Christopher A. Flessner, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University and clinical child psychologist with KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center. Dr. Flessner earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral training at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI.
Dr. Flessner has been director of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic (PARC) at Kent State since his arrival to Northeast Ohio in August 2011 and is a relatively new member (June 2016) to the KidsLink team. Through his work at the PARC, Dr. Flessner conducts research seeking to gain a better understanding of biological and environmental factors that may be linked to the development of anxiety and related problems in kids. In turn, he is interested in how these risk factors might be used to improve existing therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Flessner’s clinical and research skills and expertise are in the evidence-based assessment and treatment of children experiencing anxiety and related problems, particularly Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), hair pulling disorder (Trichotillomania), and tic disorders (i.e., Tourette’s disorder).