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Ryan R. Lindsay, MSW, LCSW

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Project Description


Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder

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Ryan Lindsay is the chief operating officer and co-founder of the St. Louis Center for Family Development. After graduating with a Master of Social Work from The University of Michigan School of Social Work, he completed a Post-Master’s Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Social Work at the University of Michigan Health Center.  Mr. Lindsay worked on the team with Dr. Ken Silk while there, and was mentored by JoAnn Heap, LMSW. Through this fellowship, Mr. Lindsay gained extensive knowledge of multiple evidence-based models of treatment, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents and families, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Behavioral Activation, Unified Protocol, Family Systems, and Motivational Interveiwing. Mr. Lindsay was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Anthony DuBose, Ph. D. and Katie Coursland, Ph. D. in 2005. He completed the advanced intensive training with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. and Sheri Manning, Ph.D. in 2008. He has additionally attended multiple Behavioral Tech trainings. Mr. Lindsay was intensively trained in Prolonged Exposure by Edna Foa, Ph.D. Mr. Lindsay collaborates with Ronda Reitz, Ph. D. and serves as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, supporting and training adolescent DBT providers and programs throughout Missouri.  He is an expert and trainer in the treatment of suicidal behavior and self-injury and is a trainer in Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Lindsay also serves as an adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.

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Our Mission

To assume a leadership position and become the provider of choice within the St. Louis community by promoting and enhancing the growth and development of underserved families through evidence-based, trauma informed interventions, and by providing training for other community providers.