Meet Allison! Allison M. Precht, MA, LPC, CADC, joined MAHA as Director of Programs in December 2020. Allison is a motivated and passionate dual-master’s prepared community leader with 20+ years’ public health/human services experience promoting access to healthful living for diverse and underserved communities. Allison brings extensive research and program development experience at the local and national level. Prior to joining MAHA, Allison spent the last 16 years at a Cook County “one-stop” public safety-net outpatient center for the treatment, research, and prevention of infectious diseases. Allison received national recognition for her work implementing a Peer Patient Navigator model to enhance engagement and retention of HIV-Positive Women of Color in care. Allison serves as a member of the Malcolm X Community Health Worker Program Advisory Council and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor. She completed her clinical psychology training at Rush University Medical Center in its inpatient palliative care and hospice programs and outpatient individual and group-level bereavement counseling through Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care.
Welcome Dr. Liu! Nina Ni Liu, M.D., Ph.D. is MAHA's newest psychiatrist. She is also currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and a Senior Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Attending in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Northshore University Health System, affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Chicago; Dr. Liu completed both her General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the University of Chicago. She is a board member of Illinois Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association (ICCAP), and a member of American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She is also the President of American Mental Health Group (AMHG) whose aim is to promote mental health in China. She is also an active member of the University of Chicago’s Global Mental Health Initiative.
Dr. Liu finished her MD in 1989, Mater degree in Medicine in 1992, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in 1999. During her training as a post doc fellow at the University of Chicago she cloned a new gene and found its function in the anti- apoptosis of T memory cell. This founding was published in the world prestigious Journal of Nature Immunology and EMBO. She was then employed at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor before she pursued her career in psychiatry in 2006. Over the years, Dr. Liu has committed to the cultural and academic exchanges between China and US. She is invited to give lectures and training courses to the pediatricians and child psychiatrists in China very year. She is currently engaged in the behavioral vaccination of internet based intervention for Adolescent Depression in China. Her clinical interest includes depression, anxiety, psychosis and other mood disorder, as well as ADHD, and Autism spectrum disorder etc. She is actively in promoting Child Mental Health both in US and in China.