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About

Lindsey Ricciardi, Ph.D.

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and related concerns. In addition to completing a focused internship and fellowship in eating disorders, I am certified by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.

My clients describe me as warm, compassionate, and collaborative. I have been working as a researcher, clinician, mentor, and advocate in eating and related disorders for over 15 years. During graduate school, I began working with individuals seeking, or who had undergone, bariatric (weight loss) surgery. I published my clinical research investigating the psychosocial outcomes of surgery in a coauthored book as well as several peer reviewed articles. For my internship and fellowship (2004-2006), at the University of Chicago Hospitals, I had the honor of being mentored by two experts in the field, Dr. Daniel Le Grange and Dr. Eunice Chen.

Dr. Daniel Le Grange is most known for his work developing and researching the Family Based Treatment approach of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in adolescents. Now known as a first line of treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa, this therapy is geared toward empowering the family to take charge of eating disorder recovery.
Dr. Eunice Chen was my first mentor in the clinical application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders. Based on a biopsychosocial model of emotion dysregulation, DBT has been established as a solid treatment approach for individuals who are chronically suicidal, have borderline personality disorder, substance abuse disorders and/or eating disorders.

After returning to Las Vegas, I spent seven years as the Behavioral Services Director of Creative Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary treatment clinic for eating disorders and related concerns. I also served for two years as the Clinical Director of Center for Change Las Vegas, an intensive specialized treatment facility for eating disorders. It was during my experience working with Center for Change that I came to truly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of adding experiential therapies. These are interventions that involve other modes of expression and communication such as music therapy, art therapy, psychodrama, and movement therapy, to name a few.

Due to the fact that eating disorders and related conditions are combined medical, nutritional and psychiatric disorders, I have worked as part of interdisciplinary teams for 15 years. These teams have including dieticians, internal medicine physicians, psychiatrists, pediatricians, gynecologists, and surgeons. Therefore, I feel it is imperative to work in close collaboration with other treating professionals from varied disciplines, thus working to create a solid treatment team in the outpatient setting.

I am passionate about the field of psychology as a science and as a profession. I have served in leadership positions within the Nevada Psychological Association for 8 years, including President and currently as the chair of the Continuing Education Committee. I am an active member of the Nevada Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Eating Disorders.

I am also a mother, wife, dog-mom, daughter, sister, friend, and yogi. I consider myself fortunate that I love what I do for “work” each and every day, helping others discover greater peace, purpose, and joy.

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Marina Galante, MS

I am a 3rd year doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I was a competitive gymnast for 15 years, and developed a passion for promoting positive body image and regular eating habits. I hope to continue to work with individuals to improve body image and ameliorate disordered eating and anxiety-related difficulties.

 

My background is in sport and exercise psychology, and I have worked with numerous athletes and circus artists to enhance athletic/artistic performance. My research interests include the development of empirically-supported treatments for underserved populations. I have several peer-reviewed articles pertaining to a variety of mental health difficulties, including a book chapter in press outlining a culturally-adapted family-based treatment for Bulimia Nervosa.

 

I am certified in Family Behavior Therapy (FBT) and trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) via my experience at Family Research and Services under the supervision of Dr. Bradley Donohue, and the PRACTICE Community Mental Health Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Kristen Culbert.

 

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