Frederick E. Miller

Frederick E. Miller, MD, PhD

Dr. Frederick E. Miller has served as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at NorthShore University HealthSystem since 1999. The Department now services all four hospitals of the NorthShore HealthSystem, with expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, eating disorders, adolescent psychiatry, community psychiatry, medical psychiatry and neuropsychology. Dr. Miller’s initial goals of expanding clinical services, producing a fiscally viable department and attracting new research entities have been realized. He continues to pursue new and exciting ventures for the Department with plans for enhanced services for children and their families, health psychology and clinical research trials.

He has been an active member of the NorthShore community, currently serving as chair of the Council of Chairs, formerly chaired the Physicians’ Health Committee, and the Human Resources Committee.

Dr. Miller has strong academic credentials. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. with honors. He also received a PhD from the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences at the University of Chicago and finally obtained his MD with honors there as well. Dr. Miller completed his residency in Psychiatry from the University of Illinois where he served as Chief Resident. He is the author of numerous publications ranging from laboratory-based studies on psychopharmacology, clinical pharmacology, studies of grief and mourning among families of the mentally ill and the piloting of an original instrument to assess the construct of stigma. He has conducted numerous funded research projects including clinical drug trials as well as original research.

A recent report of the Surgeon General of the United States pointed to a crisis in mental health among youth. The prevalence of diagnosable mental health and substance abuse problems among teens led Dr. Miller to develop tools to reach the adolescent population. This need led Dr. Miller to produce the “There’s No Such Thing as Crazy” program, a film and internet based anti-stigma venture. He is the producer of five films on teen mental health. His films have been the recipients of awards including a Telly Award and a SAMHSA Voice Award. Additionally, Dr. Miller was contracted by the National Institute of Health to produce a film for a nationally distributed mental health education program for all middle and high schools. He continues to use novel approaches including the internet, animation, and even comedy to approach the issue of mental health awareness.