Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, C-IAYT, an award winning researcher and licensed clinical psychologist, has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Walling is the President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. Dr. Walling is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California. He is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT for individuals and couples), an Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapist (AEDP), and a neuro-therapist (neurofeedback practitioner).
Dr. Walling’s service in geriatric psychiatry began as the Executive Administrator for the UCLA Longevity Center and Division of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2010. It was there through his work with world-class physician researchers he began to explore the applications of yoga therapy in mental health. He currently serves as Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation where cutting-edge research in the applications of yoga therapy is leading the field of geriatric integrative medicine. He is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
- President, United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
- Member, New Center for Psychoanalysis
- Member, Los Angeles Psychological Association
- Member, California Psychology Association
- Member, American Psychology Association (APA)
- Member, American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)
- Member of Trauma, Independent Practice, & Humanistic Psychology Division, American Psychological Association
- Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, California #28945
Certified Yoga Therapist, International Assoc. of Yoga Therapy #20591489
Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation #9028574
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Emotionally Focused Therapist