Professor & Director of Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy at University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Judith Cook, PhD, is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance the health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations. She consults with federal, state, and local authorities on behavioral health service system redesign and alternative financing. Dr. Cook directs the Center and Co-Directs the UIC Academy for Policymakers.
Associate Director of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy at UIC
Jessica A. Jonikas, MA, is Associate Director of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy, as well as a Research Specialist in Health Systems Research for the UIC Department of Psychiatry. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and Center for Health Administration Studies. Ms. Jonikas is co-investigator or program director on federally-funded projects to promote wellness self-management, holistic health, and self-determination for people in recovery, as well as evidence-based practices and research translation in public mental health settings. Ms. Jonikas is the senior author or co-author of research articles, book chapters, training guides, and other educational resources on recovery-oriented models of care. For over 25 years, she has been an influential force in preparing and mentoring the mental health workforce.