Dr. Rena Goodfriend-Leve, MD
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Dr. Rena Goodfriend-Leve, MD


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | Female


Dr. Rena Goodfriend-Leve, MD is a child & adolescent psychiatry doctor who practices in Evanston, IL. She is 61 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Dr. Goodfriend-Leve is affiliated with Evanston Hospital.

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Patient Reviews (7)
Evanston, IL |
My daughter saw this doctor for depression. Despite a history of seizures in the past (she was seizure free for four years), she was given a medication with seizures as a prominent side effect. This medication was prescribed in an amount far beyond FDA recommended dosing. My daughter had multiple seizures, called the doctor, did not get an answer for over 48 hours. She had a seizure in the street, almost got hit by a bus and was hospitalized. Don't go to this doctor if you have a choice.
in Chicago |
Funny her name is Dr. Goodfriend, because she was not a "good friend" to me. I had to go to an outpatient program in the Evanston area to try and get my depression under control. Unfortunately, I was first assigned to Dr. Goodfriend while in the program and became so upset with how cold and rude she was, I actually burst into tears in front of her and other staff members, and that's when they finally switched me to a different doctor. She basically has no compassion. Not good for a "doctor".
in Evanston, IL |
She is lacking in social skills; is very stiff and cold; and is just completely unrelatable to teens. I wasn't impressed with her medication choices in that she doesn't prioritize those medications that have been clinically proven to work, safely, for adolescents. Might work ok for kids who don't question anything and who just do as they're told. Still doesn't know her meds all that well. On the plus side: has lots of appointments available because she's not at all popular.
Evanston, IL |
Dr. Goodfriend has a very coldly analytical point of view which I think may askew her ability to treat patients. I've had occasions where her very style was so intractable and invasive that it provoked irritation, and instead of perhaps having an awareness of the social implications of her line of questioning, assumed I was constantly irritable and needed more medication. It seems she considers her job only to interview (not conversate) and then increase dosages.
in Evanston, IL |
As a former patient, I can attest to her kindness and care.
in Chicago |
Dr. Goodfriend is an amazing Doctor she knows what patients need. I have a child with ASD and behavioral issues. Therapy alone was not working/was not functional at all! dr. Goodfriend knew exactly what my child needed. Due to her high level of expertise she has changed our lives for the better :) I cannot thank her enough!!!
Finally realized that Dr. Goodfriend is not such a good friend. She only gives my daughter and I 3 minutes of time. She asks her how she is, either good or bad. If good, she gives a refill on persecution. If bad she increases the meds. She doesn't want to know why or what's going on. If you bring it up she says to talk to her therapist. Two visits ago she doubled the dosage, last visit my daughter still wasn't well, she wanted to up meds again..my daughter said no! We won't go back
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Dr. Goodfriend-Leve's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  •  Board certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Schizophrenia


  • Medical School
    Rush Medical College Of Rush University

    Graduated in 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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  • Psychiatric Evaluation