Professor in the Spotlight

Published on 03 November 2017

Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was featured in the spring issue of Missouri Psychologist, the Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA) newsletter. The MOPA member spotlight features the “best psychologists in Missouri” and gives insight into what inspires them most in the field.

Before she began teaching full-time at the College, VanDyke had a private practice in St. Louis, specializing in anxiety (especially social anxiety), OCD-related disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome. She continues that work with Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where she has facilitated a social anxiety treatment group for 15 years.

“I appreciate both the critical thinking skills earned from my scientific training and the empathy gained from conceptualizing possible ways to support people with complex problems,” VanDyke told MOPA in her member spotlight interview.

When it comes to educating future health care professionals, VanDyke is eager to share how psychology works alongside other disciplines to provide patient-centered care.

“I love teaching future health care professionals about psychology and evidence-based treatment,” VanDyke said. “I am excited to update my classes on the current status of psychologists and pharmacists within integrated health care.”

In April, VanDyke, as well as Amy Drew, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, presented on interprofessional collaboration in San Francisco at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference.

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