Catharine Devlin is a Chicago-based, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. With two main specialty areas: 1. eating and nutrition issues and 2. family, child, and adolescent psychology, her private practice is located in Downtown Chicago and South Barrington, IL. She began her private practice in Lakeview in 2012. She recently expanded her practice to South Barrington in 2018, in order to service clients in the Northwest Suburbs. Additionally, Dr. Devlin has moved her Lakeview office to the Chicago Loop.
Education and Training
Catharine Devlin received her B.S. from SUNY Brockport, where she completed a double-major in Psychology and Health Science. At SUNY, she also completed a specialized concentration in Alcoholism and Substance-Abuse Treatment. Her research focused on risky sexual behaviors and how changes in HIV treatment options influence people’s decision-making.
Dr. Devlin received her Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) from the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at Roosevelt University, in Chicago, IL. Under the mentorship of Dr. Cami McBride, she completed her dissertation, which focused on the parenting behaviors of custodial grandparents and the implications for adolescent risk-taking.
While in graduate school, Dr. Devlin worked as a project director at University of Illinois, Chicago, with the Institute for Juvenile Research. Under Dr. Geri Donenberg, she directed two federally-funded studies, investigating the associations between health behaviors and mental illness with the aim of developing more effective interventions to reduce HIV risk-taking.
Catharine Devlin completed her APA-Accredited Internship at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (now AMITA Health) in the Eating Disorders and Self-Injury programs. Her internship focused on treating both adolescents and adults with self-injury and eating disorders. Her internship also included extensive family therapy training.
Dr. Devlin’s post-doctoral training was with South Campus Therapeutic Day School in Palatine, IL. At South Campus, she conducted therapy with 1st-12th grade students and their families in a therapeutic educational setting. During her fellowship, Dr. Devlin worked extensively with students with self-injury issues, eating disorders, ADHD, Autism-Spectrum Disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Working closely with IEP teams, parents, teachers, and other professionals, she continued to refine her skills in developing behavioral interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and family therapy. She also became increasingly familiar with educational law and client advocacy.
Additionally, Dr. Devlin is an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt University. She has taught Research Methods, Psychology of Women, Health Psychology, Adult Development, and Tests and Measurements to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Devlin is currently a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), International Association of Eating Disorders Professional Foundation (IAEDP), The Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
Current Clinical Interests
Dr. Devlin continues to love working with kids and families. She often provides individual parent-coaching to help parents trouble-shoot behavioral or mental health issues. Dr. Devlin has a strong interest in women’s relationships with their bodies and the relationships among childhood experiences with food, social learning, and weight concerns. As a HAES therapist and advocate for size inclusivity and body liberation, she is passionate about helping people with eating disorders and body image concerns learn to love and accept their bodies. Dr. Devlin consistently attends continuing education and is committed to life-long learning.
On A Personal Note
Catharine Devlin grew up in up-state New York, and currently lives in Schaumburg, IL. She enjoys bike riding, yoga, gardening, reading novels, playing with her cat and dog, and spending time with her friends and family. Dr. Devlin also has Type I Diabetes and a very strong interest in helping clients living with chronic illness. She is a self-identified feminist and advocate for social justice.