Ethics Committee

The primary function of the OPA ethics committee is to advise, educate, and consult concerns of the OPA membership about professional ethics. As such, we invite you to call or contact us with questions of an ethical nature. At times, ethical and legal questions may overlap. In these cases, we will encourage you to consult the OPA attorney (or one of your choosing) as well.

To find out more about the ethics committee, please click here.


When calling someone on the OPA ethics committee you can expect their initial response to your inquiry over the phone. That ethics committee member will then present your concern at the next meeting of the committee. Any additional comments or feedback will be relayed back to you by the original contact person. Our hope is to be proactive and preventative in helping OPA members think through ethical issues. This committee is provided as a member benefit only to members of OPA. Please feel free to contact any of the following committee members.

Committee Members

Lisa Schimmel, PhD 503.381.9524 (Chair)

Work Environment(s):  Private practice; Assistant Professor at OHSU
Clinical Focus:  Life/work transitions, sexual orientation, gender identity, wellness, anxiety, mood, and stress (individual/adult/couples)


Morgan Bolen, MS (student member, doctoral candidate)
I am a second year PsyD student on the child and adolescent track. My clinical interests include anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and I’m particularly interested in researching exposure therapy.  I enjoy snuggling my two German shorthaired pointers, doing anything outdoors, spending time with friends, and exploring the PNW!


Jill Davidson, PsyD 503.313.0028
Work Environment:  Private practice (Founder and Co-Director of the Portland Anxiety Clinic, LCC)
Clinical Focus:  Anxiety and related disorders (e.g., OCD) using collaborative and tailored CBT; comprehensive assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders; trainings focused on OCD; clinical supervision of graduate students (individual/families/adults/adolescents/children)


Irina Gelman, PsyD 503.352.3616

Work Environment:  Professor and Clinical Supervisor at Pacific University, School of Graduate Psychology; Private Practice
Clinical Focus:  Anxiety, OCD-related and hoarding disorders with a focus on exposure-based interventions. Work primarily with adults.


Steffanie La Torre

Work Environment:  PsyD graduate student at Pacific University
Clinical Focus:  Cross-cultural and Latino psychology, multicultural competency, and risk and resilience among marginalized populations


Catherine Miller, PhD 503.352.7324 (Chair Elect)

Work Environment(s):  Private practice; Professor and Clinical Supervisor at Pacific University, School of Professional Psychology
Clinical Focus:  Externalizing disorders, juvenile delinquency, animal cruelty, and hoarding (Individual/families/children)


Nicole Sage, PsyD, 503.452.8002

Work Environment:  Group Private Practice
Clinical Focus:  Child therapy and assessment; young children; behavior problems; anxiety; emotion dysregulation; developmental and neurodevelopmental problems; pediatric behavioral medicine (toileting, feeding, adjustment to medical issues)


Sharon Smith, PhD 541.343.3114

Work Environment:  Individual and group private practice
Clinical Focus:  Anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and parenting (adults/teens/children)


Sonja Straub, PhD 503.727.2456

Work Environment:  Private practice and past faculty and multicultural agency experience
Clinical Focus:  Adults,  couples, family, multicultural issues, life transitions, clinical supervision, alternative modalities


Jane Ward, PhD, CSAT 503.626.6226
Work Environment:  Private practice
Clinical Focus:  Sexual issues, forensic assessments, trauma, and mood issues (individual/group/adults/adolescents)


Christopher Watson (student member)

Clinical Focus:  Behavioral Health Consultation, Anxiety, Depression, Identity Development, Bereavement


Jamie Young, PsyD 971.271.2595

Work Environment:  College/University Counseling; Private Practice
Clinical Focus:  Life transitions and phase of live concerns, multiculturalism and social identity development, interpersonal trauma recovery, humanistic therapies, clinical supervision


Petra Zdenkova, PsyD
Work Environment:  Primary care psychology at Samaritan Health Services
Clinical Focus:  Health behaviors and chronic health conditions, anxiety, mood, and stress; use of CBT and DBT; clinical supervision of graduate students and interns



Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners


APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists & Code of Conduct