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Dr. Dennis McGuire

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Director of Psychosocial Service

Local Address: Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
3551 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove , Illinois 60515
United States

Company Description: As the philanthropic arm of Advocate Children's Hospital, Advocate Charitable Foundation builds relationships and partnerships across Chicagoland and Central...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
  • Ph.D.
    Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
  • master's degree
    University of Chicago
  • doctorate
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • PhD.
  • MA degree
    University of Chicago
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Web References
Purple Apple to Donate Proceeds to NADS, 14 July 2014 [cached]
I have known Dennis McGuire since 1988 when he was working on his PhD at UIC. At that time NADS developed a fellowship at UIC and Dennis became our Fellow. Early on, he worked with our families in their homes and he also visited adults with Down syndrome when problems arose in work settings and sometimes in schools. Through Dennis' work we realized that many of the problems our adults were experiencing also required medical treatment and, therefore, we pursued the development of a clinic that would serve the medical and psychosocial needs of adults with Down syndrome.
We were blessed when Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge agreed to serve our adults and the Adult Down Syndrome Center (ADSC) opened in 1990. Dr. Brian Chicoine became the Medical Director and Dr. McGuire became Director of Psychosocial Services.
So, this moment of Dennis' departure from the ADSC is bittersweet for us- bitter because Dennis has been an important thread woven with love into the tapestry that is the Adult Down Syndrome Center and we will miss his presence, his insights and his gentleness in the daily life of the ADSC. Sweet because he is now in a position to spend more time working with parents and professionals in small group settings. This will provide him an opportunity to share the valuable lessons of life he has learned from teens and adults with Down syndrome and their families at the Adult Down Syndrome Center.
Dennis has learned that individuals with Down syndrome have a host of unique and interesting behavioral characteristics such as self-talk, set routines or "grooves," visual (photographic-like) memory and sensitivity to others. He has written articles on Groves and Self-Talk and other articles that have great value to parents and professionals. He also co-authored with Dr. Chicoine, 2 books published by Woodbine House, Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome and The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down syndrome.
Please see the attached brochure, which describes next steps for Dennis and it also contains his phone number and e-mail address.
All those involved in NADS salute Dennis for his wonderful contributions to the Adult Down Syndrome Center. We also thank him for the excellent presentations he has given throughout the U.S. and in other countries as well, but we especially thank him for being the best FELLOW that any organization could hope for.
Denver Adult Down Syndrome Clinic - Staff Profiles, 19 Nov 2014 [cached]
Dr. Dennis McGuire Joins Global Down Syndrome Foundation to Help Establish a Center of Excellence for Adult Care and Health Related Programs Follow Us!
Dr. Dennis McGuire
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation ("Global") has hired Down syndrome behavioral expert Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., to help establish a world-class medical care and research center for adults with Down syndrome under the umbrella of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. The Clinic has expanded from two to four days a month on certain Wednesdays and Fridays.
McGuire has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities and is the former Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago, the largest, most prestigious clinic for adults with Down syndrome in the United States. He helped establish the center, which serves over 4,000 unique adult patients with Down syndrome each year.
He received the National Down Syndrome Congress' Theodore D. Tjossem Research Award in 2003 and the World Down Syndrome Day Scientific Award in 2010, and he was the featured speaker at the 2011 Global Down Syndrome Educational Series.
McGuire received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master's degree from the University of Chicago.
Global Down Syndrome Foundation blog, 8 July 2014 [cached]
Dennis McGuire, PhD, Senior Consultant, Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria : Down Syndrome Association Nigeria, 8 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dr. Dennis McGuire - Director of Psychosocial Services, Adult Down Syndrome Center, Lutheran General Hospital; Scientific Advisory Research Group, DSi
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