Melanie VanDyke, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis (UHSP)

My research involves improving treatment outcomes for patients and their families using an interdisciplinary approach to managing medication hoarding and treating anxiety-related disorders. This focus on medication hoarding has implications for addictions, suicide, and child poisonings. I worked as a full-time clinician for 10 years, before bringing this experience to a full-time academic position. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I wrote an assessment tool (Medication Saving Behaviors, the first medication hoarding scale) with preliminary psychometric data on both a family-reported and self-report versions. I have worked to educate health care professionals, students, and patients on evidence-based therapies.

My experience as a clinician on an interprofessional team informs my teaching at the University of Health Science and Pharmacy (UHSP). My courses strategically scaffold research-related skills, information literacy, and evidence-based treatments, including critically thinking about treatment outcome studies to prepare them for careers in the medical field.