M. Douglas Ris


Dr. Ris is a Licensed Psychologist and Board-Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, specializing in the evaluation of pediatric neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. Most of his career has been spent in academic medicine providing neuropsychological evaluations to patients, teaching/mentoring, and conducting research that was mostly funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.



It is well-established that primary and secondary behavioral and neurobehavioral conditions present at a high rate to pediatric practices. How well they are managed is a major determinant of broad health outcomes. For over 50 years, Psychologists have partnered with Pediatricians in primary care to provide comprehensive health care to children and families in the community where barriers to such care are much reduced and stigmatization is minimized. In this phase of his career as a Neuropsychologist in private practice, Dr. Ris is interested in establishing partnerships with local Pediatricians and schools to provide neuropsychological evaluations/consultations in a timely manner in the community.


Education & Training

Dr. Ris obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in 1982 and specialty training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, and through the Department of Psychiatry, Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. For the majority of his career, he served on the Department of Pediatrics faculty, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. While there, Dr. Ris established the Neuropsychology Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and directed it for 25 years. In 2009, he was recruited to the Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas to Head the Psychology Section and to serve as Chief of the Psychology Service at Texas Children’s Hospital. After growing this program to one of the largest and most accomplished such programs in the country, Dr. Ris retired from academic medicine in 2019 as Distinguished Emeritus Professor and returned to Cincinnati where his family resides.

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