Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi 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, she is certified by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders and she is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
She has 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, her research focused on the psychosocial aspects of bariatric surgery. This novel area of research explored the rich, lived experiences of individuals living in larger bodies who underwent bariatric surgery. The outcomes of this research were published in a coauthored book as well as several peer reviewed articles. She then completed her internship and fellowship (2004-2006) at the University of Chicago Hospitals Eating Disorder Program. She 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 co-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 adolescents with eating disorders, this therapy is geared toward empowering the family to take charge of eating disorder recovery.
Dr. Eunice Chen was Dr. Ricciardi’s 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 an effective treatment approach for individuals who are chronically suicidal, have borderline personality disorder, substance abuse disorders and/or eating disorders.
After returning to Las Vegas, Dr. Ricciardi spent seven years as the Behavioral Services Director of Creative Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary treatment clinic for eating disorders and related concerns. She 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 her experience working with Center for Change that she 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.
Dr. Ricciardi is passionate about the field of psychology as a science and as a profession. She has served in leadership positions within the Nevada Psychological Association for 12 years, including President and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. She is an active member of the Nevada Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Academy of Eating Disorders, and International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Dr. Ricciardi is also a mother, wife, dog/cat-mom, daughter, sister, friend, and yogi.