• News

    St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute is proud to announce this brand new website! We invite you to check out its new features, which include professional training videos and the opportunity to join our new email list.

    New Publications by Our Staff

    News from Our Specialty Programs

    New Publications by Our Staff


    Integrated Care

    Pollard, C.A., Margolis, R.B., Niemiec, R., Salas, J., & Aatre, G. Psychometric properties of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Screen. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

    Margolis, R.B., Pollard, C.A., & Niemiec, R. Transporting integrated primary care to the private sector: Addressing the business challenges. Families, Systems, and Health.

    News from Our Specialty Programs


    Eating Disorder Program

    • Separate IOP for adults and adolescents
    • Adolescent IOP has Family Based Treatment components for younger adolescents and a weekly Parent Only group
    • IOP evening and weekend hours to accommodate daytime school and work schedules
    • Eating disorder specialists at both our city and west county locations


    Understanding Child/Adolescent Eating Disorders: What  Adult Caregivers Need to Know
    Free Community Workshop
    Laura Huff, PhD is a licensed psychologist and is the director of the Eating Disorders Program.

    • Who: Highly recommended for adult caregivers of children or adolescents who are struggling with eating disorders.
    • When:  Every third Saturday of the month, 8:00am- 10:00am.  RSVP required.  Please call 636-532-9188 by the prior Wednesday.
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 16216 Baxter Road, Suite 205; Chesterfield, IL 63017
    • How to get started:  RSVP required.  Please call 636-532-9188 by the prior Wednesday.


    Brief Intensive Program for Ministers Developed by Program for Psychology & Religion and Anxiety Disorder Center

    In recent years, we have heard from religious leaders the need for briefer and less expensive courses of treatment. In response, we have designed a new brief out-patient intensive treatment option that does not sacrifice the quality of treatment for which our program is known. In addition, this treatment option, focused on symptom resolution, will be partially covered by most insurance plans.

    For more information on this new service, visit the Program for Psychology and Religion Intensive Outpatient Program page or call (314) 534-0200.


    Adolescent Social Anxiety Treatment Group

    Amanda Peterson, LPC is a staff clinician at the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.

    • Who: Adolescents (aged 13-18) who are willing to work on social anxiety in a group setting with other teenagers.
    • What: Evidenced-based treatment for social anxiety (exposure and response-prevention/ERP). Typical exercises to challenge anxiety include conversation practice and school-type activities (class presentations, reading out loud, answering and asking questions in a group setting).
    • When: Friday afternoons, 2:30
      2016 dates:
      March 11th           June 24th                      October 28th
      March 25th          July 8th                         November 4th
      April 8th               August 12th                  November 18th
      April 22nd           August 26th                  December 2nd
      May 13th               September 9th            December 16th
      May 27th              September 23rd
      June 10th             October 14th
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO, 63110; (314) 534-0200
    • How to get started: For more information, contact Amanda Peterson, LPC at 314-289-9423. Call Mary Turner to schedule at 314-289-9411

    Cost: $60 per group. (Some insurance plans will cover this service.)

    Social Anxiety Treatment Group

    Dr. Melanie VanDyke is a licensed psychologist with more than 10 years of experience specializing in anxiety treatment.

    • Who: Adults in individual therapy who would benefit from additional practice with social interaction, accountability, and support.
    • What: Action-oriented group using cognitive-behavioral exposure treatment to practice social interactions.
    • When: Wednesday afternoons at 5:45PM
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO, 63110; (314) 534-0200
    • How to get started:Discuss the group with your therapist; Call Mary Turner to sign-up at 314-289-9411

    Cost: $60 per group. (Some insurance plans will cover this service.)

    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    We now have a psychologist, Malinda Dale PhD, who assesses individuals from toddler age through adulthood for potential Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Dale uses a variety of age appropriate and clinically appropriate measures, including the newest version of The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- ADOS-2. This is Missouri’s recommended standard for diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders and most insurance companies cover the services.