Ryan Macks, Ph.D.
Dr. Ryan Macks is a licensed clinical psychologist who opened his first private practice in Mason, Ohio in 2013 after nine years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he served as a staff psychologist, supervisor, and Director of Clinical Training in the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP). His specialty at the hospital was diagnostic testing of children, adolescents, and adults.
To date, Dr. Macks has conducted more than 3,000 diagnostic assessments for possible Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Giftedness. He has also worked with many children and adults to help them overcome anxiety disorders, depression, and social skills deficits. As an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, he was the instructor of record for “Interdisciplinary Studies in Developmental Disabilities,” where he lectured to graduate students and other medical professionals. He is published in professional journals and textbooks, and has presented at national conferences. As a representative of the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, Dr. Macks met with politicians in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the needs of people with disabilities.
Dr. Macks’ passion for psychology and helping people with developmental disabilities grew from his love of sports, which led him to become involved as a volunteer with the Maryland State Special Olympics Program. He also spent his summer months during high school and college working in Maryland, first as a volunteer and later as an assistant teacher at Cedar Lane School for children and adolescents with a variety of developmental disabilities.
Dr. Macks graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Religion. He completed his graduate work at the University of Virginia’s nationally renowned Curry School of Education, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
His residency was completed at The Help Group, a non-public school system for children with developmental disabilities and emotional disorders in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Macks specialized in therapy for school-based children at The Help Group, and saw adults for anxiety and depression in The Help Group’s adult outpatient program. He also completed additional assessment skills training through the UCLA Neuropsychology Center and at the University of Michigan Autism Center.
Dr. Macks is a member of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Ohio Residencies, which manages two group homes for adults with autism. He is also a member of the Ohio Psychological Association and the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology. He resides in Mason with his wife Kristen, their sons Charlie and Archie, and two dogs Yogi and Dagny.