Michael Topel, PsyD, Psychologist
Michael Topel has a background in the creative arts and in team leadership and has been in private practice since 2009 and working in clinical mood research with Rush University Medical center since 2008.
Michael Topel is a practicing psychotherapist and partner in Psychiatric Medical Associates, LLC (PMA), in Skokie, and in Chicago, Illinois. He specializes in adults, couples and teens through young adults managing academic, social and career challenges common to "emerging adulthood." Dr. Topel also does a great deal of work in executive coaching, mediation and increased collaboration with groups and businesses in the surrounding area. When Dr. Topel is not helping private clients, he coordinates cutting-edge unipolar and bipolar research projects at Rush University for The Woman’s Board Depression Treatment and Research Center (TRC). Dr. Topel has participated in research projects on numerous clinical trials with the TRC, Psychiatric Medicine Associates and others, and has been published on mood disorder treatments and on couple’s therapies. Dr. Topel has appeared on local Chicago radio and television programs as a mood disorder expert.
Prior to his counseling practice, he has coached executives and business leaders as an affiliate of both Focus Consulting and Whetstone Consulting. His specialty is working with boutique firms, family-held businesses and creative individuals. Additionally, Dr. Topel is a diplomate of the Center for Conflict Resolution and works as a mediator to help resolve business, civil and domestic disputes, including separation, divorce and custody.
Dr. Topel earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. His doctoral dissertation, conducted at Rush, is entitled, “A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel-group Study of Flexible Dose Mixed Salts Amphetamine (5-60 mg) Adjunctive to Antidepressant Therapy among Adult Outpatients with Major Depressive Disorder Responding Inadequately to Current Antidepressant Therapy."