My name is Chris Overtree and I am a child and family psychologist who has been training and practicing in Western Massachusettssince 1996. I was recently the Executive Director of a large child-serving non-profit before returning to my primary work as a psychologist. Prior to this, I was the Director of the Psychological Services Center, a low-fee community mental health center at UMass Amherst, where I was also a lecturer in Clinical Psychology. I now work with the College of Education at UMass Amherst and operate a private clinical practice in Amherst MA.
My clinical work involves helping children and parents who struggle with anxiety, depression and navigating the educational system find the support and tools they need to thrive. My advocacy and research have focused on the systems of care for children and families as well as schoolwide mental health supports for children. My recent work running a large and financially complex non-profit organization taught me the intricacies and challenges of this sector. It is a privilege to join the Empty Arms Board of Directors and I look forward to seeing this amazing organization grow and thrive.