Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Divisions

The Saint Louis University Department Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience work within five areas: adult, child, community, geriatric and forensic psychiatry.

We care for hospitalized patients on the adult psychiatry unit and participate in the consult liaison service for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. The adult psychiatry division also provides care for patients with community partners across the city. The VA Saint Louis Health Care System is an excellent partner in our medical student and resident education.

General Psychiatry Divison

Anjan Bhattacharyya, M.D.
Director

Faculty

Residency Training

Brianne Newman, M.D., Director

Catalina Belean, M.D., Associate Director

Forensic Psychiatry Division

Led by Alan Felthous, M.D., SLU’s Forensic Psychiatry Division provides consultative services to attorneys and courts regarding mental conditions that may have legal significance. We have three psychiatrists certified in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry who are experienced in conducting forensic assessments, preparing forensic reports, consulting and testifying in depositions and trial. They address a variety of civil and criminal legal issues involving behavior and mental conditions.

Forensic Psychiatry Faculty

Geriatric Psychiatry

SLU’s division of geriatric psychiatry helps train future experts in late life mental disorders and  contributes via research to a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease, depression, delirium, psychoses and other disabling geriatric psychiatric syndromes.

The geriatric psychiatry division maintains an inpatient unit at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and is regionally known for its expert clinical care and its research orientation provided by George Grossberg, M.D., a nationally known Fordyce Professor.

The division uses a multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial approach to evaluation and treatment. A highly trained team of nurses, aides, social workers, neuropsychologist and other therapists work closely with medical students, residents, fellows and attending geriatric psychiatrists.

Research

SLU’s geriatric psychiatry division is engaged in a variety of collaborative basic science and clinical research projects. It has been a leader in helping develop promising compounds for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, depression and related disorders.

A summer research experience for medical and pre-medical students is offered. Recent projects include:

  •  "The Use of an Apraxia Screening Tool to Stage Alzheimer's Disease"
  • "Atypical Antipsychotics and the Risk of Diabetes Among Elderly in Nursing Homes"
  • "The Utility of Alzheimer's Hospice"
  • "The Neuroanatomic and Neurochemical Correlates of Problem Behaviors In Dementia: A Brain Bank Study"
  • "An Attenuated Vaccine to A-Beta in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease"
  • "The Use of the Clock Drawing Test to Predict Rehab Potential Post-Stroke"

Division of Health Psychology

A neuropsychological evaluation provides comprehensive assessment of adult patients in whom impairments of cognitive or neuropsychiatric functioning are evident or suspected. Assessment involves a systematic evaluation of higher cognitive abilities to identify possible problems with brain functioning. This helps lead to a diagnosis, defines strengths and weaknesses and helps suggest best treatment options.

An evaluation can help guide decisions on:

  • Prognosis and dispositional planning
  • Rehabilitation issues
  • The ability to return to work
  • Tracking of changes in functioning over time
  • Educational and vocational planning

A wide range of conditions may affect neuropsychological functioning such as:

  • Neurologic conditions (e.g., stroke, epilepsy, brain tumor, Parkinson’s disease, MS, etc.)
  • Suspected memory problems or dementia
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Medical conditions affecting central nervous system functioning (e.g., liver disease, Lupus, HIV infection or cardiac conditions)
  • Psychiatric conditions
  • Attentional disorders
  • Learning disorders

The types of tests used depend upon the referral question and may assess:

  • Attention and memory
  • Speed of thinking
  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Visual-spatial functions
  • Language functions
  • Sensory-perceptual functions
  • Motor functions
  • Academic skills
  • Emotional functioning

Health Psychology Faculty

Neuropsychology Service

SLU’s neuropsychology service, under the direction of Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, provides comprehensive cognitive evaluations covering a wide range of presenting problems. Neuropsychological evaluations may assist in guiding the decision-making process in the areas of differential diagnosis, prognosis and dispositional planning, rehabilitation issues, the ability to return to work, tracking of changes in functioning over time, and educational and vocational planning.

Our fellows develop proficiency in geriatric psychiatry diagnostic evaluations, interpreting neuropsychological evaluations, psychopharmacology, ECT, CBT and psychosocial, behavioral and environmental modalities of treatment.

The fellowship program includes an extensive didactic component and offers opportunities to develop individual scholarly and research interest and has an active clinical research unit. We are equal opportunity employers and can sponsor J-1 Visas for eligible candidates.

Fellowship Faculty

  • W. Maurice Redden, M.D.
    Director
    Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
  • Constance L. Zeltmann
    Fellowship Program Coordinator
    314-977-4828

Applications

To apply, please contact Pamela Whisenhut, program coordinator at 314-977-4828 or whisenpa@slu.edu.