Primo Center Names Chief Clinical Officer

Chicago, IL January 6, 2010 – Christine Achre, Chief Executive Officer of the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) in Chicago, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole Ranttila as the center’s Chief Clinical Officer.

Dr. Ranttila, who is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and graduate of The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in family dynamics, mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, discipline, play therapy, and behavior modification.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Ranttila join our leadership team as this will allow us to raise the clinical competence of the Primo Center,” said Christine Achre. Her professional expertise in treating families will raise the level of Primo Center’s response to the issue of family homelessness in the community. This level of care will have a significant impact on the complex needs of homeless women and their children.”

“I have very much enjoyed working with the center’s fundraising arm, the RedHot board, over the last year,” said Dr. Ranttila. “My career has been dedicated to children and families and the Primo Center is a wonderful place to really make an impact on homeless families. I am very excited to formally join the Primo Center team and take part in implementing the programs to create interventions for both individuals and families.”

Dr. Ranttila is a member of ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training Sites), IPA (Illinois Psychological Association), and APA.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee of ACEPT as the Secretary and Treasurer and the Chairperson of the IPA Committee on Student Development and is actively working to develop an internship consortium in Illinois. In addition, Dr. Ranttila is the Associate Director of Training at Psychological Consultations where she facilitates internship and externship training for psychology graduate students. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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