Sheila Dowd, PhD

Associate Professor 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College
Role: Administrator, Clinician and Researcher
Joined Rush in 2014


I was born and raised in the Chicago area. I went to Loyola University for undergrad and UIC for graduate schooI. I am a clinician researcher with expertise in the treatment of depression and anxiety.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I knew in high school after my first psychology class that I wanted to be a Clinical Psychologist. The brain is fascinating and I wanted to learn everything I could about how it works.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush wants to treat everyone that walks through their door. I want to be there to provide innovative evidenced based treatment in a community that respects everyone.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I would not be where I am without the mentorship I received. This is a complicated field to negotiate so find your mentor or sponsor and observe.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

It takes a lot of time and commitment to get a PhD in psychology, but it is very rewarding to help someone at their darkest time.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I love the outdoors! I am happy anytime I can be outside whether it be walking, working in the garden or riding my bike.