Robert Foltz



Robert Foltz

Department Faculty

  • Associate Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
Office 343
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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 Association of Children's Residential Centers. His professional and clinical interests include child / adolescent psychopathology, psychopharmacology, the psychological & neurological impact of trauma, and critical evaluation of evidence-based treatments. Recent research included the Adolescent Subjective Experience of Treatment study. This project involved assessing youth, currently placed in residential treatment, on what they perceive as the most effective (and ineffective) components of multidisciplinary care. Areas of inquiry included psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, and milieu treatments. The project also assessed levels of trauma, strength-based strategies, and measures of resiliency. Research results were used in several dissertations and publications. 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.

Education History
Degree Institution
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
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member Association of Children's Residential Centers
Clinical Psychologist, Illinois & Michigan

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.


Foltz, R., Brendtro, L., & Mitchell, M (2015). The Vital Balance. In Brendtro, L. & Mitchell, M. (Ed.) Deep Brain Learning: Evidence-based \ essentials in education, treatment, and youth development: Circle of Courage.


Krishnan, M., Bellonci, C., Foltz, R., and Lieberman, R (2016). Redefining Residential: Toward Rational Use of Psychotropic Medication. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 33 (1), 3-12.

Professional Skills
Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotic Disorders, Trauma, Residential Treatment for Youth