Licensure: Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners & California Board of Psychology
Education: PsyD – Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA
Internship/Residency: St. John’s Health Center: Child & Family Development Center, Santa Monica, CA
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior: FOCUS Program, Los Angeles, CA
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, so I love when someone shows enough strength and trust to let me help and support them. I use a strengths-based approach to develop a partnership with families that emphasizes compassion, honesty, and empathy. Often, I am inspired by my patients and their resilience, and sometimes I learn as much from them as they do from me. I cherish close relationships that promote healing and growth, and am thankful my patients allow me into their lives in that way. Seeing the growth and progress of the children I work with is the most rewarding and satisfying feeling!"– Ryan Lloyd, PsyD
Some might say that Dr. Lloyd’s foray into psychology was a happy scheduling accident. Initially registering for Intro to Psychology because it fit into his college schedule, he soon found himself studying out of pure interest, rather than necessity. He was (and still is) extremely fascinated by how people interact with one another and how complex our relationships can be. Come junior year of college, he abandoned his biology major in favor of psychology, and began volunteering at a nearby medical center’s therapeutic preschool.
As a volunteer, Dr. Lloyd greatly enjoyed working with children – he’s always valued relationships where you can be genuine, and kids interact in a way that’s refreshingly honest and authentic! Children also invite you to be silly and play, and “big people” sometimes need a reminder about having fun. Professionally, Dr. Lloyd learned a lot about how early childhood experiences can influence development and affect our relationships as adults. And he quickly recognized the importance of helping children before they had bigger challenges later in life.
In graduate school, Dr. Lloyd focused his training on child and family psychology and wrote his dissertation on parenting. For his pre-doctoral internship, he returned to the therapeutic preschool, where he had volunteered 6 years earlier and first learned about child/family psychologists. There, he gained experience working with children with developmental disabilities on the early childhood mental health team.
After graduating, Dr. Lloyd completed a fellowship at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior focusing on trauma, stress, and resilience in a program initiated by the Department of Defense to support the Special Forces military community. While there, he helped families prepare and recover from deployments, as well as individual and community loss and grief. He also collaborated extensively with Navy medical programs, aiding service members’ recovery from complex combat trauma.
Today, Dr. Lloyd draws on his experiences to support children and their families at Metropolitan Pediatrics. He delights in connecting with others and building close relationships that promote growth. Still as passionate about psychology as ever, Dr. Lloyd believes there’s no greater job than helping, supporting, teaching, and healing others.
Dr. Lloyd is the adoring father of a two-year-old son and daughter on the way. He and his wife are best friends who have amazing fun together, and enjoy re-experiencing the world through their child’s eyes. His dog is a member of the family and his son’s favorite pal.
A self-professed animal lover, Dr. Lloyd has rescued several dogs over the years. There’s nothing better than the loyalty, compassion, and affection of a furry friend! When he’s not out saving dogkind, you may find him actively avoiding odd numbers (evens are just better).
An Oregonian by birthright, Dr. Lloyd is pleased to return to the Portland area after more than 30 years away in sunny California.
Thank you for choosing Metropolitan Pediatrics as your child’s Medical Home! Our physicians and staff are pleased to have the opportunity to build a relationship with you, your child, and family.