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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 active in the field of eating disorders and related concerns as researcher, clinician, mentor, and advocate for nearly 20 years. As a doctoral student (1999-2004), under the supervision of Dr. Marta Meana, I worked with individuals who had undergone bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Dr. Meana is an renowned expert in women’s health and sexuality and is currently the acting president of UNLV. My clinical research investigating the psychosocial outcomes of surgery was published 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 eating disorder 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. 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 12 years, including President and 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/cat-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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Megan Shope, MA

I am a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   For the past year, I have been training under Dr. Ricciardi’s supervision, providing treatment for eating disorders and related concerns. I am very excited to continue pursuing my passion at this placement for the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

Since high school I have been passionate about promoting a healthy body image and a positive relationship with food in all individuals. In my undergraduate training at the University of California, Davis, my research focused on the development of body image and self-esteem and how these self-views relate to eating behaviors.

 

Currently, through my doctoral training, I am specializing in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in both my research and clinical work. Under the advisement of Dr. Kristen Culbert, I research risk and protective factors for disordered eating to inform early prevention efforts for eating disorders. Over 2017-2018, I also received training in evidence-based treatment for eating disorders under Dr. Culbert’s supervision.

 

In my free time, I enjoy frequenting coffee shops, reading, traveling, and spending time with my pet bird and dog.

 

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Kimberly Stevens, BA

I am a 3rdyear clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am currently working under Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi, and I am excited to continue my training under her supervision.

 

As a teenager and a member of a competitive high school cross country team, I saw the devastating impact of eating disorders and subsequently became passionate about promoting healthy eating habits and a body positive mindset. I care deeply about helping all individuals develop a healthy relationship with their bodies and with food.

 

My research in my undergraduate schooling focused on factors that impact eating behaviors, such as stress, sleep and mood. Currently, in my doctoral program, I am specializing in eating disorder treatment and prevention under the supervision of Dr. Kristen Culbert. My research focuses on biological and psychosocial risks for developing eating disorders. In addition, I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for eating disorders through my work at the PRACTICE Community Mental Health Clinic, also under the direction of Dr. Culbert.

 

In my free time, I love to run, ski, surf, practice yoga, and cook with my husband. I feel lucky to be working in a field that I care about so passionately, and I look forward to learning and growing together with each client.

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Amber Saint Laurent, BS

I am a 2nd year clinical mental health counseling master’s student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am very excited to train under the supervision of Dr. Ricciardi starting in August for the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

Seeing the prevalence of eating disorders while playing competitive volleyball in high school sparked a passion in me for promoting positive body image and healthy relationships with food and exercise. I believe our worth is far greater than what our bodies look like, and I am excited to continue to work with individuals of all backgrounds to heal their relationships with food and body.

 

In my undergraduate research, I studied a variety of issues including the effects of abuse on self-esteem in romantic relationships, vulnerability’s importance in deepening relationships, and the efficacy of Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the treatment of eating disorders. My focus on training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy has continued through my work at Kayenta Therapy under the supervision of Sara Pelton, LMFT.

 

In my free time, I love to play volleyball, practice Krav Maga and yoga, read, play the piano, and spend time with my husband and two dogs.

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Kayla Bell, RD

Hi! My name is Kayla and I’m a Registered Dietitian who specializes in supporting folks with eating disorders. I attended the University of Washington where I earned a Masters of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences and completed the coursework & dietetic internships necessary to become an RD. After graduating, I signed on with The Emily Program where I enjoyed working full-time with clients at their Seattle residential eating disorder rehabilitation facility.

 

Even though I’m a dietitian, I’m not concerned with “the perfect diet”. In fact, I’m not interested in diets or weight loss at all! I’m what you call a non-diet RD. I embrace a Health at Every size paradigm which emphasizes respect, critical awareness, and compassionate self-care.  I advocate for all foods in moderation (and sometimes moderation means a little or a lot!) with plenty of balance and variety. There are no good and bad foods in my world – there is just food! When nothing is off limits, the guilt and shame of eating can slowly disappear.

 

Using an evidence-based Intuitive Eating model, we will honor your body’s innate wisdom and work to dismantle food rules that govern what, when, and how much to eat. We’ll also work together to recognize damaging cultural norms around food, body and exercise by breaking down the myths that support unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.

 

Eating disorders and related issues affect everyone, including men, people of color and LGBTQ+ folks. My approach to nutrition honors inclusivity and respect. Everyone is welcome.  My goal is to work collaboratively with you on your personal journey.

 

When I’m not working with clients, I enjoy reading, watching sports, traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and eating.

 

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