• About Us

    CEO Welcome

    Warmest welcome to Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI or the Institute). Whether this is your first introduction to us or you are a long-time friend of the Institute, I hope that you find your experiences with us genuinely true to our missions as possible.

    The roots of SLBMI began within the founding of the Division of Behavioral Medicine by Dr. Ronald Margolis in 1982 at St. Louis University Medical Center. In 1995, Dr. Margolis established the Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute as a free-standing resource for behavioral healthcare in the St. Louis Metropolitan Community, as well as serving patients from around the country. SLBMI became an academic affiliate of St. Louis University and joined UHS, one of the nation’s leading mental health providers. Throughout SLBMI’s history, it has grown and has continued to expand. Currently, we have three locations, serving St. Louis City, Chesterfield, and Belleville, IL with a multidisciplinary group of over 60 clinicians.

    In 2019, SLBMI’s Dr. Margolis stepped down as CEO from SLBMI and myself, Dr. Jessica Gerfen, accepted the position as the new CEO. I am honored and privileged to be given the opportunity and responsibility to continue Dr. Margolis’ legacy to grow and expand the Institute as a recognized leader in the delivery, discovery, education, and advancement of behavioral health treatment.

    SLBMI was built on the cornerstone of four missions: to deliver; discover; educate; and advance.

    compassionate, interdisciplinary patient care attentive to the vital relationship between body, mind, and spirit.

    new knowledge and effective treatments by conducting scientific research and staying abreast of the progress in the field.

    healthcare students and professionals.

    community awareness of behavioral medicine principles to prevent illness and enhance health.

    I believe our mission statements are what have led the Institute into a fully established leading expert in the community for quality multidisciplinary specialty behavioral health treatment and advancement of knowledge in the field both regionally and nationally.

    The Institute is proud of its focus on recruiting and advancing expertise with Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists to provide specialty treatment. We currently offer specialized programs within:

    In the same token, the Institute also understands and expects that each person’s care is individualized and tailored to their specific mental health concerns. As a result, our clinicians and psychiatrists are also highly trained in a multitude of primary mental health areas, including: Depression, Adult ADHD, Grief Counseling, Stress Counseling, Marriage, Family and Couples counseling, and Psychological Testing services.

    We also offer postdoctoral fellowships and practicum training. We are recruiting for employment for emerging leaders in the field of mental health. Most recently, we have expanded our full-time employment options to include a transitionary Specialist-in-Training model to help educate and advance specialty training in clinicians. In addition, the Institute offers consultation and training within the integration of behavioral health services into medical practice to improve patient outcomes.

    As a practicing Licensed Clinical Psychologist myself, I firmly believe in upholding the strongest values within excellence to quality within each of the Institute’s mission statements and our programs.

    Please explore our website where many questions about our programs and services are reviewed. You can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    I invite you to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, scheduling, or general comments. Most requests can be accommodated through our telephone tree accessed at 314.534.0200.


    Jessica Gerfen, Ph.D.
    Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

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