Dr. Chris Owen is a postdoctoral psychology fellow at Sunfield Center. As such, he plays a pivotal role in training students and healthcare providers in evidence-based interventions, notably Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Alongside this, he manages a caseload of clients on a weekly basis. Dr. Owen is passionate about creating a “behavioral health home” for his clients—a place where clients and families can return for different life challenges, from tantrums in early childhood to anxiety during unprecedented times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Think of it as a behavioral health home for any stage of development: tackling tantrums and meltdowns, alleviating event-specific anxiety, navigating learning difficulties by learning compensatory strategies, attending social groups to practice skills and connect with peers, and even planning for future careers and job attainment. He believes in the value of having a consistent, knowledgeable support system that understands your unique needs throughout life’s ups and downs. Connect with Dr. Owen today and embark on a journey of understanding, empowerment, and comprehensive care.
His dedication to psychological care can be traced back to his dual-major days at the University of Pittsburgh in psychology and gender studies. During this time, he became strongly aware of the disparities in psychological care, especially for children on the autism spectrum. This understanding propelled him to take a research position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His academic voyage led him to West Virginia University (WVU) for his Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Cheryl B. McNeil, he fortified his expertise in PCIT, evidenced by his multiple peer-reviewed publications and over 30 presentations across various forums. More recently, Dr. Owen completed his predoctoral internship at Sunfield Center with the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium. During this time, he continued to sharpen his clinical skills and developed a specialization in autism, including providing clinical services for adults on the spectrum (e.g., career planning, occupational attainment, and stress management).
Melding cognitive-behavioral strategies with a developmental lens, Dr. Owen champions a personalized treatment plan, often weaving in unique analogies and patient interests. He believes in empowering patients, making therapy relatable, and taking a collaborative approach to patient care, particularly with families. His background in gender studies also equips him to uniquely support the LGBTQ+ community and other underserved groups, always promoting equality, understanding, and respect.