About Dr. C

drchildressAbout Dr. Childress
Barry L. Childress, M.D.
307 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1014
Chicago, Illinois 60601-5310
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Dr. Childress, a native Chicagoan, graduated with honors in psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 1961 and from the the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1965. After a general rotating internship at Illinois Masonic Hospital, he received his training in psychiatry and child psychiatry at the Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Hospital in Chicago; he completed this training in 1972. His specialty training was interrupted from 1969 to 1971 when he became Chief of Psychiatric Services and Regional Consultant to the Surgeon General at Shaw Air Force Base. In 1974, he began his psychoanalytic studies at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis from which he graduated in 1983 as an adult and child analyst.

Dr. Childress began his private practice of psychiatry in Chicago in 1972. In addition to organizing a clinic in the Air Force, he organized the psychiatric component of the Youth in Crisis Community Project in Berwyn, Illinois in 1972 and, at the same time, became the Director of Out-Patient Psychiatric Services at Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Hospital and reorganized their out-patient clinic. In 1975-76 he was the Associate Director and then the Director of the Child Psychiatry Section at the newly organized Rush-PSLH.

Dr. Childress became a faculty member of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training (CAPT) program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1979. From 1985 until 1999, he was the Director of that program and has since remained as an administrative consultant. During this same time (1982 – 89), he was consultant to the Family Stabilization and Child Shelter Projects at Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park, Illinois. He was instrumental in designing both the in-community and the in-shelter assessment of children and their families when questions of abuse and neglect were raised.

Dr. Childress was the Chairman of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Committee at the Chicago Institute for a three year term beginning in 1987. In 1991 he became a member of the Barr-Harris Parent Loss Center. After being a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, a Child Section Conference Leader at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Center, and an Administrative School Consultant to Francis W. Parker School of Chicago, Dr. Childress began the formation of a clinic at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1990. He was the Director of Clinical Services there from 1994 until 2004. In 2002 that clinic was recognized by the American Psychoanalytic Association as the Community Service Clinic of the Year nationally.


American Psychoanalytic Association
Association of Child Psychoanalysts
Chicago Child Psychoanalytic Forum
Chicago Psychoanalytic Society


The Analysis of a Child with Focus on the Introduction and Removal of Parameters (1983 unpublished graduation paper)

Working with Parents Through the Diagnostic Process
Bulletin of the Association of Child Psychotherapists,
Vol. 8, Number 1, 1987

Co-editor with Jaquelyn Sanders (Director of the Sonia
Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago)
Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Very Troubled Child
1989 By the Hayworth Press — also published in Residential
Treatment for Children and Youth, Vol. 6, Number 4, 1989

About Child Abuse — a paper presented in a Public Forum Series
sponsored by the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis at
the First Chicago Center on 17 April 1991

Co-editor with Jaquelyn Sanders (Director of the Sonia
Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago)
Severely Disturbed Youngsters and the Parental Alliance
1992 By the Hayworth Press — also published in Residential
Treatment for Children and Youth, Vol. 9, Number 4, 1992

This book includes his paper Thinking about Parents and
Rescuing Children


Listed in Chicago Magazine’s January 1997 issue as one of the top 2.5% of practicing physicians in Chicago, based on a peer nominated selection, compiled by the editors of The Best Doctors in America

This honor was repeated (again unsolicited) in the January 2001 issue of Chicago Magazine

The annual Best Doctor honor has been awarded each year since 1997 through 2011/2012

Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who (#179490)
published in the 2001 edition

The clinic at the Chicago Institute which he organized and directed was recognized as the national “Community Service Clinic of the Year—2002” by the American Psychoanalytic Association on only the second year of the award’s existence.