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Research and Teaching

Our team is highly involved in academic teaching and research. We teach clinical communication at Rush Medical College, conduct research on issues related to women’s health, give lectures and grand rounds in departments throughout Rush University Medical Center, and consult with other women’s health providers. We also train residents and postdoctoral fellows as a part of Rush’s highly competitive residency and fellowship programs. 

  • Nicole Heath, PhD
    Specialty areas: recovery from sexual assault/PTSD, interpersonal violence, emotion regulation, postpartum PTSD
  • Natalie Stevens, PhD
    Specialty areas: anxiety and depression during pregnancy and postpartum, postpartum PTSD
  • Mervat Sha’ini, MD
    Specialty areas: medication management of psychiatric disorders associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the postpartum period and perimenopause
  • Vanessa Tirone, PhD
    Specialty areas: pelvic pain, sexuality, gender roles, interpersonal violence
  • Teresa Lillis, PhD
    Specialty areas: postpartum mental health; postpartum sleep issues; links among sleep, pain and PTSD
  • Amy Rust, NP
    Specialty areas: medication management during pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum periods; hormone-related mood changes; TMS for postpartum depression