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 Research Assistant Professor 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.
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. Edlynn is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in pediatric health psychology. Previously, she served as the Clinical Program Director for the pediatric palliative care team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles from 2008-2012, and as the Clinical Program Director for the Medical Day Treatment program at Children’s Hospital Colorado from 2013-2016, where she had a faculty appointment in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Edlynn has most recently worked for Amita Health to establish and expand health psychology services in their larger health care system.
Dr. Edlynn received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2007 after completing her internship at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then received postdoctoral training in psycho-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Edlynn has participated in several national conferences and published several peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to pediatric palliative care and programs serving youth with chronic medical illness. In her therapy approach, she draws from evidence-based practice, while collaboratively tailoring therapy to individual needs and symptoms. The goal is always to improve daily functioning and each person’s quality of life regardless of the status of their disease. Dr. Edlynn has extensive experience working with a variety of illnesses and symptoms (eg, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, diabetes, obesity, epilepsy, cancer) by using a combination of cognitive behavioral approaches, mindfulness, and stress management strategies. She has a special interest in youth managing grief and loss