Robert Foltz

Robert Foltz

Department Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    Clinical Psychology, Child & Adolescent Track

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
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Dr. Foltz earned his doctorate in psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2000. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate training, he worked in psychiatric inpatient units with adults and youth struggling with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. Dr. Foltz has devoted considerable focus to the treatment of severely disturbed adults and adolescents in Inpatient and Residential Treatment settings. Since early in his studies, Dr. Foltz has been interested in the psychological treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia. As his clinical experiences evolved, he became invested in exploring the interplay between psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in the treatment severe conditions. Dr. Foltz has provided clinical services, as well as administrative services in Residential Treatment settings around the Chicago area for over 15 years. He has consulted with school districts in the assessment of troubled youth and has maintained an active private practice since 1999.

Dr. Foltz is also on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and the Editorial Board for Reclaiming Children & Youth. His professional and clinical interests include child / adolescent psychopathology, psychopharmacology, the psychological & neurological impact of trauma, and critical evaluation of evidence-based treatments. Current research includes the Adolescent Subjective Experience of Treatment study. This project involves assessing youth, currently placed in residential treatment, on what they perceive as the most effective (and ineffective) components of multidisciplinary care. Areas of inquiry include psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, and milieu treatments. The project is also assessing levels of trauma, strength-based strategies, and measures of resiliency. Research clerkship students may be involved in direct interviews of youth, data entry, data analysis, and writing. Results of this study have been presented at the American Psychological Association in 2011, 2012 and 2014, as well as conferences for Reclaiming Youth International and the American Association of Children's Residential Centers.

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology - Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology - Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • B.S., Psychology & Philosophy - Western Michigan University
  • Clinical Psychologist, Illinois & Michigan
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • “Perceived Effectiveness of Psychotropic Medications:  Does Trauma Make a Difference?” – American Psychological Association, National Conference, Washington, D.C., August, 2014.

  • “TherapyWise:  Understanding How Trauma Can Influence the Response to Treatment” – Reclaiming Youth International, June, 2014.

  • “DSM 5 and its Impact on Youth” – provided for PESI continuing education in 2013 & 2014.

  • “Psychotropic Polypharmacy in Severely Disturbed Youth: Trends & Perceived Effectiveness” – American Psychological Association, Orlando, 2012. 

  • “The Legacy of Trauma” – American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, National Conference, New Orleans, April, 2012 

  • “Adolescent Subjective Experience of Treatment” – American Psychological Association, August, 2011 

  • “The Teen’s Perspective of the Residential Treatment Experience” Reclaiming Children and Youth International Conference, June, 2011. 

  • “Adolescent Subjective Experience of Treatment” – American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, National Conference, Seattle, WA., April, 2011. 

  • “Developmental Audit – Training for Trainers” Co-Presented with Dr. Larry Brendtro. Reclaiming Youth International Conference, Victoria, British Columbia. April 18 - 20, 2010. 

  • “Understanding Psychopathology in Youth & the Impact on a Strength-Based Environment” Casa Pacifica, Camarillo, California. December, 2009. 

  • “Current Challenges Treating Mood Disorders in Adolescents” International Center for the Study of Psychiatry & Psychology, Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY. October 2009 
  • “New Frontiers in Evidence Based Practice”, Michigan Federation of Children’s Agencies, Lansing, Michigan, November, 2008 

  • “From Prescription to Panacea” Roots & Wings Conference, Detroit, Michigan, September, 2008.

Select Publications

  • Quisenberry, C. & Foltz, R.  (2013) Resilient Youth in Residential Care, Residential Treatment For Children & Youth, 30:4, 280-293, DOI:  10.1080/0886571X.2013.852448

  • Foltz, R. and Huefner, J.  (2013).  The Subjective Experience of Being Medicated in Troubled Youth:  A Sample from Residential Treatment.  Journal of Child & Family Studies, published online:  October, 2013.

  • Foltz, R., Dang, S., Daniels, B., Doyle, H., McFee, S., Quisenberry, C. (2013).  When Diagnostic Labels Mask Trauma.  Reclaiming Children and Youth, 22(2).

  • Foltz, R.  (2012).  Twenty Years of Medicating Youth:  Are we better off?  Reclaiming Children and Youth, 20(4).

  • Foltz, R. (2011).  Re-ED Principles in Evidence-Based Standards.  Reclaiming Children and Youth, 19(4). 28-32.

  • Foltz, R. (2010). Determining the Rulers of Evidence: Medicating our youth based on popular opinion versus reliable science. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 19(2). 10-15.

  • Foltz., R. (2008). Medicating Relational Trauma in Youth. Reclaiming Children and Youth, Vol. 17(3). 3-8.

  • Foltz, R. (2008). "The Experience of Being Medicated in Schizophrenia: A Subjective Inquiry and Implications for Psychotherapy" in Beyond Medications:

  • Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis. Garfield, D. & Mackler, D. (Eds).

  • Foltz, R. (2008). "Behind the Veil of Conduct Disorder: Challenging Current Assumptions in Search of Strengths" Reclaiming Children and Youth, Vol. 16(4). 5 - 9.

  • Foltz, R. (2006). "The Mistreatment of Mood Disorders in Youth" Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 8(2). 147-155.

  • Foltz, R. (2006). "Balancing the Imbalance: Integrating a Strength-Based Approach with a Medical Model" Reclaiming Children and Youth, Vol. 15 (2). 92 - 94.

  • Foltz, R. (2004). "The Efficacy of Residential Treatment: Overview of the Evidence" Residential Treatment forChildren & Youth, Vol. 22(2).

  • Foltz, R. (2004). "Courage Building in Psychotic Youth" in Reclaiming Children and Youth, Vol. 12(4). 245 - 247.


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.

A. I believe that the educational process is an ongoing, dynamic experience. As an instructor, inspiring a hunger & curiosity for information is essential, but equally important is an openness to cultivate new ideas, challenge our current beliefs/assumptions, and to examine issues from a multitude of perspectives & disciplines. My hope is to create a learning environment in which students have the ability to share their ideas, create new perspectives, and critically examine the available information. In preparation to become a psychologist, it is imperative to approach the educational process using applied skills, thorough review of the literature, and to enhance one's ability to reflect on their own experiences, using all of these elements in an effort to enter the field in a positive, productive way.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association of Children’s Residential Centers
  • Illinois Child Trauma Coalition
  • International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia & Other Psychoses

Professional Practice

Dr. Foltz maintains a private practice in the suburb of Park Ridge. He provides psychotherapy and consultation services to adults & adolescents. Please feel free to contact him at 847.518.9546.