Liza Suarez

Co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center and assistant professor of clinical psychology

Biography

Liza Suarez; experts guide

Liza Suarez, assistant professor of clinical psychology — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Liza Suarez is co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center, a federally funded center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that addresses the psychological needs of youth impacted by trauma including community violence.

She is also clinical assistant professor of psychology at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the UIC College of Medicine, where she provides services to youth and families through the pediatric stress and anxiety disorders clinic.

Suarez has developed and disseminates interventions that help youth providers address traumatic stress and substance abuse problems among adolescents. She is chair of the Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse Committee, a national group of clinicians and researchers in trauma and substance abuse within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Topic areas:

  • Trauma in children and adolescent
  • Adolescent traumatic stress and  substance use
  • Community violence
  • Minority mental health
  • Treatment of anxiety disorders

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