) approaches, and cognitive behavioral interventions for people with ASD.  Along with her colleagues in the Autism Assessment, Research, and Treatment Services (AARTS) Center, Dr. Soorya is building an active, clinical research program focused on bringing effective, evidence-informed interventions for core and associated symptoms of ASD into communities.



Marcia M Ward, LCSW, ACSW, is a clinical therapist, Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program supervisor and MSW field placement supervisor whose clinical services include providing individual and family therapy. Areas of interest and expertise include attention deficit disorder, anxiety, trauma, work with families and parent guidance, education and training.

  • Psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents with psychiatric mood and behavioral disorders, including depression, bipolar, affective dysregulation, anxiety, psychosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and disruptive behaviors.

  • Comprehensive behavioral, developmental and psychiatric assessments and treatment services at the Toddlers Infants Preschoolers (TIPS) Clinic for children ages 6 and under.

  • Individualized treatment options matched to each child's intellectual and emotional maturity level.

  • Psych pharmacotherapy  for all Childhood Disorders.

  • Evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression and anxiety. Combined therapy and medication treatments are also available.

  • Psychodynamic-oriented therapy provided by clinicians with expertise in multiple therapy modalities.

  • Family Therapy/Parent Training/Behavioral Therapy.

  • Group Therapy for children and adolescents.

  • Research opportunities for children who qualify with autism spectrum disorders.

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Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
2150 West Harrison Street
Rush West Campus - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5375
Fax: (312) 942-3186
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Autism Assessment, Research Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center
1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Westgate Building
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-2400
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