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Christopher J. Alexander, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist [New Mexico license number 674], specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood psychological disorders, particularly in the areas of adoption, foster care, divorce, and child welfare.


ADHD * Oppositional Defiant Disorder * Conduct Disorder * Autism Spectrum * Fetal Alcohol * Depression * Anxiety * PTSD * Intellectual Disability/Mental Retardation * Learning Disorders * Frontal Lobe Impairment * Memory Problems * Neurocognitive Disorders * Eating Disorders


  • Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing of Children and Adolescents; ages 3 - 16 


  • Sibling Bond and Placement Evaluations


  • Parent-Child Bonding Assessments


  • Pre-Placement File Review & Consultation


  • Attachment-Based Family Counseling


  • Clinical Supervision for Professionals and Interns


In addition to the articles he has written on parenting and child psychology, Dr. Alexander has authored the books, DIAGNOSIS, ASSESSMENT, AND TREATMENT OF FOSTER AND ADOPTED CHILDREN (March 2009), and WELCOME HOME: A Guide for Adoptive, Foster, and Treatment Foster Parents (July 2005)

Christopher J. Alexander, Ph.D. & Associates host conferences and workshops for mental health and legal professionals, as well as for parents and families.

Dr. Alexander is available to provide presentations and training on a variety of topics, including:

* Children's Mental Health
* Understanding and Using DSM 5
* Diagnosing and Treating Childhood Psychological Disorders
* The Effects of Adoption or Foster Placement on Children
* Mental Health Professionals and the Courts
* Childhood Bonding and Attachment: Implications for Parenting and Treatment
* Issues and Trends in Sibling Placement

Below is an abbreviated copy of Dr. Alexander's resume:


    Ph.D., l992, Clinical Counseling.
    The Professional School of Psychology, San Francisco.

    M.S., l987, Counseling and Mental Health.
    California State University, Hayward.

    B.A., l983, Clinical Psychology.
    California State University, Hayward.


    12/95 - Present Clinical Psychologist: Rio Rancho & Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    * Specialization: Working with children and adolescents who are coping with the effects of divorce, physical/sexual abuse, adoption, trauma, and/or foster placement.

    * Specialized training: Childhood attachment, child custody, trauma, criminal behavior and mental health, foster care, and adoption.

    * Psychological testing (personality, intellectual, achievement, social/emotional, and neuropsychological) for children, adolescents, and adults.

    * Rule 11-706 Custody evaluations for New Mexico courts.

    * Clinical supervision for mental health professionals.
    * Presenter/Lecturer

    * Adjunct Faculty, Southwestern College. Recent courses taught:

    * Law and ethics
    * Practical use and understanding of the DSM-IV-TR
    * Diagnosing and treating disrupted attachment

    Expert Witness Testimony, Interviews, Assessments, File Reviews, and/or Consultation. Recent cases include:

    * Child custody
    * Termination of parental rights
    * Trauma; Long-term effects on children or adults
    * Sibling placement
    * Bonding and attachment
    * Prison suicide; Institutional liability
    * Client death; Therapist liability
    * Personal Injury; Neurological effects on child
    * Inmate mental health & classification; Institutional liability
    * Adult-child bonding in non-marital relationships
    * Staff sexual assault; Institutional liability


Dr. Alexander maintains an office in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he provides child psychotherapy, psychological testing, court-appointed custody and placement evaluations, parent education, and clinical supervision.

Dr. Alexander holds memberships in the American Psychological Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Dr. Alexander is considered an expert on attachment and frequently testifies in court cases pertaining to issues of childhood bonding, abuse, termination of parental rights, neglect, trauma, abandonment, divorce, and adoption.

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