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The Outpatient Psychotherapy Service in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center provides a wide range of psychological counseling services for adults.


John Burns, PhD, is a ​Professor at Rush University. He completed his graduate education at Stony Brook University and his internship at Northport VA Medical Center.

Joyce Corsica, PhD, is the Director of the Outpatient Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine Program, the Bariatric Surgery Behavioral Health Program, and the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program. She began her career at Rush University Medical Center in 2002 after completing her doctoral training at Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and her residency and fellowship at the University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital. Corsica has clinical expertise in adjustment disorders, anxiety, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), depression, eating disorders, health psychology, mindfulness-based stress reduction, obesity, and weight management. Her research areas include weight management, eating-related issues, evaluation and interventions for bariatric surgery candidates and patients with emotional eating, and evaluation and interventions for behavioral weight loss and behavioral change.


​Nicole Heath, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating women who have experienced traumatic stress and interpersonal violence, including physical and sexual abuse. She also has expertise in helping women recover from a variety of disorders including anxiety and depression, improve relationships, and cope with sexual health difficulties.

Heath completed her graduate education at Idaho State University, her internship at Battle Creek VA Medical Center, and her fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

​Ivonne Hobfoll, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Services and a clinical psychologist at Rush with expertise in the treatment of trauma in children and women. She completed her graduate education at SStanford University, her internship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and her residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center (US Air Force). Hobfoll also speaks Hebrew and Spanish.


Stevan Hobfoll, PhD, has authored and edited 12 books, including TRAUMATIC STRESS, THE ECOLOGY OF STRESS, STRESS CULTURE AND COMMUNITY, and THE IMPERFECT GUARDIAN (an historical novel set in Eastern Europe at the time of WWI).  In addition, he has authored over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports.  He has been a frequent workshop leader on stress, war, and terrorism, stress and health, and organizational stress. He has received over $15 million in research grants on stress. Dr. Hobfoll is currently the Judd and Marjorie Weinberg Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Formerly at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, and an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, he remains involved with the problem of stress in Israel.  

Dr. Hobfoll was cited by the Encyclopædia Britannica for his contribution to knowledge and understanding for his Ecology of Stress volume and received lifetime achievement awards for his work on stress and health and traumatic stress from several scientific societies.  He was co-chair of the American Psychological Association Commission on Stress and War during Operation Desert Storm, helping plan for the prevention of prolonged distress among military personnel and their families, member of the U.S. Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), and a member of APA’s Task Force on Resilience in Response to Terrorism. Dr. Hobfoll published the first randomized clinical trial on the prevention of HIV/AIDS in women.  He has been a consultant to several nations, military organizations, and major corporations on problems of stress and health.  His work on mass casualty intervention was designated as one of the most influential recent contributions to psychiatry.


Megan Hood, PhD, is the Director of the Behavioral Health in Diabetes Program and the Co-Director of the Eating Behavior, Obesity, and Diabetes research lab at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her graduate education at Saint Louis University and her internship and fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Hood has clinical expertise in adjustment disorders, adjustment to chronic illness, anxiety, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), depression, health psychology, mental health in women, mindfulness-based stress reduction, mood disorders, obesity, psychotherapy, self-management of chronic health conditions, sleep disorders, stress, and weight management. Her research involves improving health and wellbeing of patients with chronic health conditions, particularly obesity and diabetes.

Natalie Stevens, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of women during pregnancy and postpartum. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, coping with pregnancy loss and psychological factors associated with high-risk pregnancy.

Stevens completed her graduate education at the University of Kansas and her internship and fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment issues
  • Stress and anger management
  • Pain management
  • Adjustment of a chronic medical condition
  • Relationship issues
  • Women's health issues
  • Presurgical evaluations for clients considering bariatric surgeries
  • Behavioral preparation for bariatric surgeries
  • Psychotherapy for adjustment to bariatric surgeries
  • Specialized therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder


What to expect

When you call, you will speak with our clinic coordinator, who will ask you a few brief questions about yourself and your reasons for seeking therapy at this time. We accept most insurance plans and will obtain authorization from your insurance company prior to your initial visit. Your psychotherapist will complete a thorough evaluation, and in collaboration with you will develop an individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to help you gain insight into your feelings, thoughts, and behavior, and help you learn to modify those that are causing you distress or interfering with your quality of life. 

For more information, or to make an appointment, call the coordinator of services at (312) 942-6973.



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Psychotherapy Services
1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Westgate Building
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-6973
Fax: (312) 942-4990
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