Benjamin D. Christiansen, PsyD
“Dr. Ben” as he is known by his pediatric clients is a clinical psychologist who specializes in neuropsychology and assessments. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Weber State University and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. He later returned to school to complete a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities where he specialized in health and neuropsychology. He also received specialized trainings in forensic and rehabilitative neuropsychology.
Dr. Christiansen recently became affiliated with Davis Hospital and Medical Center and provides inpatient assessments and evaluations. He is a Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and hold memberships in Division 40 (Society of Clinical Neuropsychology), Division 38 (Health Psychology), and Division 22 (Rehabilitative Psychology). Dr. Christiansen is also a member of the Utah Psychological Association (UPA), the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), and the Sports Neuropsychology Society (SNS).
Dr. Christiansen received training at Hennepin County Medical Center - Neuropsychology Department, Department of Justice - Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN with Grand Rounds occurring at The Mayo Clinic, and an advanced training at Valley Mental Health - Forensics Unit. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology at The Applied Psychology Group of Texoma in Texas and his 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Neuropsychology Center of Utah.
Dr. Christiansen’s professional experiences have afforded him opportunities to work with every age group. He has worked in various mental health and correction institutions including private practice, group homes, outpatient community health programs, Division of Juvenile Justice Services, Division of Child and Family Services, inpatient mental health facilities, federal and state prisons, adult and youth detention facilities, outpatient forensic units, and medical hospitals. He was a substitute teacher for several years, providing services specifically for youth in custody programs.
Dr. Christiansen has provided therapy in individual, group, and couple’s counseling. His therapeutic interests are in relationship/family issues, PTSD, severe mental health issues, criminal behaviors, juvenile delinquency, trauma/abuse, child welfare issues, adoption issues, veteran issues, self-injurious behaviors, eating disorders, grief and loss, sleep disorders, and various medical issues.
Dr. Christiansen has presented at various conferences to parents and treatment providers, as well as to state and federal agencies both locally and nationally. He is bilingual, speaking Spanish fluently.
Clinically, Dr. Ben operates a private clinic where he specializes in Medical Neuropsychology, focusing on quality of life and healthspan. He is also the founding partner of Concussion Baseline, a telemedicine psychological assessment company, and corporate executive officer evaluator. He also was the Chief Medical Officer for Genote. He was the principal founding partner of the mental health program at Tanner Clinic. He provides consultative services to Davis Hospital, McKay Dee Hospital, and Ogden Regional Hospitals, as well as local rehabilitation programs. He also is in the process of becoming an adjunct professor at Weber State University in their Neuroscience Department.
His greatest achievements are his children. He is married to the love of his life, has two crazy teenagers, and enjoys being outside working or playing. He loves good food, good books, good movies, and amazing sunsets.
April 11th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 45 mins
authenticity, meaningfulness, mental health, poetry, self awareness, self discovery
I was joined by neuropsychologist Ben Christiansen in episode 22 of The Poet (delayed). We read my haiku, Meaningful Life and discussed what a meaningful life consists of and how we can work towards one. Hint: it involves math…well, equations at least.