Mindfulness Training

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About PSC

PSC Mission

The Psychological Services Center (PSC), is operated by the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Our Center directly contributes to the University mission of transforming lives and serving society by:

  • EDUCATING future leaders in the field of Psychology through our training and supervision of doctoral students in the Clinical/Community program
  • CREATING KNOWLEDGE through cutting edge research on culturally competent, evidence-based, mental health and community interventions and outcomes
  • PUTTING KNOWLEDGE TO WORK by providing culturally relevant, evidence-based, therapy, evaluations, workshops, and consultation services to local residents and campus members 


This combination of teaching, scholarship, service, and public engagement directly support the University's vision of excellence, innovation and leadership.

Commitment to Diversity

The PSC strives to serve diverse clients from different walks of life using culturally relevant, strength-based, and evidence-based approaches. It is important to us that everyone who seeks services at our Center is treated in a respectful and welcoming way. We also strive to be sensitive to the effects of diversity-related issues such as oppression and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, identity, religion, age, immigration status, military status, legal record, or other forms of intolerance.

Our Clinicians

Most of our therapy and group services are offered by pre-licensed, masters-level clinical trainees under the supervision of doctoral level faculty from the UIUC Clinical-Community Psychology program. Some services – where indicated – may be offered by doctoral level psychologists.

Our clinicians and supervisors are diverse in many ways and strive to be culturally sensitive to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender orientation, disability, religion, military standing and other human differences.

Our Clients

Our Center serves the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy community and surrounding area. Our clients come from all walks of life and include adults and adolescents from the community, as well as UIUC students, faculty and staff.

Our Fees

Fees for services provided by pre-licensed clinicians are very affordable. We use a generous sliding scale that depends on family size and income. No one is turned away for inability to pay.
We can only accept major insurance carriers (Health alliance, BC/BS) for services provided by our licensed clinical psychologists.

Specific fees are discussed during your first appointment.

UIUC Students, Faculty & Staff:

While most of our clients are members of the public, all of our services are open to members of the campus community. Students, faculty, and staff seeking psychological services may also want to explore these UIUC services offered by our campus partners:

UIUC Counseling Center (students). 217-333-3704
McKinley Health Center  (students). 217-333-2701
Faculty & Staff Assistance Program  (faculty, staff, retirees). 217-244-5312


The Psychological Services Center is located at 505 E. Green St. in Champaign, on the 3rd floor. The building is between 5th & 6th street (same building as the PNC Bank).

PSC Interim Co-Director
Amy Cohen, PhD

Dr. Amy Cohen is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical interests include early diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, evidenced-based intervention, ASD within a familial context, and pediatric neuropsychology.

PSC Interim Co-Director

Christopher L. Menard, Psy.D.
Dr. Menard is a licensed clinical psychologist. He graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007. He completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training in neuropsychological assessment at the Psychological Services Center with a focus on the assessment of ADHD and high functioning autism (i.e., aspergers) in children and adults. Currently, his work focuses on providing UIUC faculty/staff and graduate students with Mindfulness Training and with training clinical psychology doctoral students to teach the Mindfulness Training curriculum. He has attended professional trainings for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Mindfulness Training is based on MBSR & MBCT.

Dr. Menard is involved with his local community through supporting efforts to bring mindfulness into local schools. He is a board member of the local Mindfulness Teacher Foundation. Dr. Menard is also a parent. He and his wife are currently raising three very energetic boys.

PSC Office Manager: Sara Dubson, B.S. 

PSC Assistants:
Chinmayi Tengshe
Michael Kruepke
Rachel Leipow
Jacqueline Yi
Emily Blevins