Dr. Charles F. "Rickey" Gillespie was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Albany, Georgia. He received his B.A. (psychology) and M.A. (counseling) from the University of Georgia. He completed his Ph.D. in neurobiology at Georgia State University in 1998 in the laboratory of Dr. H. Elliott Albers. Subsequently, he received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 2002 and completed internship and residency training in psychiatry at Emory University in 2006 at which time he became a faculty member of the Emory University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.
As an Attending Physician in the Emory Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP), Dr. Gillespie's clinical work focuses on the treatment of mood, anxiety, stress-related, and eating disorders in adolescents and young adults using empirically-supported treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy in a team setting. In addition, he also serves as Associate Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and is active in resident education as well. His research is presently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and focuses on the genetic influences, environmental exposures during development, and pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to risk and clinical progression of stress-related psychiatric and medical disorders.