Christopher (Andy) Briggs, PHD, LLP, CAADC joined Skywood Recovery as Clinical Director in August 2019. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University (WMU). He also holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology and alcohol and drug abuse. His clinical experiences have included therapeutic work as a psychologist and behavioral health specialist at the Battle Creek Veteran’s Administration, WMU’s Homer Stryker Medical School, WMU Behavioral Health Services, and Bronson Methodist Hospital. Dr. Briggs has elected a behavioral theoretical orientation and is expertly trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Dr. Briggs is a clinical psychologist who adheres to what research indicates is effective for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. He remains connected to the latest pharmacological and behavioral treatments by conducting research, presenting at conferences, and attending behavioral trainings. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University teaching graduate courses on neuropsychopharmacology and co-occurring disorders. He is frequently called upon by the legal system to lend research-based expert opinions on cases involving substance use. He is a strong advocate for continued learning and growth and actively recruits interns from diverse training backgrounds to contribute to the treatment team at Skywood.
While his training experience is broad, he was drawn to the work of addiction treatment due to the complicated and challenging nature of the work. Dr. Briggs states, “People who struggle with substance use issues are desperate for something that works; anything that will save their life. It is crucial that someone with expertise and knowledge leads the team toward the best of what science has to offer.” Briggs also has a special interest in the over-prescription of amphetamines and treating the intense amphetamine craving profile.
Before coming to the social service field, Dr. Briggs was a business owner and lead software engineer for 10 years. He enjoys the integration of technology with psychotherapy to enhance treatment outcomes. Outside interests include motorcycling, hiking, travel, and his favorite superhero, Batman.