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Office of Applied Psychological Services

Office of Applied Psychological Services (OAPS) Heading link

University of Illinois at Chicago

1007 West Harrison Street, Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 3011A, M/C 285, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7137

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The Office of Applied Psychological Services (OAPS) is a mental health clinic in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). We offer therapy and psychological assessment using approaches that are based on scientific theory and supported by scientific evidence, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. OAPS serves the UIC community, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as people living or working in the greater Chicago area.

OAPS Summer Clinic Hours

Monday and Tuesday 9-4PM.
Wednesday 9-4:30PM.
Thursday 10-5PM.

Summer 2023 Therapy Intake Appointments will be available:

Clients interested in therapy, please note after the therapy intake is complete, you will be placed on our therapy waitlist until we can assign you a therapy clinician or be provided referrals to therapy clinics with immediate openings.

Assessment Waitlist: As of May 15th, 2023 new clients who wish to be added to the OAPS assessment waitlist can expect to be contacted for their first appointment between late 2023-early 2024. Clients added to the assessment waitlist will receive a call and OAPS will provide a link for you to complete additional information. You will need to complete the additional information and send to OAPS within 2 weeks. When clients are contacted by OAPS to schedule, they will have 3 business days to respond. If we do not hear back from you during that timeframe, we will assume you are no longer interested in services, and you will be removed from the waitlist.


COVID-19 Policies

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all clients, staff, and clinicians, we have implemented a number of cleaning and protective policies within the OAPS clinic for in-person services.



ALL new clients must physically come to the clinic for their intake appointment, due to the nature of the training clinic and to ensure client wellbeing. After the first appointment, clients will have flexibility in fully virtual treatment options.

  Contact-free Appointment & Paperwork

  • Clients will receive access to a confidential portal to complete their intake documents prior to their appointment.

  Symptom Screen

  • New clients experiencing symptoms will be rescheduled; current clients experiencing symptoms can meet with a clinician via videoconference or telephone.



Clinicians at OAPS are advanced graduate students in UIC’s Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Graduate student clinicians are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. OAPS provides a variety of services, including therapy and psychological assessment. We also provide referrals to appropriate agencies for problems that we do not treat.

OAPS is a training clinic, staffed by student clinicians, thus there are certain presenting concerns that we are unable to adequately treat here. These include, but are not limited to, suicidal intent (or acting on suicidal thoughts in the past three years), psychosis, detoxification from substance use, court-referred cases, difficulties resulting from a traumatic brain injury, and diagnosing or treating autism spectrum disorder that requires more comprehensive care. If you are struggling with any of these issues, we will do our best to provide you with referrals to clinics that would be a better fit for your care.


Therapy Services

Using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and other evidence based practices (EBP), OAPS offers therapy for adults, children, families, and couples. We help individuals make changes that will improve their personal functioning and enhance their ability to cope with various life stressors. Therapy is available for a broad range of problems including depression, anxiety (e.g., O.C.D., panic disorder, social anxiety, separation anxiety, adjustment difficulties), trauma, substance use difficulties, relationship difficulties, parenting, emotion dysregulation, and personality disorders.


Assessment Services

We offer comprehensive psychological and educational assessment services to adults and children. Assessments evaluate a range of concerns including but not limited to Specific Learning Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disability (ID), personality assessment, career choices, and other emotional and behavioral concerns.



Fees are set with a sliding scale based on income.


Primary Clinical Supervisors

Clinic Director: Jenna Rowen Szerszen, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Jasmin Searcy-Pate, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment Services: Katie Lawton, Ph.D.



OAPS is located in the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB) on UIC’s East Campus.

Contact Information

To make an appointment or to learn more about OAPS, call 312-996-2540 and press “2” at the prompt to leave a message in the new client voicemail box. Your call will be returned within 1-2 business days.


Nondiscrimination Policy

The Office of Applied Psychological Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.