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Christopher Ricci, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Using a cognitive and behavioral model focused on strengths and the unique aspects of each child, adolescent and family, my goal is to align with my client toward the resolution of conflict and to bring about happiness through the specific changes that come with new thoughts, feelings and behaviors.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Counseling & Consultation

Children, Adolescents, Young Adults & Families

Parent Psychological Education and Training

School / Parent Workshops

During an initial appointment we will explore psychological, familial, educational and environmental factors contributing to current concerns. Typically completed over the course of two visits, the evaluation includes a detailed history.

At the end of the evaluation we will discuss treatment options including a plan that may include behavior management, consultation about educational strategies, medical interventions and other related services or fpsychoeducational testing as needed. Problems such as ADHD, Autism,  depression and anxiety have complexities requiring time and care as well as multi-modal and collaborative approaches. I will work with you, your pediatrician, other medical providers, your school and other therapies as needed to coordinate care, make academic and home based recommendation, provide strategies and interventions for all environments.

Appointments are regularly scheduled for therapy, to monitor overall development, and for guidance in coordinating care for my client’s evolving needs.


Areas of Expertise

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder



Oppositional and Defiant Behavior


Cognitive Behavior Therapy


Interpersonal Neurobiology

Brain Balance
Areas of Expertise


Dr. Ricci earned his BS in psychology from Colgate University in 1995 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palo Alto Univeristy in 2001.


Working within diverse contexts from public and private schools to inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities with students from elementary school through college. Dr. Ricci has been helping develop and implement mental health services since 1997 in the San Francisco and NY metropolitan areas and in Raleigh, NC since 2009.

Dr. Ricci offers interactive workshops to parents and students including topics related to positive parenting and communication skills, child development, social and emotional intelligence, media violence, stress management, mindfulness and many others. 

For over 15 years Dr. Ricci has provided social skill groups with children ages 5-13.

Dr. Ricci consulted with the NYC Board of Education in Elementary, Middle and High Schools providing workshops, diagnostic support and supervision.

Dr. Ricci's experience includes:

  • Four Winds Hospital, Katonah, NY

  • Infant and Child Learning Center, Downstate Medical Center, NYC

  • The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, NYC

  • Federal Initiatives:

    • Safe Schools Healthy Students

    • Project Liberty

Reading List

Abbreviated Reading List

Russell Barkley, Ph.D.

  • Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents

Benedict Carey

  • How We Learn: the Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Hapens

Edward Hallowell, MD

Frances Jensen

  • The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientists Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Marci Lebowitz

  • The Conscious Parents Guide to Autism

John Robison

  • Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers

Daniel Siegel, MD

  • The Whole-Brain Child and Whole-Brain Child Workbook

  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Steve Silberman

  • Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Liane Holliday Wiley

  • Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Expanded Edition


Contact Me

8009 Creedmoor Rd., Suite 104

Raleigh, NC 27613

Tel: 919.802.4087

Fax: 919.882.9052

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