Sheila M. Dowd, PhD

Sheila M. Dowd, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician
Joined Rush in 2004


I graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and went on to get my PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My research & clinical work focus on novel treatments for depression and anxiety.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I love working together with people to enhance resiliency and strength.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush is a hospital that serves the community.

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

Mentoring is a part of the foundation to building an academic career. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support and knowledge gained from my mentors.

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

Psychology is a very competitive field, when faced with criticism or rejection, find that nugget of information that helps you grow and set the rest aside.

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

I love having a relaxing dinner and going to see a play where you escape to another place.