Dr. Saul is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed medical school at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine; a Peds/Psych/Child Psych internship at Indiana University Medical Center; a General Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals. She is interested in helping each person she works with find positive growth from adversity, build resilience, develop adaptive coping skills and learn effective problem solving. She promotes optimistic thinking to help children and adolescents respond to challenges encountered on a daily basis and to apply these skills in many contexts, including relationships with peers and family, lifelong learning, and other activities. She also hopes to provide skills that buffer against the effects of stress.
She studied at the Childhood Trust with Dr. Barbara Boat, Dr. Erna Olafson, and Dr. David Corwin, where she learned about clinical and forensic assessment of children who've been sexually abused and helped gather data for the Childhood Trust Events Survey. She also trained with Dr. Bruce Perry at the ChildTrauma Academy, where she strengthened her understanding of the ways that trauma affects neurodevelopment and behavior and helped develop materials for educating judges and lawyers about trauma.
Dr. Saul emphasizes a strength-based approach to treatment that helps one to overcome their areas of vulnerability. Dr. Saul chose training at the University of Chicago to gain experience working at one of the premier residential treatment programs in the country, the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, due to her interest in providing psychiatric care to children in out-of-home placement. She has brought this knowledge and experience to LSS, where she's cared for youth in residential treatment since 2009.