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Our Professional Staff

​​​Clinic Director

J. Christopher McGinnis, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a licensed psychologist (PY6149) with extensive experience helping children and families overcome social, emotional, behavioral and educational challenges. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is certified as a Health Service Psychologist (HSP) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Dr. McGinnis earned his doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi and served a psychology internship at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. He then lived and worked for over 15 years in Southwest Florida where he has been a school psychologist, outpatient clinic owner and director, postdoctoral residency trainer, educational consultant, adjunct faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University and board member of national and regional nonprofits serving children and families. He has also served as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and has co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications on such topics as behavioral pediatrics, motivation and gifted education. Dr. McGinnis recently assisted with the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project, which exhaustively identified best practices in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. His passion is prevention and he is committed to efficient, evidence-based practices in robust collaboration with parents, teachers, pediatricians, neurologists and other helping professionals.

Staff Psychologist

Anhthony V. Nguyen, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist (PY8804) with training and experience in brief therapy, clinical behavior analysis, and behavioral pediatrics. After earning his bachelors from the University of Florida, Dr. Nguyen ("new-WIN") earned his masters and doctoral degrees from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with practica in hospitals and schools as well as an internship as a federal correctional officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FCI Fort Worth in Texas. His postdoctoral residency was in Fort Myers, Florida, under Dr. McGinnis' training and supervision. He then operated his own practice in Fort Myers prior to joining our clinical staff. He is highly clinically effective given the breadth and depth of his training and experience as well as his personable and supportive approach to treating children and families.

Staff Psychologist

Seth Bernstein, Psy.D., CAP, is a licensed psychologist (PY5170) with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral concerns. He earned his doctorate at the Florida Institute of Technology, and completed his psychology internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition, he completed his post-doctorate training at Growing Together, Inc., a non-profit organization that served adolescents with substance abuse and behavioral challenges. Dr. Bernstein has also served as an outpatient program therapist at a community mental health center, clinical director of a residential drug/alcohol treatment program and director for several prevention and early intervention programs in child care, school and home settings. Dr. Bernstein regularly reviews professional articles for journal publication and has written a book chapter on professional development in the mental health field.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Steve Arcidiacono, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow, under the supervision of Dr. McGinnis. He did his clinical internship at Boys Town in Nebraska followed by his predoctoral fellowship here under Dr. McGinnis' supervision. His doctorate is from Nova Southeastern University. He has broad clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families through formal training in outpatient behavioral health, residential treatment, group counseling, parent training, and psychological assessment. He is an affable and conscientious professional who emphasizes strengths and promotes change through evidence-based interventions.

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