Child Psychologist & Co-Founder

Mary Ekdahl, Ph.D.
Mary Ekdahl, Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Ekdahl is the co-founder of Arkansas Families First, LLC. She has over 20 years experience in providing behavioral therapy and psychological evaluations for children and adolescents in outpatient settings. Dr. Ekdahl specializes in the treatment and evaluation of children and adolescents, with a strong emphasis on providing parents with the tools they need to assist and advocate for their child. Areas of specific expertise include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders, as well as the provision of community and school programs that support mental health and access to mental health services. In addition, Dr. Ekdahl provides clinical supervision of master’s level examiners, as well as administrative oversight and planning as a co-owner of Arkansas Families First.

  • Individual & Family Counseling
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychological & Developmental Testing
  • Educational Testing
  • Consultation
  • Parent Capacity & Pre-Adoption Evaluations


Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology May 14, 1995
Binghamton University
State University of New York

Internship in Clinical Psychology August, 1993 - August, 1994
UAMS/Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology May, 1986
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX


  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Arkansas Psychological Association
  • Board Member, Educational Services Coordinator, Arkansas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention