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Dr. Anita Bazile-Sawyer | Deputy Chief to the Director

Dr. Anita Bazile-Sawyer serves as the Acting Deputy Chief to the Director concentrating on Medical, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Services. Previously, Dr. Bazile-Sawyer served as the Chief of Programs and Support Services for the Illinois Department of Corrections. She has also worked as the Warden of Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center, one of two of the Departments’ dedicated substance abuse treatment facilities. Prior to beginning her career with IDOC, Dr. Bazile-Sawyer worked for more than 15 years in the Illinois Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division. During this time, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist, the Clinical Director at the state’s only maximum-security inpatient forensic psychiatric treatment facility, and as the Hospital Administrator at a civil and medium-security forensic inpatient psychiatric hospital. Dr. Bazile-Sawyer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Master of Science degree in Psychology (Distinction) from St. Louis University. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. Louis University after completing an APA accredited clinical psychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Consortium, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her post-doctoral fellowship was completed at the University of Missouri - St. Louis Center for Trauma Recovery, specializing in extensive research, assessment, and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Bazile-Sawyer is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Correctional Association, and is a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard.