The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Our Faculty

The Institute for Clinical Social Work’s outstanding faculty is composed of the most expert social work clinicians, researchers, and educators in the Chicago area. Many are nationally known and distinguished by their contributions to the field. All are practicing clinicians or researchers who bring life experience to their teaching and to their students.


Leadership

Scott Harms Rose, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

President and Dean Scott Harms Rose oversees the management of academic programs, chairs the Student Progression Committee, sits on the Curriculum Committee, and is an academic advisor to students in the doctoral and master’s programs. He also teaches in the Conceptual Foundations Sequence, serves as a clinical consultant for students, and chairs dissertation committees. He graduated from ICSW in 2004. In addition to his roles at ICSW, Dr. Rose has been an adjunct assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, and an adjunct lecturer at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Rose also has worked extensively within the LGBTQ community in Chicago, having been part of the clinical staff at Howard Brown Health Center, and most recently Director of Mental Health and Clinical Training at Center on Halsted. He maintains a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, where he works with adults (individuals and couples, both gay and straight) and adolescents. His clinical interests include studying the intersection between the social/cultural/political environment and the intrapsychic, and his theoretical interests include using psychoanalytic theory to examine sociocultural phenomena.

Jennifer Tolleson, Ph.D.

Jennifer Tolleson serves as Associate Dean. Her areas of clinical expertise are psychoanalytic theory and practice; clinical process (T/CT); adolescents, adults, couples, and families; and immigrants who are at risk of deportation or are victims of political persecution. At ICSW, she is a clinical and theory instructor and consultant, and she is deeply interested in the intersections of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, social theory, politics, and human rights, as well as clinical process research. In addition, Dr. Tolleson engages in Middle East (Palestine/Israel) peace work, is an asylum worker for Physicians for Human Rights, and provides pro bono clinical evaluations for victims of torture and political persecution.

Faculty

Paula Lorig Ammerman, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

​​Paula Ammerman maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Hyde Park, where she works with individuals and couples. Additionally, she has taught social work at Loyola University of Chicago and The University of Chicago, and she is currently a faculty member at ICSW. She is also an active member of the Children’s Psychotherapy Project: A Home Within, which provides long-term pro bono services to children in the foster care system. Dr. Ammerman’s research topic at ICSW focused on the functions of countertransference in working with clients who have character disorders. Her work in this area is ongoing, and she speaks regularly about this subject, including a presentation titled “Hate as an Enactment in the Relational Paradigm.”

Judith Aronson, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Judith Aronson, LSCW, received a BA Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, a MA from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and her Ph.D. from The Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is a board member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work; Chicago-area co-chair, and a member of the Committee on Social Justice and Social Responsibility. Dr. Aronson is a member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and a frequent speaker and presenter at workshops, professional presentations and continuing education seminars. Areas of expertise include theory and practice, and changing attitudes about psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Barbara Berger, Ph.D.

​Barbara Berger maintains a full-time practice in addition to being active in the ICSW and social work communities. At ICSW, she has been on dissertation committees and currently serves as vice chair of advancement on the Board of Trustees. In the social work community, she is active on the Consortium Board and in the AAPSCW, where she is on the executive committee and the National Board, and she serves as a liaison to the ACPE Board. Dr. Berger’s areas of clinical expertise are adults and couples, and she is interested in doing more publishing and presenting.

Mark Berger, M.D.

​Mark Berger is a faculty member at ICSW whose areas of clinical expertise include psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. His theoretical orientation to practice is object-relational.

Karen Bloomberg, A.M., Ph.D.

​Karen Bloomberg is a faculty member of ICSW, where she serves as director of student affairs, and as a clinical and dissertation consultant. She also maintains a private practice, and her areas of clinical expertise are with adults, children, adolescents, and couples experiencing relationship issues. Dr. Bloomberg is most interested in studying relationships in transition, and she volunteers at divorce support groups and informational sessions, and helps with developmental disabilities of children in families.

Sue Stollenwerk Cebulko, Ph.D.

Sue Stollenwerk Cebulko teaches at ICSW in addition to being in private practice,working with individuals and couples. She has performed editorial work for Cambria Press, including the book Effects of Internet Pornography on Married Women: A Psychodynamic Approach, published in 2005. Dr. Cebulko also volunteers her time at the Indianapolis Archdiocese.

Lisa Cohen

​Area of specialty: Adult, child, and adolescent psychotherapy

Joseph M. Cronin, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Joseph Cronin is a faculty member at ICSW and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. His areas of clinical expertise include adult psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents, and adult couples therapy, and his theoretical orientation to practice is psychoanalytic object relations, modern conflict, and self theories.​

Gail DeLyser, Ph.D.

​Gail DeLyser is in private practice in downtown Chicago and suburban Northfield, providing psychotherapy to individual adolescents, adults, and couples. In 2009, she began teaching as an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Roosevelt University, Chicago. ​In addition to her faculty duties at ICSW, Gail DeLyser serves as co-chair of the Professional Enrichment program, co-coordinator of the Clinical Practice Program, a member of the Marcia V. Adler Scholarship Committee, and a member of the Master’s Program Planning Team. Dr. DeLyser’s areas of clinical expertise include concerns and issues of young adult development, mid-life development, relationships, and women’s issues, and her theoretical orientation to practice is general psychodynamic with an emphasis on contemporary self-psychology and relational theories.

Joan DiLeonardi, Ph.D.

Joan DiLeonardi teaches at ICSW in addition to leading independent studies and consulting on dissertations. Her theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic general, and she has been involved in research on child abuse and neglect, chronic neglect, day care, foster parenting, and foster care workers. Dr. DiLeonardi takes part in volunteer activities including serving as trustee and a former board chair at Oakton Community College, a region chair at North Suburban, and an executive committee member of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. She enjoys being a part of the ICSW community because it gives her a chance to help talented students grow and advance their skills in developing research questions and completing competent dissertation research.

Denise Duval, Ph.D.

Denise Duval teaches research courses and development courses, is an academic adviser to on-site students, and oversees the collection and analysis of academic data. In addition to her duties at ICSW, Dr. Duval maintains a private child psychotherapy practice where she works with pre-school-age children through young adults. Her areas of clinical expertise include children’s issues and anxiety, behaviors and mood issues, school problems, and child-parent relationships, among others. Dr. Duval values the focus on training clinicians and clinical researchers at ICSW, and she enjoys seeing how students incorporate their new knowledge into their work.

Amy Eldridge, Ph.D.

Amy Eldridge served as dean of ICSW from 1998 to 2012, and she currently is an instructor and a clinical and research consultant. As dean, she influenced the curriculum and the student learning experience, helping to bring ICSW to its current success. Dr. Eldridge enjoys working with ICSW’s extremely talented students and faculty, and she values what she, in turn, learns from teaching. She is interested in contemporary self psychology and relational psychoanalysis. In addition to her role at ICSW, Dr. Eldridge also maintains a psychotherapy and consultation practice where she specializes in the treatment of adults, couples, adolescents, and children.

Sherwood Faigen

​Sherwood Faigen is the Clinical Practicum coordinator, a member of the curriculum committee, an instructor in the Conceptual Foundations and Clinical Sequences, a clinical consultant, and he serves on dissertation committees. In addition to his roles at ICSW, Mr. Faigen maintains a private practice where he practices psychotherapy for adults, children, and adolescents, and performs child, adolescent, and family evaluation and assessment. He is interested in the interface between psychodynamic theory and the practice of clinical work with a variety of populations and settings, and he would like to explore the possibilities that psychotherapy holds under non-ideal conditions of practice. Mr. Faigen enjoys working at ICSW because it provides him the opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues, delve into literature, work with students, and contribute to the field.

Linda Freedman, Ph.D.

​Linda Freedman is a faculty member at ICSW whose areas of clinical expertise include macro-practice and family practice. She works with families on relationship issues, but her preference is getting out into the community to do workshops that help people on a larger scale. Dr. Freedman is currently studying cyberbullying and accountability intervention, and she has also completed research on the acceptance of adult gay and lesbian children, and sexual assault on campus. In her free time, she works for Project Shield, a sexual-assault-prevention program of Shalva.

Freda Baron Friedman, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

​Freda Baron Friedman works in Chicago’s Streeterville area and suburban Northfield, Ill., providing psychotherapy for adults, utilizing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Her specialities include psychotherapy for individuals and families dealing with borderline personality disorder and working with those who have experienced various forms of trauma, loss, and relationship difficulties. In addition to running several client and professional groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Friedman has been a faculty member at ICSW since 2008 and a member of the Professional Enrichment Committee since 2001. She is also a clinical consultant and reviewer for Behavioral Technology, the international training program for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and presents workshops, training programs, and lectures on issues related to Borderline Personality Disorder.

Carol Ganzer, Ph.D.

Carol Ganzer consults with students and serves on dissertation committees at ICSW in addition to teaching. She maintains a full-time psychotherapy and consultation practice and is also the managing editor of Clinical Social Work Journal. Her areas of clinical expertise are adults, trauma, addictions, and clinical supervision, and she would like complete research about the effectiveness of psychoanalytic treatment. Dr. Ganzer also mentors in her spare time in the fellowship program at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

Constance Goldberg, B.C.D., L.C.S.W., M.S.

Constance Goldberg provides clinical consultation and dissertation advisement at ICSW. Her clinical expertise is adult psychotherapy for individuals and couples. She is interested in researching what constitutes therapeutic action and what accounts for change. Ms. Goldberg enjoys being a member of the ICSW community because of the spirit of collegiality and the commitment to the highest levels of clinical practice and teaching.

James Grabowski, L.C.P.C.

​James Grabowski teaches two courses in the Development Sequence at ICSW and works individually with students on independent study and cases. Mr. Grabowski is also an instructor at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and works as an administrator in the clinic at the Erikson Institute. His area of clinical expertise is child treatment and child welfare development, and he is interested in researching the barriers to mental health treatment in the United States.

Edward Haley, A.M.

​Edward Haley has been involved in the ICSW community by teaching classes, serving on the admissions committee, chairing the faculty advisory committee, serving on the curriculum committee, and by supervising many treatment cases and diagnostics. His area of clinical expertise is long-term treatment, and he likes to help students understand and clarify problematic therapy issues. Mr. Haley is especially interested in unconscious communication in the therapeutic process.

Michael Hoffman, M.D.

​Area of specialty: Adult, adolescent and child psychotherapy, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis

James N. Lampe, Ph.D.

James Lampe is an instructor for qualitative research and for self psychology in the distance learning program at ICSW, as well as a member of the Professional Enrichment Committee, a consultant for students in the general program, clinical sequence, and the Military and Veterans Social Work Specialization. He also instructs students in independent studies. Dr. Lampe’s areas of clinical expertise include adults, individuals, and couples, anxiety, depression, trauma services, and GLBT issues. He utilizes a self psychology perspective along with aspects of attachment theory and modern psychoanalytic perspectives in his practice.​

Robert M. Mardirossian, Ph.D.

Robert Mardirossian is on the faculty of ICSW and provides clinical consultation in addition to serving on the faculty advisory committee. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Robert is the executive director at Family Service of Winnetka-Northfield, where he leads and directs the operation and growth of this community-based social service agency that provides psychotherapy and psycho-educational programs to individuals and families. He is an adjunct faculty at Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the State of Illinois Social Work Examining and Disciplinary Board. Dr. Mardirossian’s areas of clinical expertise are individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults, couples therapy, and treatment of sexual dysfunctions. He is especially interested in the impact of technology on the development of one’s capacity to be alone.​

Dennis McCaughan, Ph.D.

​Dennis McCaughan is a faculty member of ICSW where he teaches and offers clinical and research consultation. Dr. McCaughan has taught in the areas of human development, psychoanalytic theory, and psychotherapy at a number of institutions including ICSW, Northwestern University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently he is consulting psychotherapist at the St. James Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago, and The Community House, Hinsdale, Illinois. In addition, he is a contributing editor to the journal,Schools: Studies in Education. Dr. McCaughan has been in the independent practice of psychotherapy since 1984 and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Illinois.

Joseph Palombo

Joseph Palombo is the founding dean of ICSW and specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities, especially those with nonverbal learning disabilities. His theoretical orientation to practice is self-psychology.

Miriam Reitz, Ph.D.

​Miriam Reitz currently assists ICSW students with their dissertation research and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Her areas of clinical expertise include anything related to couple and family diagnosis and treatment, especially assessing the individual’s problems in a family context and issues involving adoption. She practices individual psychodynamic theory with an emphasis on development and an overlay of family systems theory. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Reitz interviewed couples in their first year of marriage about their relationships, and followed up with half of them at years 5, 10, 15, and 20. She plans to analyze the data and write a book about her findings.

Ida Roldán, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

​Ida Roldan maintains a private practice in Oak Park and Chicago, providing consultation and psychoanalytic psychotherapy to adolescents and adults; she is bilingual/bi-cultural and specializes in working with Latino populations.She has been a clinical consultant at Children‘s Place since 1995, was awarded a fellowship at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1998, and has been an advisor for the BRIGHTEN (Bridging Resources of an Interdisciplinary Gero-mental Health Team) program for the elderly at Rush Medical Center, Stroger Hospital, and Alivio Medical Center since 2008. Dr. Roldan has also served as an ICSW faculty member since September 2008, is a co-chair of the Board of Directors of Corazon Community Services in Cicero, and is a board member of SGA Youth and Family Services in Chicago.

Daniel Rosenfeld

​Area of specialty: Ethics in clinical practice; Adult, child, and adolescent psychotherapy

Erika Schmidt, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.

​Erika Schmidt is coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Specialization at ICSW. Additionally, she serves as director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and she is a faculty member in various programs at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her areas of clinical expertise are psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with adults and children, and child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Allan Scholom, Ph.D.

​Area of specialty: Social justice; Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; Consultation and supervision

Joan Servatius, Ph.D.

​Joan Servatius is a faculty member, clinical consultant, and practicum coordinator for the distance program at ICSW. She also maintains a clinical practice where she works with adolescents, adults, and couples. She is interested in clinical process topics and has completed research using the case study method to study perspectives of clinical social workers who are psychodynamic psychotherapists on deepening the treatment.

R. Dennis Shelby, Ph.D.

​R. Dennis Shelby initiated the Military/Veterans Specialization and is on the faculties of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Rush University. His areas of clinical expertise include psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and issues related to sexual orientation, HIV, and law enforcement.

Mark Smaller, Ph.D.

Area of specialty: Adult and child psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; Neuropsychoanalysis; Applied psychotherapy and psychoanalysis​

Jonathan Speigel, M.S.W.

​Jonathan Spiegel is on the faculty of ICSW, offering clinical consultation and also co-teaches the first-year case conference. His theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic, but he is open to other schools of thought. In his practice, he helps people work through depression, anxiety, and other dissatisfactions or frustrations. In addition to his work at ICSW, Mr. Spiegel teaches in the Child Therapy Program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and maintains a private practice in downtown Chicago.

Rita Sussman, Ph.D.

Area of specialty: Children and adults with learning disabilities; Psychoanalytic supervision; Parenting​

Michelle Sweet, Ph.D.

Michelle Sweet provides individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She also offers conjoint therapy to couples and parents. Dr. Sweet has a private practice, works for Hartgrove Hospital, and is a research and clinical consultant for ICSW. She is a member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Social Work (AAPSW) and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). She volunteers as a therapist for A Home Within and serves as a peer reviewer for the Clinical Social Work Journal.

Boris Thomas, Ph.D.

​In addition to his duties as a faculty member, Boris Thomas co-leads ICSW’s Professional Enrichment Committee, is a member of the Marcia V. Adler Scholarship Fund Committee, and supervises students for independent studies and clinical consultation. Outside of ICSW, Dr. Thomas serves a mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution, a not-for-profit organization that provides free mediation services both in their private offices and in various courts throughout Cook County. His areas of clinical expertise include couples (same sex and straight), gay men, and issues of culture and race, and his theoretical orientation to practice includes contemporary object relations/relational theory and self psychology with some cognitive and behavioral approaches when needed.

Lynne Tylke, Ph.D.

​Lynne Tylke is on the faculty of ICSW, chairs the clinical curriculum for the distance-learning program as well as teaching the third-year case conference. She also works with students as an advisor and clinical consultant. Her areas of clinical expertise include adult psychotherapy focusing on depression and anxiety, grief work, PTSD, marital issues, and working with adolescents. Her theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic and relational work with individuals.

Theresa Vidalon, M.S.W.

​Theresa Vidalon teaches introductory research courses at ICSW in addition to providing research support at the Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of clinical expertise are mental health, substance use, and domestic violence, and her theoretical orientation to practice is strengths-based. Ms. Vidalon is very interested in doing research on mental health and long-term care. She is working on her doctorate in social work at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Emeritus Faculty

Lisa Cohen

​Area of specialty: Adult, child, and adolescent psychotherapy

Joseph M. Cronin, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Joseph Cronin is a faculty member at ICSW and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. His areas of clinical expertise include adult psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents, and adult couples therapy, and his theoretical orientation to practice is psychoanalytic object relations, modern conflict, and self theories.​

Edward Haley, A.M.

​Edward Haley has been involved in the ICSW community by teaching classes, serving on the admissions committee, chairing the faculty advisory committee, serving on the curriculum committee, and by supervising many treatment cases and diagnostics. His area of clinical expertise is long-term treatment, and he likes to help students understand and clarify problematic therapy issues. Mr. Haley is especially interested in unconscious communication in the therapeutic process.

Miriam Reitz, Ph.D.

​Miriam Reitz currently assists ICSW students with their dissertation research and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Her areas of clinical expertise include anything related to couple and family diagnosis and treatment, especially assessing the individual’s problems in a family context and issues involving adoption. She practices individual psychodynamic theory with an emphasis on development and an overlay of family systems theory. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Reitz interviewed couples in their first year of marriage about their relationships, and followed up with half of them at years 5, 10, 15, and 20. She plans to analyze the data and write a book about her findings.

R. Dennis Shelby, Ph.D.

​R. Dennis Shelby initiated the Military/Veterans Specialization and is on the faculties of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Rush University. His areas of clinical expertise include psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and issues related to sexual orientation, HIV, and law enforcement.