Appointments in the Department of Psychiatry:
Marc Atkins, PhD, Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR)


Marc Atkins, PhD received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis and received a Master’s Degree in Child Development from the University of Kansas. He obtained his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Atkins is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Director of Psychology Training in Psychiatry, and Director of Research at the Institute for Juvenile Research. He has a long-standing interest in the development of effective mental health services for children and families living in high poverty urban communities. He is an active researcher in the areas of childhood ADHD and aggression, and community mental health services for children and families, having authored over 90 papers and chapters and over 150 conference presentations.

He has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health for 21 of the past 23 years, including an ongoing NIMH developing center grant to study new models for mental health services in schools and communities.

The psychology internship program that he has directed at UIC since 1994 received the inaugural award for the Outstanding Internship in 2005 by the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and in 2010 the award for Innovative Training in Child and Adolescent Mental Health by the APA Board of Educational Affairs. He currently serves on two national boards; as secretary of the Association of Psychological Science’s Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, and as President of the APA Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53).