Dr. Chris Rebholz is clinical and forensic psychologist. She has been licensed to practice in the state of Washington (USA) since 2014 and has a private practice in the greater Seattle area. Psychology is her second career.
Prior to earning her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Antioch University (Seattle), she earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and worked in the computer industry for approximately 20 years. She was a Senior Product Line Manager for Intel’s flagship microprocessor (a product that made $1 billion in its first year on the market) and a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft’s Research division, where she was one of the 400 most senior women in the entire corporation.
The many years working in technology confirmed Dr. Rebholz’s personal belief that people are a lot more interesting than computers. This caused her to decide to change careers in midlife and pursue her doctorate. She evaluates and performs therapy with adults, and has specific expertise with adults with high-functioning autism. Her dissertation was the first research to investigate the psychological issues of professionals with high-functioning autism in the workplace.
She also performs assessments for the courts, for legal matters including parental custody, testamentary capacity, employment accommodations, and criminal defense. For five years, a significant portion of her practice included performing court-ordered therapy with felons transitioning back into society. She teaches continuing legal education for the King County (Seattle) and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Associations on issues of autism and the law, and has delivered a TED talk on treating criminal offenders.