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Max Zubatsky, Ph.D.

Max Zubatsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Program Director
Medical Family Therapy Program
The Memory Clinic Director
Morrissey Hall, Room 1129
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-2496
Email: max.zubatsky@health.slu.edu  

Research Interests/Clinical Interests: 
Caregiving, Alzheimer's Disease, Integrated Behavioral Health, Residency Education, Couples Therapy, Dementia, Family Caregiving, Chronic Illness in Families, Couples. 

Description of the Program Director:
The Program Director for the Medical Family Therapy Program is Max Zubatsky.  The program director oversees the operations, duties, resources, and curriculum of the program. In addition, the program director communicates and corresponds with division directors routinely within the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Specific roles and responsibilities of the program director include:

  • Continually assesses and makes any necessary adjustments to curriculum and/or course of study for the MA and PhD programs (including program objectives, student learning outcomes and assessment of these outcomes)
  • Approves decisions around any substantive changes taking place in both programs.
  • Monitors the program budget around fiscal year income and expenditures
  • Oversees resources and facilities in the Medical Family Therapy Program
  • Helps assist and support the Director of Clinical Services around operational and/or training decisions with students in their clinical work
  • Provides input to the Department Chair around changes, opportunities or expansion of services in behavioral health division of the department
  • Performs continuous quality improvement and review of feedback from students, faculty and supervisors, in efforts to maintain and enhance the necessary goals of the program.

Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D.

Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Medical Family Therapy Program
Director of Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Family Therapy
Rainbow Research Lab
Office: Morrissey Hall, Room 1133
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-8196
Fax: 314-977-2614
Email: katie.heidenrootes@health.slu.edu 

Research Interests:
Sexuality and sexual health; LGBTQ youth and young adults and their families; Women's sexual and relationship health post-cancer.

Description of the Director of Clinical Services:
The Director of Clinical Services in the Medical Family Therapy Program is Katie Heiden-Rootes. The Director of Clinical Services is responsible for the oversight of the operations of the on-campus clinic (The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy).  Additionally, the Director of Clinical Services is responsible for managing and coordinating off-site locations and practice settings for students to provide clinical services in the program. Specific roles and responsibilities of tehe Director of Clinical Services include:

  • Directs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Mentors the clinic coordinators about operational tasks needed to be accomplished in the clinic
  • Consistently monitors the clinic budget and incoming revenue/expenditures of the clinic
  • Collaborates and makes new initiatives with off-campus sites for placements of internship for students in both programs
  • Advises and approves internship contracts with Ph.D. students

Dixie Meyer, Ph.D.

Dixie Meyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medical Family Therapy Program
Relationships and Brain Science Research Laboratory
Office: Morrissey Hall, Room 1125
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314 -977-7114
Email: dixie.meyer@health.slu.edu  

Research/Clinical Interests:
Neurobiological applications in counseling, couples counseling, drama therapy, affect regulations and attachment.


Megan Ferriby Ferber, Ph.D.

Megan Ferriby Ferber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Medical Family Therapy Program
Office: Morrissey Hall, Room 1127
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-2507
Fax: 314-977-2614
Email: megan.ferriby@health.slu.edu 

Research/Clinical Interests:
The psychosocial processes that surround weight loss and maintenance within patients and family members with particular interest in romantic relationships and the bariatric surgery population, examining weight stigma and its impact on patient-provider interactions, and developing couple-based interventions to bolster patients’ long-term health behavior change, weight loss, and romantic relationships quality.


Nancy Morrison, Ph.D.

Nancy Morrison, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

Research Interests:
Family resiliency, single-parent and remarried families, postmodern therapy and teaching.


Craig W. Smith, Ph.D.

Craig W. Smith, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

Research/Clinical Interests:
Medical family therapy, marital resiliency, rural families, marriage and family therapy teaching and supervision, and psychotherapy in China.


Brittany Robinson, Ph.D.

Brittany Robinson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor
Morrissey Hall, Room 1131
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-9759
Fax: 314-977-2614
Email: brittany.robinson@health.slu.edu 

Research/Clinical Interests:
Preventative Measures for sexual minorities with HIV/AIDS, Sexual health among African American men who have sex with men, Family coping after an HIV/AIDS diagnosis, Clinical effectiveness for therapists treating members of the LGBTQI community, LGBTQI youth within heterosexual/traditional families.


Douglas Pettinelli, Ph.D.

Douglas Pettinelli, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Morrissey Hall, Room 1131
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-4066
Fax: 314-977-2614
Email: doug.pettinelli@health.slu.edu 

Research/Clinical Interests:
Attachment and Affect Regulation in Couple and Family Therapy, Family Transitional Processes, Couples Therapy Process, Self of the Therapist in Couple and Family Therapy, Shame in Development and Couple and Family Therapy, Sibling Relationships.


Mary Donjon

Mary Donjon
Administrative Secretary
Office: Morrissey Hall, Room 1137
3700 Lindell Blvd, Suite 1101
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-7108
Fax: 314-977-2614
Email: mary.donjon@health.slu.edu