We’ve included a short biography for each of our staff to assist you in selecting the staff members whose expertise corresponds to the nature of your difficulties.
Dr. Muhammad Junaid, MD, Board-Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Junaid joins Neuropsych after 9 years practicing in various settings on the North Shore, most recently as Medical Director for Day Programs at Northshore University Healthcare. Dr. Junaid graduated from Dow University Medical School in 2002 and subsequently completed his Residency in General Psychiatry in New York at Nassau University Medical Center in 2009. He completed his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2011.
Dr. Junaid will begin seeing patients in May 2018 exclusively in Neuropsych’s Vernon Hills office.
He has particular interest in treating children with mood and anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. He will care for patients ages 3-49.
Dr. Stephen G. Galston, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Galston is President of Neuropsychiatric Associates of Illinois. He also works with the outpatients at Insight Behavioral Health Center in Northbrook and at The Center for Discovery, a residential treatment facility in Glenview.
He did his undergraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He then went on to medical school at Chicago Medical School and did his psychiatric training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has taught medical students, psychiatric residents and psychiatric fellows at both Northwestern and the University of Chicago Schools of Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In private practice he specializes in all areas of adolescent and adult psychiatry, with special interests in eating disorders, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Dr Galston has lectured throughout the Chicago area on the treatment of eating disorders and psychopharmacology. He treats adolescent and adult patients in our Northbrook and Vernon Hills offices.
Dr. James S. Marks, MD, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Dr. Marks is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a partner at Neuropsych, where he has worked since 1991. Additionally, Dr. Marks serves as medical director for Theramind Services, a provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (“tms”).
Dr. Marks graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1988. He also earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from the U of I. He did Residency training at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he served as Chief Resident in 1991-92. Dr. Marks practices General Psychiatry, seeing patients ages 11 and older for diagnosis and medication treatment of problems with mood, thinking and behavior. He has particular interest in Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Depression.
Dr. Marks sees patients exclusively at the Vernon Hills office.
Kim Lazarus, LCSW, Therapist
Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 and her Master’s of Social Work Degree from Loyola University in 1995. Following graduate school, Kim worked for The Jewish Children’s Bureau (JCB) Therapeutic Day School in Chicago treating students with behavioral and emotional problems in individual and group settings. In therapy with Kim, students worked on anger management and social skills training. Kim completed case seminars for advanced clinical seminars, accessed community resources for clients and linked graduating students with trade schools and outside services.
In 1998, Kim left JCB to begin motherhood but soon returned to the work force where she began her career as a psychotherapist at Neuropsych. Over the past 13 years at Neuropsych, Kim has treated adolescents, adults and couples with a variety of social/emotional issues primarily depressive and anxiety struggles.
Her personal style begins with creating a non-judgmental, trusting therapeutic relationship with her patients in order to more comfortably address their life challenges. The modalities incorporated in therapy are eclectic garnering from Affective Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In addition to skill building through therapy, Kim collaborates with the support systems of her patients and outside resources to best help those in her care to reach their highest potential of comfort and personal growth.
Lauren Raphael, LCSW, Therapist
I truly enjoy helping others problem solve and enhance their communication skills in order to increase successful outcomes in relationships.
I have been working for Neuropsych for over ten years. My background is in child and family therapy. I attended Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I obtained my masters of social work in 1995. I entered the field of social work by helping parents build families through international adoption. After staying home with my children for seven years, I was very excited to join the team at Neuropsych in 2005.
In 2009, I obtained my Type 73 certification which gave me the ability to help children and adolescents in school settings. This added to my skillset by helping parents advocate for their children while navigating the school system, and also expanding my knowledge and perspective on child and adolescent behavior. Over the years, I have helped adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of mental health and medical issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, crisis situations and self-injurious types of behaviors. In addition, I specialize in marital and family therapy.
David S. Schwartz, LCPC, Therapist
My mission is to help clients develop closer relationships, increase their self-awareness, and learn to value the joy that comes with the freedom to fully express oneself as he or she was meant to be.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. I specialize in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families, and couples. I strive to create an atmosphere conducive to the development of a secure and trusting therapeutic relationship. Knowing that this process unfolds differently for each participant, I believe that one of my most important tasks as a therapist is ensuring that this therapeutic environment is unique and specific to the needs of each individual client.