Helping those living with a chronic medical illness
cope and thrive.
Dr. Taft is a licensed clinical psychologist and is director of adult behavioral medicine. She has specialty training in health psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Taft is a leading expert on the psychological and social aspects of chronic digestive illnesses including IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Eosinophilic GI Diseases. She has over 10 years of extensive experience working with people with chronic illness and has published several articles and three book chapters on the psychological aspects of these conditions.
Dr. Taft is a Clinical Research Associate at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she has researched the psychosocial issues people living with chronic digestive conditions face since 2004. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship within the Center for Psychosocial Research in GI at NU. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009 after completing a 1-year internship at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Taft has spoken at patient education conferences across the United States including with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the CURED Foundation, and the Oley Foundation. Her approach to therapy is to teach clients to be their own therapists and learn skills that will last a lifetime so they can better self-manage issues that come with having a chronic illness. Dr. Taft is certified in medical hypnotherapy.
Dr. Lincenberg is a post-doctoral fellow in clinical health psychology. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2016. She has specialty training in working with patients living with chronic illness including weight loss, caregiver stress, and concerns related to a cancer diagnosis and survivorship. Her therapeutic style is collaborative and goal based, incorporating mindfulness based stress reduction, acceptance, and other cognitive-behavioral techniques. Dr. Lincenberg is fluent in Spanish. She sees patients in Oak Park and Evanston.
Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the director of pediatric behavioral medicine. She received her master's degree at Loyola University Chicago and has over 6 years of experience working with people living with chronic and terminal illness. Stephanie is highly experienced in working with children and adolescents in particular, building on her experience as a special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. She also has worked in an outpatient oncology setting for the last 5 years.
Stephanie has presented at several patient conferences including the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Girls With Guts, the CURED Foundation, and the United Ostomy Association of America. She has served on the board for the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Stephanie tailors therapy to each client's needs, collaborating with them so that they feel empowered to meet their goals. Strength-based therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavior therapy are examples of treatments she frequently utilizes. Stephanie is certified in medical hypnotherapy.
Dr. Pandit received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and completed internship at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Her interest is focused on the intersection of health and psychological concerns, and the mind-body connection. She has specialty training in treating digestive illnesses, and other health-related problems including insomnia, obesity, tobacco use, chronic pain, migraines and concerns related to a cancer diagnosis and survivorship. With the understanding that each patient is unique, Dr. Pandit's therapeutic style is collaborative and goal based. She generally uses a cognitive behavioral, motivational and mindfulness approach to psychotherapy.
Dr. Pandit has published literature related to health literacy and disease-related distress and has presented on these topics at various conferences including, the Health Literacy Research Conference (HARC), the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), and the International Conference for Communication in Healthcare (ICCH). Dr. Pandit is certified in medical hypnotherapy.