Maria Devens PhD, ABPP

September 16, 1966April 10, 2013
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Maria Devens, beloved UIC Faculty, lived with great passion, empathy, and insight. Highly valued by our faculty, staff, and trainees, Dr. Devens was an exceptional behavioral scientist, a gifted clinical psychologist, and a supportive friend and ally. Dr. Devens was invaluable in the family medicine residency and in medical education. In her typical energetic fashion, Dr. Devens dedicated herself to improving relationships between doctors and patients through her work in the American Balint Society. She strove to create more robust support networks for physicians and encouraged more mindfulness in our workplace.

Dr. Devens’ favorite words were “joy” and “grace.” She sought joy and grace in all things and she brought them to many people. Dr. Devens lived a life of balance and helped us notice the beauty we might take for granted – whether it be a favorite color (purple was her choice), music (Baroque, and her beloved ‘80s), or a delicious, homemade dessert with a strong cup of tea.

Even in the depths of her illness, Dr. Devens remained steadfastly herself: thoughtful and generous. She assisted her colleagues, residents and students and took on new endeavors. Always the professional, she selflessly helped others even during her times of greatest need, and often reminded us to “embrace change” and appreciate what is good.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 13, 2013
  • Ennichement Sunday, April 21, 2013

Maria Devens PhD, ABPP

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Cory Savage

September 17, 2014

to Maria's Family,

I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you for the Maria's passing. I would occasionally send a message to Maria, as an old friend, and was met with a sad surprise yesterday. I hope that you are all healing from her loss.

I wanted you to know how much she impacted not only my life, but also the lives of my children (whom she never met).

Maria and I briefly dated from late 2004 to early 2005. She opened my eyes to so many wonderful experiences in that short time.

I am eternally grateful to have known Maria. She was a wonderful person, and a joy to be around. Even though we have not spoken in years, I still remember her and some of the "things" she would do or say.

I've read how others have commented regarding her music and style. Her cooking, and her taste. A couple of things that will ALWAYS remind me of Maria; a French press for making morning coffee, the music of Interpol and Bright Eyes and Cursive, Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, homemade pizza with shrimp, broaches with purple, stories of vacationing in the south of France, Baroque music in local chapels, Old Jerusalem falafel. So, so much more.

You will be dearly missed, and thought of often.

September 10, 2014

Maria, It is seventeen months today that you left us and we miss you very much. You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Love forever, Mom

Jennifer Gabriel Weiler

November 6, 2013

Dear Jenny, Bob, and Devens Family,
My parents told me about Maria's illness, and were in awe of her strength and persistence. I have been out of touch with you since I moved out of the area, but Maria nevertheless left an indelible impression on me long ago, as a passionate, empathetic and intelligent young woman. I am so sorry for your loss. With love to you all, Jennifer Gabriel Weiler

Debbie Sheu

May 16, 2013

I was so sad to hear of Maria's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this very difficult time. I know there will forever be a void at Family Medicine- UIC. She was a great person to know.

April 22, 2013

To Maria's Family,

We at Mount Assisi Academy extend our sympathy. We found out about Maria's death in the newspaper and had no idea how sick she was. We loved Marie at Mt.Assisi and will always remember her lively personality, her creativity, her intelligence, and her love of the color purple. We extend our love and prayers, Sr. Jude Marie and all the Sisters at Mount Assisi Acaemy.

Kathryn Risor-Heise

April 19, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Maria in college and she was truly a “delightful” person. She loved that word and taught me its truest meaning. Today, whenever I use it I still think of her. She took delight in everything and she brought you right along with her. I am so sorry that we lost touch as our lives took different paths. I remember her fondly, and I am inspired to see the wonderful influence she has had on others.

Dear Devens Family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Marie Ciavarella

April 19, 2013

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Maria's passing. Maria and I were psychology interns at The UIC Psychiatric Institute. I fondly remember Maria as a very smart, driven woman who was also funny and warm. She touched many, many lives, including mine. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Suzy Stritch

April 18, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about Maria, she was an amazing person. I will cherish my memories of Phil and I hanging out with Maria at Reilly's, we had many good times together. I'm sure Phil and Maria are hanging out together now. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Becca Barczykowski

April 17, 2013

Always a lovely vision in purple. You touched many lives and will be dearly missed. Love and prayers to your family. Rest in peace, Dr. Devens.

Emily Godfrey

April 17, 2013

I am grateful to have known and worked with Maria for 8 years at UIC. She was a true friend and colleague and always exemplified utmost professionalism, kindness and a commitment to her work. She was a true advocate for women's health; she was deeply committed to supporting and teaching family medicine residents. I am lucky to have learned so much from Maria.