Speakers Bureau

Many Family Institute staff members are available to speak to general audiences on a variety of topics related to family life and mental health. Your presentation needs will be matched with an expert in a particular area of care and can be customized for your audience. Speaker fees and stipends are negotiated by the speaker.

If you are interested in coordinating a speaking arrangement with one of our therapists, please call 847-733-4300, ext. 627 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Available Speakers

Aaron Cooper, PhD

  • 'I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy': Why You Shouldn't Say It, Why You Shouldn't Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead
  • The New Self-Esteem: Feeling Worthy From the Inside Out
  • Teaching Your Kids To Love
  • Divorce-Proofing Your Children

Amy Drucker, MSMFT, AMFT

Working in Community Settings with Culturally Diverse and Under-Resourced Populations

How-to's for Parents Saying Their Good-byes: The transition from high school to college

How to Succeed in College: Academic, Social and Emotional Stress

Michelle Gavin, MD

  • Depression and anxiety across the lifespan
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • When To See a Psychiatrist
  • Preventing Suicide
  • Psychopharmacology Ins and Outs

Francesca Giordano, PhD

Nikki Lively, LCSW

  • Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness
  • Bite-sized Mindfulness Meditation: Ancient Wisdom for Managing Stress
  • Leading With Compassion and Creativity: Emotional Growth and Personal Safety in the Workplace
  • Practicing Self-Care: Moving from “Should” to “Good” Habits
  • Preventing and Overcoming Burnout
  • The Postpartum Woman in Psychotherapy
  • Integrative Relational Approaches with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, PhD

  • Leading Your Family Through Seasons of Stress
  • When ‘happily ever after’ isn’t happy: The Family Institute research program on depression and couples
  • Enhancing Professional Growth Through Personal Wellness
  • Balancing Work and Personal Life

Linda Rubinowitz, PhD

Alexandra Solomon, PhD

  • Parenting Kids on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Intimacy and Marital Enhancement
  • Parenting College Students
  • Emotional Abuse in College Age Students