The Division of Adult Psychiatry serves as a site for psychiatric evaluation, service referrals, and treatment of mental disorders in people 18 years of age or older. The division is comprised of psychiatrists, resident physician trainees, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chemical dependency specialists, case managers, and support staff dedicated to providing the best and most efficacious recommendations and care. Founded in 1972 as a component of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the division has a tradition of providing exceptional training, education, research, and clinical services on the cutting edge of psychiatry and behavioral healthcare.
Our mission within the medical school is to provide psychiatric education to medical students and residents. Medical students participate in clinical activities during their six week third-year clerkship rotation, as well as through elective experiences in their fourth year. Psychiatry and combined medicine-psychiatry resident trainees begin their outpatient clinical experiences in their second-year rotation and continue to hone their diagnostic, psychotherapy, and treatment planning and management skills through their final years of training. The department also serves as a training site for nursing students, resident trainees from other specialties, and therapy interns. The division is also involved in several research projects, which as one of the fundamental purposes of the medical school is the advancement of knowledge through research.
Stephen M. Soltys, MD, Professor and Chairman
Jeffrey Bennett, MD, Assistant Professor and Acting Division Chief
Vinod Alluri, MD, Assistant Professor
Eric Black, MD, Assistant Professor
Khondakar Hasanat, MD, Assistant Professor
Obiora Onwuameze, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
Saleena Shrestha, MD, Assistant Professor
Santosh Shrestha, MD, Assistant Professor
Jill Koester, LCPC, RN
The Division is proud to offer the following services:
New Patient Evaluation Clinic
A general psychiatry teaching clinic for the evaluation of adults 18 years of age and older, who have a wide range of psychiatric problems. Patients will be evaluated by a team of professionals including a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, a psychiatric resident, and a medical student.
General Psychiatric Clinic
Diagnostic and therapeutic services are provided to adults 18 years of age and older. Patients are seen by a psychiatric resident under the supervision of an attending physician.
This is a psychiatry specialty clinic for adults over the age of 62. The goal of the clinic is to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to elderly patients suffering from a wide range of psychiatric problems. Patients will be evaluated by a team of professionals including a psychiatrist, a psychiatric resident, and a medical student.
Faculty include licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPC), licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), PhD psychologists, as well as residents in training under the supervision of attending faculty. Individual and group psychotherapy services including cognitive behavioral therapy; supportive and short term crisis resolution; grief counseling; family and couples counseling; and short and long term individual psychotherapy.
Substance Abuse Services
Substance abuse services are provided by certified, licensed counselors and physicians for adults and adolescents. These services can either be the primary focus of care or in conjunction with the care of an emotional disorder.
TMS and Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders
Faculty and trainees provide evaluation and management of mood and co-morbid disorders which have failed to adequately respond to standard treatments. Through the use of careful re-evaluation, further diagnostic testing as needed, psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, as well as neuromodulatory stimulation therapies such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), division clinicians offer successful treatment to many.