Dr. Louisa Olushoga is a staff psychiatrist at Lawndale Christian Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center on the west side of Chicago. In this role, she works in collaboration with primary care providers to deliver psychiatric care to residents of North Lawndale and the surrounding areas to include multiple Chicago homeless shelters. She holds a faculty affiliation with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she supervises medical students and maintains continued involvement in research. She is an accomplished lecturer and a community resource on topics such as mental health care amongst vulnerable populations, collective trauma, and psychiatric diagnosis/treatment during the peripartum period. A passionate advocate for women’s mental health with a particular interest in minority populations, she helped establish the Women’s Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Chicago. She has worked as a consulting psychiatrist for the ERASE Trafficking program, a ground-breaking local effort to provide comprehensive care to survivors of sex and labor trafficking. Her commitment to the Chicago community and women’s health is evident in her work outside of the clinic having served as Associate Board President for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Dr. Olushoga received her B.A. in French Studies from Dartmouth College. She went on to graduate from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago. She augmented her training with a fellowship in Women’s Psychiatry at Northwestern University. During residency she received a prestigious American Psychiatric Association Diversity Leadership award and served on the APA Council of Minority Mental Health/Health Disparities. Dr. Olushoga’s research interests include women’s mental health and management of complex psychiatric issues within the context of trauma. She is currently an active member of Marcé of North America, American Psychiatric Association, and Illinois Psychiatric Society.