Julie Carbray, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC

  • Clinical Professor

Dr. Carbray holds her PhD (93) and Master of Science (88) degrees from Rush University, Chicago and her Bachelors of Science (87) degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has been on faculty at UIC since 1993.

Current Area of Teaching

As faculty in Nursing and Psychiatry, Dr. Carbray teaches course content in psychopharmacology, mood disorders, and development and therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents for students from various multidisciplinary programs within the UIC community. Dr. Carbray teaches content and clinical practicums in the psychiatric mental health doctor of nursing and nurse practitioner programs.

Service / Practice

As a clinician, Dr. Carbray has a national reputation of excellence in serving families of children with mood disorders and is an internationally recognized speaker and clinical expert on therapeutic work with children and adolescents with mood disorders. In particular, Dr. Carbray has expertise with psychopharmacologic interventions and developmentally based work with children and adolescents and has been a part of a team that has developed novel treatments for children with bipolar illness. Dr. Carbray has also been a liasion with the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, which trains officers about interacting with children with mental illness. Dr. Carbray is a leader in the field of advanced practice psychiatric nursing, and chairs the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute , Chairs the APNA Child and Adolescent Practice Council and serves as the legislative liaison for the Illinois APNA Board of Directors.

Selected Honors & Awards

Dr. Carbray was recognized by the UIC community in 2008 by receiving the Karen Gousman Excellence in Nursing Award and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Best Practices in Outpatient Mental Health Nursing Award. In 2012, Dr. Carbray was awarded the University of Illinois at Chicago Inspire award which honors employees who exhibit long-term, consistent, and outstanding service to the University and demonstrate a commitment to UIC's Core Values.

Selected Publications

Pavuluri, MN, Passarotti, AM, Lu, LH, Carbray, JA, Sweeney, JA (2011). Double –blind randomized trial of risperdone versus divalproex in pediatric bipolar disorder: fmri outcomes. Psychiatry Research, 2011.

Oleck, LG, Retano, A, Tebaldi, C, McGuinness, T, Weiss, S, Carbray, J, Rodgers, L, Donelson, E, Ashton, L, Koehn, D, McCoy, P (2011). Advanced practice psychiatric nurses legislative update: state of the states, 2010. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(2), 171-188.

Pavuluri MN, Passarotti AM, Lu LH, Carbray JA, Sweeney JA. Double-blind randomized trial of risperidone versus divalproex in pediatric bipolar disorder: fMRI outcomes. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 2011 Jul;193 (1):28-37. 2015

Carbray, JA, Cacchione, PZ, Limandri, B, Warren, BJ (2015). Issue1: Bipolar Spectrum Disorders: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Epidemiology Using a Recovery Paradigm. American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Carbray, J. A. Disorders of childhood and adolescence. In Moller’s “From Suffering to Hope: Mental Health Nursing Textbook”, January, 2015.

Delaney, KR, DeSocio, J, & Carbray, JA (2014). Psychotherapy with children. In Wheeler, K, Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse (2nd Ed), Springer, New York.

Current Research

Dr. Carbray currently is engaged in programs of research that are investigating the psychopharmacology of mood disorders, neurobiology of mood disorders, detecting depressive symptoms in minority youth, and family response to childhood mood disorders.  Dr. Carbray is currently involved in research that is testing models of care for children and adolescents with Mood Disorders, psychopharmacologic interventions in mood disorders, and has co-authored scientific papers in this area of expertise.

Current projects include:

Source: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Title:  Hemodynamic Biomarkers of Prefrontal-subcortical Circuits for Multiple Mood Mood States in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Date:  9/1/14-11/1/16
Principal Investigator:  Minjie Wu PhD
Percent time: 10%, Co-Investigator

Source:  NIMH 1R01MH85639-01A1
Title:  Developing Brain Function in Adolescent Bipolar Disorder
Date:  1/1/10-4/1/2013
Principal Investigator:  Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
Percent time:  10% Research Clinician                              

Source:  NIMH 5R01MH081019-02
Title:  Affective Neuroscience of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Date:  1/1/09-4/01/2013
Principal Investigator:  Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
Percent time:  10% Research Clinician

Source:  NICHD/NIMH (HHSN275200503406C)
Title:  Collaborative Lithium Trials (COLT): Pharmacokinetic trial followed by acute, discontinuation and follow up trials (Multi site Study: Robert Findling- Core PI)
Date:  9/30/05-4/01/2013
Principal Investigator: Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
Percent time: 5% Research Clinician

Source:  NIMH  1 K23 MH 79935-01A2
Principal Investigator: Amy West, Ph.D.
Julie Carbray PhD-clinician
Title:  Psychosocial Treatment in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Date:  07/01/08-06/30/13