Camp STAR - Summer Treatment Program

Camp STAR was founded in 2008 and is the only treatment program of this type in Illinois, and one of only 12 programs across the world for children with ADHD and related disorders.

Camp STAR adheres to the evidence-based therapeutic Summer Treatment Program (STP) model developed by William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., a leading psychologist in the field of ADHD research. The STP model delivers treatment tailored to children’s individual behavioral and learning needs and has over 30 years of research supporting its effectiveness.

The STP treatment model used at Camp STAR has received numerous accolades:

  • Named as a Model Program for Child and Family Mental Health by the Division of Child, Youth, and Family Services of the American Psychological Association.
  • Awarded Program of the Year by CHADD, a national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD.
  • Listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
  • The STP treatment model has been used in clinical trials conducted with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Who is eligible?

  • Children entering  grades 1 – 5 for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • We are excited to introduce our new STAR middle school program for summer 2016!
    (Children entering grades 6 – 7)


  •  Mon June 20 – Fri Aug 5, 2016.
  • 9 am – 4:30 pm

Where? Camp STAR is based in Highland Park, IL.
The summer location for Camp STAR is Indian Trail Elementary School.
During the school year, base operations are at JCYS Lutz Family Center, 800 Clavey Rd.

What are other parents saying about Camp STAR? See parent testimonials. 

Why enroll your child at Camp STAR? See Our Program for more information about the activities and interventions at Camp STAR.

Camp STAR brochure

Our Staff

Counselors and Teachers are nationally recruited, advanced undergraduate and graduate students who receive intensive training in behavioral and psychosocial treatments.

Interested in working at Camp STAR?

Download Info & Instructions for employee applications here, and the application form here.

Pediatricians from the University of Chicago Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics observe and consult throughout Camp STAR.


Clinical Staff (Year-Round)

Kristine Kent, M.A., Director

Dr. Kent joined the Camp STAR team in 2015. She completed her graduate training in clinical psychology with the program developer of the Summer Treatment Program for Children (STP), the model of treatment upon which Camp STAR is based. Dr. Kent focuses on providing evidence-based treatments to children and their families, and she specializes in assessment and treatment of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. She is based year-round at the Lutz Family Center in Highland Park.


Amy Shimoni, M.Ed.

Amy Shimoni is the Child and Family Development Specialist at the George W. Lutz Family Center in Highland Park. She is a certified Developmental Therapist and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, and has been a member of the Camp STAR team for six years.


Clinical Staff (Summer Consultants)

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D.

Dr. Chronis-Tuscano, an internationally-recognized expert on the topic of ADHD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and Director of the Maryland ADHD Program. She is the recipient of several grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has written over 50 scholarly publications on the topic of ADHD and is a member of the CHADD Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Chronis-Tuscano has worked closely with the developer of the Children’s Summer Treatment Program on which Camp STAR is based and has provided consultation to Camp STAR for several years.

Janine Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosenberg is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Chicago. She specializes in the evaluation, testing and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD and related problems. She has been a member of the Camp STAR team for several years.

Alan I. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Dr. Rosenblatt is a Developmental Pediatrician, Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neuro-developmental Disabilities, and has an academic appointment to the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He has been a supporter of Camp STAR since the program first started in 2008.

Contact Program Director, Kristine Kent for additional information to see how Camp STAR can fit into your family’s needs.