Dennis E. McGuire, LCSW, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant, Adult InitiativesMcGuire

Dennis McGuire, LCSW, Ph.D. is Global’s Senior Consultant specializing in adult initiatives. In this role he facilitates the best possible programs and services for teens and adults with Down syndrome. This includes the development of a world class multidisciplinary clinic serving this population and co-facilitating the Adult Medical Care Guidelines initiative. Toward this end, McGuire also co-chair the Adults with DS Task force which brings together parents, professionals, advocates and self-advocates from all over the country and in the field of Down syndrome to advise Global how to meet the needs of this population.

Dr. McGuire is a Down syndrome behavioral expert with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities. He 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. Dr. McGuire keynotes at events around the world and is the co-author of two prominent books about promoting wellbeing in adults with Down syndrome: Mental Wellness of Adults with Down Syndrome (2006), and The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome (2011), both by Woodbine House. He received the National Down Syndrome Congress Theodore D. Tjossem Research Award in 2003 and the World Down Syndrome Day Scientific Award in 2010. McGuire continues to see couples, families, and individuals in a private practice in the Chicago area. Dr. McGuire received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master degree from the University of Chicago.

McGuire recently married a lovely women, who is also a therapist, he has a 26 year old son and his wife has a 26 year old daughter. His hobbies and interests include hiking in beautiful locations throughout the West and Midwest as well as playing the guitar and exploring all that Denver and Chicago has to offer in the way of art and cultural activities.