Welcome Eric Black, MD Eric Black, MD


Eric Black, MD, joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of psychiatry and is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group. He completed a psychiatry residency in medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2014) and a general adult psychiatry residency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio (2008). He received his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, Ohio (2005). He earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in psychology at Ohio State University (2000). He received numerous military honors and awards during his service as a resident and general medical officer at Wright Patterson Medical Center (2005-13). His research interests include chronic mental illness and psychopharmacology.



Welcome Dana Ingram, LCSW, CADC Dana Ingram, LCSW


Dana Ingram, LCSW, joined SIU Department of Psychiatry as a Psychotherapist and Adjunct Instructor in March, 2014. She received her BSW from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1986 and her MSW in Clinical Social Work from University of Illinois-Champaign in 1990. She began her career as a psychotherapist at the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois later working at MMC on the Child and Adolescent and Adult Units before becoming the Coordinator of Adult PHP. She later worked as the Outpatient Behavioral Health Manager for MMC and as Director of Assessment and Referral for Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health before returning to MMC to work as a Medical Social Worker and Substance Use Therapist. She was also in private practice at Killian and Associates before joining SIU. She currently sees adults and seniors both in individual and couples therapy.



Welcome Seleena Shrestha, MD Seleena Shrestha, MD


Dr. Seleena Shrestha is a faculty member at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group. Dr. Shrestha completed her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center (2014), her General Psychiatry residency at SIU School of Medicine (2012) and earned her medical degree at the College of Medical Sciences in Bharatpur, Chitwan Nepal (2004). Dr. Shrestha is board eligible in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.



Welcome Brittany Ottino, PsyD Brittany Ottino, PsyD


Brittany Thomas-Ottino, PsyD, joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in 2014. She is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school's practice group. Dr. Ottino previously served as adjunct faculty for SIU-SOM (2012-2014) and as the Program Director and Clinical Psychologist for Gateway Foundation, Inc. (2009-2014). Dr. Ottino graduated with her Doctorate in Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg in 2007 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1999. Dr. Ottino completed her post-doctoral fellowship and pre-doctoral internship at South Campus Therapeutic Day School in Palatine, IL (2006-2008), where she worked with children and adolescents, ages 5-21, and their families. She also completed clinical training rotations at the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Justice Complex (Vernon Hills, IL) and at the Naval Hospital Great Lakes (NHGL) Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (Great Lakes, IL), now a part of the James Lovell Federal Healthcare System. Prior to graduate training, Dr. Ottino was employed as a substance abuse counselor and corporate trainer for Correctional Counseling, Inc. in Memphis, TN (2000-2003). Dr. Ottino has extensive experience working with complex co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and patients with behavioral concerns including self-injurious behaviors and eating disorders. She also provides family and couples therapy.



Psychiatry Receives Reaccreditation


SIU's Department of Psychiatry has received a four-year reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation. The achievement shows the department met high performance standards and is delivering superior quality services to patients.

In Recognition


Congratulations to Stephen Soltys, MD, Professor and Chair, and Jeffrey Bennett, MD, Chief of the Adult Division and Clerkship Director for being voted the most professional faculty personnel in the Department of Psychiatry. They were chosen by the 2013 graduating medical students.

This recognition is based on the attributes of professional behavior according to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

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