Christopher P. Contardo, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Christopher P. Contardo, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Christopher P. Contardo, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the only Board Certified Neuropsychologist in Southwest Michigan.

Dr. Contardo received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Eckerd College, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The University of Connecticut with a specialization in clinical neuropsychology. While at the University of Connecticut he completed two years of practicum training at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Contardo then went on to complete his internship in clinical neuropsychology at the Charleston Consortium in South Carolina. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology and rehabilitation/polytrauma psychology at the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This APA approved fellowship program was coordinated by Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist in the states of Ohio and Michigan and a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Contardo has specific training and expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, stroke syndromes, concussions, neurodegenerative disorders and dementia, attention disorders, and aphasic syndromes. Dr. Contardo strives to provide real-world, useful recommendations that address the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive concerns of the patient and family. As a board-certified neuropsychologist with extensive training in the management and treatment of head injury, and former Division-II college athlete, Dr. Contardo understands the unique challenges facing athletes who have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries. His background includes treatment and management of head injuries of all severity and extensive experience with difficult return-to-play decisions faced by parents, athletes, coaches, and athletic trainers.

Dr. Contardo came to Southwest Michigan in January of 2013 after serving as the Director of Inpatient Neuropsychology at the Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute in Kettering, OH. In this role Dr. Contardo treated and assessed a wide variety of neurological injuries including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and neurodegenerative conditions. While in this position he also supervised two doctoral dissertations and was actively involved in the training of doctoral level students from Xavier University and Wright State University. Dr. Contardo is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and is actively involved in teaching students in their Clinical Psychology doctoral program. He has held past academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Contardo is a published author and has presented on numerous topics at national conferences. He also completes independent medical evaluations for national disability companies, the Veterans Health Administration, and is part of a panel of expert reviewers for multiple national companies. He is on the active medical staff at Lakeland HealthCare and is frequently asked to complete inpatient evaluations of psychological and cognitive functioning. Dr. Contardo is active in training medical students and Fellowship level physicians at Lakeland Hospital through clinical rotations in his practice. Dr. Contardo is also an invited lecturer to the Lakeland HealthCare Grand Rounds Weekly Continuing Medical Education Lecture series and Resident Physician lecture series. He has presented on a wide variety of topics including concussion, post-concussive syndrome, and neurodegenerative conditions.

“We need, in addition to conventional medicine, a medicine of a far profounder sort, based on the profoundest understanding of the organism and life.”
Oliver Sacks