Dr. Chris Senior is a full-time licensed staff psychologist at CBC providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Chris is intensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, and complex trauma.
Chris earned his Bachelor's degree (BA) in Psychology at Duke University and his Master’s (MA, Psychological Sciences) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, Clinical Psychology) degrees at Catholic University of America. He completed his APA-accredited predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley (formerly Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children) where he provided individual, group, and family therapy across numerous integrated primary care and outpatient therapy clinics. He also conducted comprehensive psychological assessment for children and adolescents presenting with psychosis and thought disorder symptoms. Chris completed externship trainings at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC across pediatric in-patient and integrated primary care settings where he provided CBT and family systems therapy to children, adolescents, and families presenting with anxiety, depression, conduct problems, and family communication difficulties. In the inpatient setting, Chris provided CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to children and adolescents managing cancer and rare blood disease diagnoses.
Chris is bilingual in English and Spanish and has been providing culturally-centered therapy to Spanish-speaking children, adolescents, and families for approximately five years. As a non-native Spanish-speaker, he developed his bilingual therapy competencies through multiple training programs including Children's National Hospital, Nemours Children’s Health, and PASEO, an immersive training program based in Huanchaco, Peru.
Chris has conducted research in academic medical center and school settings. Most recently, he conducted an investigation examining barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health treatment for Spanish-speaking families in pediatric integrated primary care clinics. He has also published multiple first-author manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals examining the effects of a school-based group therapy program for children with social and emotional difficulties.
Prior to graduate school, Chris served as a Teach for America corps member (Southern New Mexico, 2012) teaching 9th grade science. During graduate school, he continued to interface with students providing group therapy within schools.
Chris is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 53 (APA), Psi Chi: International Honors Society in Psychology and Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP).