Our clinical leadership are among the foremost national experts and pioneers in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology and therapy.
Regional Managing Medical Director Physician: Steven Prinz, MD
Steven Prinz, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Insight. Dr. Prinz works with Insight’s multidisciplinary treatment team to deliver direct psychiatric care and medication management.
Dr. Prinz brings extensive expertise in the treatment of serious behavioral health conditions including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury and substance use disorders. Prior to joining Insight’s medical team, Dr. Prinz served as Medical Director of the Eating Disorder Program and Anxiety Disorder Program at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville, IL. As Director of the Eating Disorder Program for over 22 years, he provided leadership to a multidisciplinary medical treatment team and oversight for inpatient and outpatient levels of care, including Arabella House, a residential care center for eating disorder patients. Dr. Prinz also provided direct psychiatric care and medical management to adult and adolescent patients at Linden Oaks. Since 1994, he has delivered psychiatric care to patients and families struggling with behavioral health concerns in his private practice, Genesis Clinical Services.
Dr. Prinz is a dedicated advocate for behavioral health awareness and education among professionals and consumers alike. He is committed to educating the next generation of physicians in Chicago, providing education and supervision to medical students at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He is also a coauthor of The Anxious Brain (W. W. Norton & Co., 2007), a clinical guide describing brain structure and function and neurotransmitter activity in an effort to help psychotherapists better understand, diagnose and effectively treat anxiety disorders. Additionally, Dr. Prinz has held several leadership designations within the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). He currently provides organizational leadership and oversight as a Regional Board Member, and previously served as Vice President and President of the Scientific Committee for ANAD. Dr. Prinz is also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Prinz earned his undergraduate degree at Loyola University of Chicago and his Doctor of Medicine at the Chicago Medical School. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.
Regional Managing Clinical Director: Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S
Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S, has a wealth and breadth of experience treating adults and adolescents with mood, anxiety and eating disorders. She is Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience in the field of eating disorders and women’s mental health issues and has taught and supervised Psychiatry residents and fellows as well as Clinical Psychology interns and externs for over two decades. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Clinical Psychology Internship and Fellowship Program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2013.
Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher is a senior RO DBT clinician, training directly under Tom Lynch and she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of DBT, FBT (Family-Based Treatment), and is a frequent presenter at national eating disorders conferences. Dr. Astrachan-Fletcher has been instrumental in research collaborations with Daniel Le Grange, Tom Lynch and others. She has helped to make empirically based and innovative treatments translatable for the private sector. She co-authored The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life (2009), which is used at eating disorders treatment facilities throughout the country.
Medical Director – Delia Aldridge, MD, CEDS-S
Dr. Delia Aldridge is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with 17 years of experience in treating adults and adolescents with eating disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, substance abuse, self injury, mood and anxiety disorders .
Prior to joining ERC, Dr Aldridge was the Medical Director for AMITA Health, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Medicine Institute - Center for Eating Disorders in Hoffman Estates, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
As an expert in refeeding, she has established a premier refeeding service for pediatric and adult patients with complex psychiatric comorbid conditions including self-injury, PTSD, mood disorders and substance use disorders.
She then earned her medical degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania and completed residency with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University (formerly Finch University) /The Chicago Medical School, where she graduated with Academic Honors in recognition of her commitment to excellence over the course of training. Dr Aldridge served as Academic Chief Resident and was appointed Instructor in Psychiatry during her last year of residency, while she was also the Psychiatry Clerkship Coordinator. She received Resident Teacher of the year award ( 2001) and Distinguished Service Award (2002) from Finch University/The Chicago Medical School.
Presently, Dr. Aldridge is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University/ The Chicago Medical School, teaching medical students and residents about medical complications of eating disorders.
Dr Aldridge’s passion for highest standards in the treatment of eating disorders led her to join the IAEDP Certification Committee where she is actively involved in improving and simplifying the certification process for physicians and nurse practitioners, including International applications. Dr Aldridge is the Certification Chair for Heartland IAEDP and currently , the only MD that is IAEDP Approved supervisor in Illinois – allowing her to provide IAEDP supervision for psychiatrists and nurse practitioners pursuing their eating disorders certification.
Dr. Aldridge co-authored numerous articles and poster presentations, among which recent article in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health online journal called Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents. Along with her staff, Dr. Aldridge published a chapter in the 2014 book, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders called "Eating Disorders and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: From Primary Care to Inpatient Hospitalization."
Dr. Aldridge is also one of the clinical contributors in the book: Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions, addressing the practical approach of psychiatrist in treating this challenging behavior.
Dr Aldridge is volunteering in the Advisory Board for NAMI of Barrington and served in the Finance Committee for the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is a member of American Psychiatric Association, the Illinois Psychiatric Society , the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals and Academy for Eating Disorders.
Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services: Elizabeth Curran, LCPC
Elizabeth Curran is the Clinical Director of Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder and Mood and Anxiety Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs at Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Illinois. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, and school refusal.
Her clinical focus is utilizing components of Family Based Therapy (FBT) with Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) to support and empower families. Her training in utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT) allows her to provide coping strategies to support both the over controlled and under controlled client. In addition, she is focused on utilizing hierarchy-based exposures to decrease avoidance by utilizing the Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) model.