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About the Owner and Director

Gregory J. Carinci, PSY.D., BCBA-D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst providing a variety of services throughout San Diego County through his private practice, Optimum Behavioral Health. Dr. Carinci has been working in the mental and behavioral health field since 1997, while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Special Education at Marist College in New York. He has since earned a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology. Dr. Carinci completed an APA (American Psychological Association) approved predoctoral internship at the Dutchess County Department of Mental Health (New York) and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service (San Diego). Dr. Carinci completed advanced training at the University of San Diego (USD) and is certified in special education advocacy. He has been dually appointed as Adjunct Faculty Professor at National University and has taught courses in both the School and Counseling Psychology Program as well as the Department of Behavior Analysis. He serves as a consultant to one of the largest residential treatment organizations in San Diego as the Director of Child and Adolescent Behavior Management. His professional training and experience are recognized nationally, and he is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NRHSPP).

Dr. Carinci’s dissertation research focused on examining the factors that lead to increased parental participation and involvement in their child’s early intervention programming with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through this doctoral research, Dr. Carinci has obtained a unique perspective on family dynamics as it relates to Autism and to effective, comprehensive treatment. Dr. Carinci has had a variety of internship and work experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings treating children and adults with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and psychological issues.

Dr. Carinci’s experiences also include individual and group psychotherapy with typically developing children, educational assessments, training teachers and school staff about ASD and behavior modification techniques, and parent training. His current interests include comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of emotional and behavioral disorders, early intervention programming as well as residential and inpatient management of severe behavior disorders.

Affiliations and Associated Funding Sources

Optimum Behavioral Health is affiliated with and currently accepts reimbursement from the following sources:

  • TriCare HealthNet Federal Service HealthNet commercial
  • San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
  • Aetna Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare (UHC)
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Medical/Managed Care:
    • UHC Community Health Plan
    • Community Health Group
    • Health Net
    • Molina
    • Care 1st
    • Aetna Medi-cal
  • Out-of-Network Provider Specialist (for most Insurance Companies)
  • Private Pay (Hourly rate)

Our office staff will work with you to contact your insurance and obtain needed authorizations for treatment.

Clinical Supervision Team

Each clinical supervisor at OBH provides case oversight, is responsible for program outcomes and provides direction and guidance to direct care and para-professional staff. In terms of direct service, OBH trains and utilizes ONLY Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), a national credential achieved through the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB) to ensure continuity and a superior level of training/expertise in the field of ABA.