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Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology.


Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson has over 20 years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and their families.  She has successfully worked with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce, and parenting concerns.  Her work with children, adolescents, and their families include facilitating families navigating ADHD issues, school noncompliance, divorce, mood disorders, IEP issues, oppositional defiance, and helping young adults transition into the adult stage of life.


The population of children/adolescents she has worked with include both inpatient and outpatient children/adolescents whose diagnoses warranted extended treatment due to developing personality disorders, as well as more brief interventions for oppositionally defiant or less behaviorally destructive children and their families. Dr. Carlson was also involved in the development of an intensive outpatient adolescent program at Christ Hospital.


In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Carlson taught Developmental Psychology classes to undergraduate level students. Additionally, she has led parent education classes, teacher workshops, and has conducted staffings with parents and staff in the Cicero school district.


Dr. Carlson has extensive experience in multidisciplinary settings and in working collaboratively with parents, schools, physicians, psychiatrists, and other professionals.


Dr. Dorough-Carlson also has special expertise in the following areas:
  • Abuse
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Bullying
  • Divorce
  • Family Problems
  • Giftedness
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital Concerns
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum
  • School Problems
  • Self-Harm
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Trauma
  • Work Issues

Dr. Shirley can be reached by phone at 630.718.0717, ext. 203 or email For immediate assistance to schedule an appointment, please connect with one of our Client Care Specialists at 630.718.0717, ext. 240