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Integrated Behavioral Health Practice Fellowship for Children and Youth

Over a third of youth in Missouri live in an area experiencing a mental health professional shortage. To address this workforce shortage, a multidisciplinary team consisting of faculty from various Saint Louis University programs (Medical Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Social Work) has developed the Integrated Behavioral Health Practice Fellowship for Children and Youth (IBHP-CY).

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About the Fellowship

The IBHP-CY recruits graduate students and residents from the above mentioned SLU programs to:

  • Participate in paid training and field experiences focused on providing multidisciplinary, team-based behavioral health care services for children, adolescents, and their families; 
    • Trainees from our Master’s level training programs (Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapy) are paid a stipend of $10,000
    • Trainees from our doctoral level training program (Clinical Psychology) are paid a stipend of $25,000
    • Trainees from our residency program are paid a stipend of $40,000
  • Prepare students to provide integrated BH care in team-based settings via telehealth and in-person settings. IBHP-CY Fellows will gain critical knowledge and skills through coursework, service learning, mentorship, and interprofessional trainings focused on prevention, assessment, and intervention for youth violence, and its associated BH problems, occurring across diverse families and communities.

  • Enhance BH workforce capacity by providing multiple professional development and continuing education opportunities for behavioral health professionals in the region to enhance their practice skills and competencies. 
  • Evaluate the impact of the IBHP-CY activities on program outcomes.

Faculty Mentors

Dr. Heiden-Rootes, Annie Garner, and Alicia Barnesside by side

From left to right, Annie Garner, Ph.D., Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D., L.M.F.T, and Alicia Barnes, D.O., M.P.H.

Annie Garner, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Annie Garner, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University, which is home to an APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program. In the clinical psychology program, Dr. Garner teaches child-and adolescent-related courses and supervises a specialty child/adolescent clinical vertical supervision team (CVT). Students are trained to work collaboratively with professionals from various disciplines including teachers and medical providers. Dr. Garner’s area of clinical and research expertise focuses on issues relevant to neurodiverse youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Dr. Garner’s role on the IBHP-CY Fellowship is to mentor Clinical Psychology IBHP-CY Fellows working at interdisciplinary placements such as the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute.

Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D., LMFT

Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D., LMFT is an Associate Professor in the COAMFTE-accredited Medical Family Therapy program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine at Saint Louis University. Dr. Heiden-Rootes teaches and supervises master's and doctoral students on gender, sexuality, and cultural humility in couple and family therapy practice. She is a certified sex therapist and licensed marital and family therapist. She oversees the Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic housed in the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy, a community mental health clinic located in Morrissey Hall. Dr. Heiden-Rootes' area of research expertise is with LGBTQ youth and adults. Her research aims to describe the impact of close relationships on the health and well-being of LGBTQ people.

Dr. Heiden-Rootes’ role on the IBHP-CY Fellowship is to mentor Medical Family Therapy IBHP-CY Fellows at community internship placements and in their interdisciplinary practice at Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic.

Alicia Barnes, D.O., M.P.H.

Alicia Barnes, D.O., M.P.H., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Saint Louis University. She is a double board-certified in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her practice is based in community organizations, including federally qualified health centers, community mental health centers and juvenile detention centers. She teaches didactics on child and adolescent development and interview skills to medical students and psychiatry residents. Dr. Barnes' area of clinical and research expertise is in childhood trauma, environmental stress and improving clinical outcomes and health equity of marginalized and racialized youth.  

Dr. Barnes’s role on the IBHP-CY Fellowship is to mentor Psychiatry Resident IBHP-CY Fellows working at interdisciplinary placements such as Affinia Health Care, Casa de Salud, and the Juvenile Detention Center.

Michael A. Mancini, Ph.D., M.S.W.

As an associate professor of Social Work in the College for Public Health and Social Justice (CPHSJ) at Saint Louis University, Michael Mancini, Ph.D., M.S.W, conducts research from a collaborative, person-centered and social justice orientation. His research focuses on the implementation of integrated behavioral health practices in health and mental health settings. Dr. Mancini has recently published a book with Springer (2021) titled "Integrated Behavioral Health Practice," focused on the integration of evidence-based behavioral health practices in health settings for common behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and violence.  Dr. Mancini has extensive experience in community-based participatory action research methods, organizational ethnography, implementation science and qualitative inquiry to examine the factors that facilitate and impede implementation of integrated behavioral health practices in community-based settings.

Dr. Mancini has also published in a range of social work and mental health journals including: "Community Mental Health Journal," "Qualitative Health Research," "Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal," "British Journal of Social Work," "Journal of Social Work Education," "Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research," and the "American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse." Dr. Mancini also teaches graduate-level courses on clinical assessment and treatment of behavioral health disorder to better understand the best practices in integrated behavioral health settings. As a direct service practitioner, Dr. Mancini has served in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and criminal justice settings.