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Development/Behavioral Pediatric Medicine

Developmental/Behavioral Medical Care Providers

Dr. Anna Hickey Anna Hickey, PhD

Dr. Anna Hickey earned her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology at Illinois State University. She is a licenseed clinical psychologist and a licensed school psychologist, too. She is President of the Central Illinois Psychological Society, a role which she has held since September 2014. She has previously served as the lead clinician and psychologist atn Mental Health Centers of Illinois and was instrumental in helping families apply for the Individual Care Grant. She was also involved in the Autism Program at Illinois State University where she provided instructional and behavioral consultations services to local schools and developed and implemented a plant to evaluation the need for individual aides in special education classrooms. Dr. Hickey's scholarship has focused on Multilevel prospective dynamics in school-based social and emotional learning programs, as well as comprehensive prgram evaluation of mental health services in rural school-based health centers.

Amelia Mathews, MD

Dr. Amelia Mathews is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine. She earned her MD degree at Cebu Institute of Medicine in the Philippines and completed her pediatric residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. She is a board certified pediatrician that has practiced general pediatrics for over 25 years and recently joined the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics to provide support for evaluation of patient with behavioral and developmental issues. She works with Dr. Janet Patterson and her staff in the evaluation and management of pediatric patients with developmental and behavioral issues.

Janet Patterson, MD

Janet Patterson, MD is an Associate Professor at SIU School of Medicine, specializing in the developmental and behavioral outcomes of young children.  She received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.  Dr. Patterson completed her residency at SIU School of Medicine and went on to complete her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Health with the University of Chicago Hospitals.  She received her Board Certification in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics in March of 2015.  She has held several administrative roles including Chief Medical Officer at the Community Health Improvement Center in Decatur, Illinois; Medical Director of the Children’s Diagnostic Clinic at SIU School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Autism Services with Easter Seals of Central Illinois.  Dr. Patterson is currently the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Pediatrics and she will assume the role of Director of Graduate Medical Education in July 2017.

Bethany Doerfler, RN, BSN

Bethany earned her ADN from Lincoln Land Community College along with her BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has experience in cardiology, adults with developmental disabilities, ambulatory surgery and pediatrics, with a great interest in the population we serve at SIU Medicine. Bethany works with Dr. Patterson, Dr. Mathews and Dr. Hickey in the Developmental/Behavioral Clinic. Her role in the clinic is to coordinate appointments and supportive therapies for children with complex neurodevelopmental and behavioral challenges.

Clinical and Research Interests

The division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine at SIU has clinical interests in autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, mood/anxiety disorders, and many other behavior problems. The division also boasts extensive research in neurodevelopmental outcomes for infants requiring neonatal intensive care, cross-discipline communication and collaboration, and evaluation of resident education.


Residents are involved in direct clinical care through SIU clinics and our satellelite clinics at Decatur Memorial Hospital and Easter Seals. They are also trained in developmental screening thorugh our Developmental Continuity Clinic.

Patient Care

SIU's Developmental and Behavioral Medicine division is committed to providing oustanding patient care. Our services include:

  • Medical/developmental evaluation
  • Medication Management
  • Psychological testing
  • Psychosocial interventions including therapy, parent consultations and training, and consultations with schools and physicians


Patient Forms:

Patient Intake Form

ADHD Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) Child Respondant
ADHD Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) Parent Respondant

Antecedent Behavior Consequence (ABC) Log
Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test (CAST)
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT-R/F)
NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment - Parent Informant
NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment - Teacher Informant
Pediatric Symptom Checklist
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
Warner Initial Developmental Evaluation of Adaptive and Functional Skills (WIDEA-FS TM)