Dr. Nicholls



                                                                        Christopher J. Nicholls, Ph.D.
                                                       Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist
                                                                            CURRICULUM VITAE

 Born:        6-4-53     Redruth, Cornwall, England

 Contact:     Office Address     9965 North 95th Street
Suite 101
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258

     Office Telephone (480) 998-2303

     Office Fax (480) 998-3169

     E-mail Address      [email protected]

 Education:   1974     B.A. University of Virginia

    1977     M.A. University of Virginia
Clinical Psychology

    1979 Ph.D. University of Virginia
Clinical Psychology

    1981     150 Hours of post-doctoral family therapy training through the Family Therapy Institute, Cincinnati, OH

Certification & Licensure:   11/10/2008     American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical) Certificate #6500

    10/2/2005 American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology Certificate #2055

    4/25/85 - Present      State of Arizona
Board of Psychologist Examiners
License Certificate #1139

    5/23/81 - 9/30/86 State of Ohio
State Board of Psychology
License #3085

 Awards:   2013

Aaron Canter Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology 

Distinguished Service Award
Arizona Psychological Association 

 Community Service/Offices:   2016 - 2019


2001 - 2012    
American Psychological Association
Council of Representatives
Arizona Delegate

Arizona Psychological Association
2011    Past President
2010    President
2009    President Elect
2006 - 2008    Treasurer
2008 - 2009    Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
2001 - 2008    Ethics Committee (2001 - 2004 Chair)

    2009 - 2011  American Psychological Association
Committee of State Leaders

    2009 - 2012

2000 – 2005
Arizona Neuropsychological Society
2011 - Member At Large
2010 - Past President
2009 - President and Co-Founder

Brain Injury Association of Arizona 

Board of Directors
2003 – 2004, President

    1999  State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners
Complaint Consultant

    1998 - 1999  State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners
Licensure Oral Examiner

    1987 - 1999 American Lung Association of Arizona
Board of Directors
1996 - 1997    President
1993 - 1995    Vice President
1992 - 1993    Secretary
1990 - 1992    Treasurer
    1995 - 1999 Phoenix Children's Hospital
Psychiatry Committee
    1997 - 1999 Los Niños Hospital
Professional Services Committee
    1990 - 1995  City of Phoenix Fire Department
Community Advisory Panel
Juvenile Fire Setter Program

    1992 - 1994  Hospice of the Valley
Professional Advisory Board
Phoenix, Arizona
    1983 - 1985  Miami Valley (Ohio) Psychological Association

 Appointments:    1999 - 2005 Argosy University, formerly the Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Phoenix Campus
Clinical Faculty
   1988 - present


  2000 - 2001 
Arizona State University
Department of Psychology
2010 - Adjunct Faculty
1993 - 2001    Adjunct Professor
1988 - 1992    Adjunct Associate Professor

The Union Institute
The Graduate College
Adjunct Professor

    1985 - 1988  Wright State University
School of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Clinical Assistant Professor

    1982 - 1985  Wright State University
School of Professional Psychology
Clinical Assistant Professor

 Clinical Experience:   1987 - Present  Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice, Scottsdale, Arizona
    1988 - 2007 Consulting Psychologist,
Disability Determination Services Administration,
Department of Economic Security,
State of Arizona
    1990 - 2004  Consulting Psychologist
Tonto Basin School
Punkin Center, Arizona
    1988 - 2002 Chief Psychologist,
Arizona Burn Center
Maricopa Medical Center,
Phoenix, Arizona
    1988 - 1998  Consulting Psychologist,
Department of Pediatrics
Maricopa Medical Center,
Phoenix, Arizona
    1989 1998  Consulting Psychologist,
Administration for Children, Youth and Families;
Department of Economic Security,
State of Arizona
    1993 - 1995  Consulting Psychologist,
Phoenix Fire Department 
Phoenix, Arizona

    1985 - 1987  Pediatric Psychologist
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, Arizona 

    1979 - 1985  Pediatric/Perinatal Psychologist
Children's Medical Center
Dayton, Ohio
    1978 -1979 Pediatric Psychology Trainee
Department of Pediatrics
Children's Rehabilitation Center
University of Virginia Hospital
Charlottesville, Virginia
    1978 - 1979  Consultant to Morning Sun, Inc.
(Residential treatment facility for juvenile offenders)
    1975 - 1977  Psychology Internship/Residency
University of Virginia Medical Center
Charlottesville, Virginia

Selected Publications, Presentations & Invited Addresses:

Nicholls, C.J. & Yang, S. Contributor to Nancy Mather and Lynne E. Jaffe (Eds.) Woodcock-Johnson IV: Reports, Recommendations and Strategies, In press: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Nicholls, C.J. “Do good! Don’t do bad! Ethical issues in assessment.” Presented to the Assessment and Behavioral Medicine Section, Carl T. Hayden Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, January 23, 2014.

DenBoer, John W., Nicholls, Christopher, Corte, Corrine & Chestnut, Kali: National Institutes of Health Toolbox Cognition Battery: Review (2014) Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Vol 27, No. 7, pp. 692-694.

Nicholls, C.J. contributor to Karen Postal & Kira Armstrong (Eds.) (2013) Feedback that Sticks: The Art of Effective Communicating Neuropsychological Assessment Results. New York: Oxford University Press.

Nicholls, C.J. “A framework for family coping” Presented to the National Stuttering Association Family Fun Day, Arizona State University, Tempe, November 3, 2012

Nicholls, C.J.  Book review: Vicki Anderson & Miriam H. Beauchamp (Eds.) (2012) Developmental Social Neuroscience and Childhood Brain Insult. New York: Guilford Press., Child Neuropsychology 2014, 20: 1-2 pp 127-128 (electronically published iFirst: 21 November, 2012)

Nicholls, C.J.: "What's new in in ADHD, Dyslexia, and NVLD" 
Presented to the Arizona Psychological Association, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012.

Nicholls, C.J.: "The Mystery of Adolescents"
Presented to parents and staff at Tesseract Independent Private School, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012.

Nicholls, C.J. “A framework for family coping” Presented to the National Stuttering Association Family Fun Day, Arizona State University, Tempe, November 3, 2012

Nicholls, C.J. Book review: Vicki Anderson & Miriam H. Beauchamp (Eds.). (2012) Developmental Social Neuroscience and Childhood Brain Insult. New York: Guilford Press., Child Neuropsychology iFirst: 21 November, 2012

Nicholls, C.J.: “What’s new in ADHD, Dyslexia, and NVLD?” Presented to the 2012 Annual Convention of the Arizona Psychological Association, Tucson AZ, October 6, 2012

Nicholls, C.J.: “The many faces of social skills, and how they can be taught” Presented to the Scottsdale Parent Advisory Council, Scottsdale, AZ February 29, 2012

Nicholls, C.J.: "Understanding Child Mental and Psychological Disorders: The Case of Neurodevelopmental Disorders" Presented to the Yavapai County Dependency Attorney Training conference, Prescott, AZ January 20, 2012.

Nicholls, C.J.: "Executive Dysfunction in Developmental Psychopathology" Presented to the Greater Phoenix Chapter, Arizona Society of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Phoenix, AZ January 20, 2011, and to the Arizona Neuropsychological Society, Phoenix, AZ February 15, 2011.

Nicholls, C.J.: "The Assessment of 'Nonverbal' Learning Disabilities" In Nancy Mather and Lynne E. Jaffe (Eds.) Comprehensive Evaluations: Case Reports for Psychologists, Diagnosticians, and Special Educators, 2010, Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Nicholls, C.J.: Book review: Maria Mody and Elaine R. Silliman (Eds.) Brain, Behavior and Learning in Language and Reading Disorders, Guilford Press: New York, 2008. Published in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2010: Vol. 25, No. 1, pp 78-79.

Nicholls, C.J.: "Dyslexia in Adulthood" Presented to the Arizona Neuropsychological Society, May 12, 2009, Tempe, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J.: "Ethical Issues in Psychological Assessment," a continuing education program presented under the auspices of the Arizona Psychological Association, in Prescott, AZ, June 13, 2008, 4.0 hours.

Flynn, S. & Nicholls, C.J.: "The Ethics of Electronic Communications" presented to the Southern Arizona Psychological Association, Tucson, AZ, November 14, 2006. Also presented to the East Valley Psychological Association on 3/8/07, and the Scottsdale Psychological Society on 9/6/07.

Nierenberg, B. & Nicholls, C.J.: “Pediatric Issues in Rehabilitation”
Presented to the 8th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Psychology – 2006, sponsored by the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Reno, NV, March 4, 2006.

Logerquist, S. & Nicholls, C.J.: “Lifespan Assessment and Treatment of Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome” 
Presented to the Arizona Psychological Association’s annual conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 7, 2005.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Developmental Apathy Syndrome”
Presented to the Arizona Pediatric Neuropsychology Interest Group, Phoenix AZ, April 4, 2005.

___________: “Lessons learned in living with an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder"
Journal of Child Neurology, Vol 19., Number 10, October, 2004.

Nicholls, C.J., Stewart, J., and Cohen, L: “Ethics, HIPAA and All That Jazz”
Presented to the Arizona Psychological Association continuing education conference – 1) April 3, 2004, Prescott, AZ; and 2) April 17, 2004, Phoenix, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Development, Neuropsychology, and the Juvenile Death Penalty”
Presented to 1) The Southern Arizona Psychological Association and Pima County Bar Association joint conference, January 27, 2003, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ; and 2) The Maricopa Bar Association conference February 28, 2003.

Goldberg, A., Lovejoy, G., and Nicholls, C.: “Ethical Issues in the Practice of Psychology”
Presented to the 2002 Arizona Psychological Association Annual Convention, October 10, 2002, Tucson, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Mental Health Ethics and the new APA Code of Ethics for Psychologists”
Presented to the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, Mental Health and Social Services Conference, August 27 – 30, 2002, Phoenix, AZ.

___________: “The Link Between Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Disabilities in Mathematics”
Presented to both the CH.A.D.D. Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA, as well as to the Learning Disabilities Association of Arizona, in Mesa, AZ, October, 2001.

___________: “Ethical Issues in Electronic Communication”
The Arizona Psychologist Volume 21, Number 2, March/April 2001, pp. 10 – 11.

___________: “What’s new in the psychometric assessment of ADHD?”
Presented to the AD/HD In the New Millennium conference, February 28, 2000, Arizona State University West, Phoenix, AZ.

___________: “The short attention span update on ADHD”
Presented to the Scottsdale Psychological Society, May 26, 1999, Scottsdale, AZ

___________: "What to expect: Entering adulthood with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder." In Clare B. Jones, H. Russell Searight, and Magda A. Urban (Eds.) Parent Articles About ADHD (1999) San Antonio: Communication Skill Builders.

Goodwin, T.M.; Randall, H.; Perr, K.; Menard, M.K.; Bauer, C.; Shangold, G.; Lane, R.; Creasy, G.; and the Antosiban Study Group (participant researcher): A Report on Infant Outcomes At 6 and 12 Months after The Use of Antosiban In The Management Of Preterm Labor. Poster at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, New Orleans, LA, May 11, 1998.

Nicholls, C.J. and Barton J.L.: “LD and ADHD in adults: An update”
Arizona Psychological Association continuing education conference, February 27, 1998, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Learning Disorders”
Presented to the “In the Best Interests” seminar sponsored by the Maricopa Juvenile Court, the ASU College of Law, and the State Bar Juvenile Law Section, Arizona State University College of Law, May 2, 1997, Tempe, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J. “Attention Deficit Disorders in Adulthood”
Three hour workshop presented for the Arizona Psychological Association, February 23, 1996, Phoenix, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J. “The psychologist’s role in evaluation and treating ADHD”
Presented to the Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Strategies for Success conference, February 24, 1995, Phoenix, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J., & Melmed, R.D. Succeeding with Difficult Children, Scottsdale: Thisisit, Inc., 1994.

Nicholls, C.J., Johnsen, L.M., and Schiller, W.R.: “Methadone for Pain Control in Children”
Presented to the 9th congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries, June 30, 1994, Paris, France.

Nicholls, C.J. & Nicholls, L.F.: “Been there, done that – family adaptation to a premature birth”
Presented to the Hocus Pocus: Neonatal Focus conference, April 15, 1994, Phoenix, AZ.

Nicholls, C.J., Bushong, J., Parks, B. and Engel, B.: “What school psychologists need to know about juvenile fire setters”
Invited address to the 1993 Annual convention of the Arizona Association of school Psychologists, Phoenix, AZ, October 7-9, 1993.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Keeping the family healthy when the baby isn’t”
Invited address to the Parent Care National Convention, New Orleans, LA, March 6, 1992.

___________: “Coping with the stress of diabetes”
Invited address to the Fifth annual diabetes update, American Diabetes Association of Arizona Affiliate Inc, Prescott, AZ, March 9, 1991.

___________: “Assessment and treatment modalities for children’s pain”
Invited address to the Complementary Medicine Association annual conference in Tucson, AZ, January 26, 1991.

___________: “A study of the relative effectiveness of pain medications in burned children”
Invited to the Society of Pediatric Psychology First California/Arizona Regional Conference, San Diego, CA, May 11-12, 1990.

___________: “Patterns of Familial Adjustment to Cerebral Palsy and Other Handicapping Conditions”
Invited address to the “Cerebral Palsy: A Multidisciplinary Approach” conference, sponsored by the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ, May 13, 1988.

Nicholls, C.J., Stillwell, P.C. & Yeamans, N.: “Paradoxical Vocal Cord Adduction”
Poster Session at the Florida Conference on Child Health Psychology, Gainesville, FL, April 13, 1988 (Published in Stephen R. Boggs and Christina M. Rodriguez (Eds.) Advances in Child Health Psychology – Abstracts Gainesville, FL: Clinical & Health Psychology Publishing, 1991)

Nicholls, C.J.: “The Team Concept in a Hospital—Based Practice”
Presented to the 1987 Arizona Psychological Association Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 9, 1987.

Peterson, F.L., Peterson, K.J., Redman, E.S., Nicholls, C.J., and Blasenak, B.: “Transition to Parenthood: A pilot project of the “Expectant Couples Enrichment Class”
Presented at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August, 1986.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Psychological Aspects of the Pediatric Orthopedic Patient”
Invited address to the conference “Orthopedics: Innovative Concepts for the 80’s”, Embassy Suites Camelback, Phoenix, AZ, June 13, 1986.

___________: “Taking the Terminally Ill Child Home”
Invited address to the “Hospital to Home: Easing the Transition for Chronically Ill Children” workshop, Phoenix, AZ, November 21, 1985.

___________: “Psychological Aspects of Chronic Illness”
Developmental Grand Rounds, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, October 21, 1985.

___________: “Emotional Stress During Pregnancy: It’s Sources, Effects, and Some Suggestions on Management”
Invited address to the Second Annual Perinatal Symposium, April 2, 1982, Dayton, OH.

Lemming, C., Nicholls, C.J., and Predmore, B.: “Caring About the Critically Ill and Dying Child”
Grand Rounds presentation to the Wright State University Department of Pediatrics, July 29, 1981, Children’s Medical Center, Dayton, OH.

Nicholls, C.J.: “Pediatric Psychology: Function of Team Medical Treatment of Ill Children”
Behavior Today, 1981, 12:17, 6-7.

___________: “Behavioral Approaches to Feeding Problems”
Presented to the Feeding Techniques for the Handicapped Child Conference, Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1979.

___________: “Promoting Psychological Adjustment to the Milwaukee Brace”
Presented to the “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scoliosis but Were Afraid to Ask” Conference, Children Rehabilitation Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1978.

Nicholls, C.J.: "The Mystery of Adolescents"
Presented to parents and staff at Tesseract Independent Private School, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012.

Nicholls, C.J. and Tavormina, J.B.: “Use of the WISC-R in Diagnosing Learning Disabilities”

Presented at the 86th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, 1978.

Professional Society Memberships:
             American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology
             American Academy of Clinical Psychology
 American Psychological Association
 Arizona Psychological Association
 Arizona School Psychology Association
 International Neuropsychological Association
 National Academy of Neuropsychology
 Scottsdale Psychological Society


                                                                   References: Available upon request