Ethics Committee

The primary function of the OPA ethics committee is to advise, educate, and consult regarding concerns of the OPA membership about professional ethics.  As such, we invite you to contact us with questions of an ethical nature.  Our hope is to be proactive and preventative in helping OPA members think through ethical issues.  This committee is provided as a member benefit to members of OPA.  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. 

If you have an ethical question or concern, please contact Dr. Allison Brandt.  Include a description of your concerns and your phone number.  She will make contact with you within 2 business days.  She may ask for more information in order to route your call to the appropriate person on the Ethics Committee. You can expect to hear from a committee member within a week following Dr. Brandt's contact.  The actual consultation will take place over the phone so that we can have an in-depth discussion with you about your concerns.  Following the consultation call, you can expect the committee member to present your concern at the next meeting of the committee. Any additional comments or feedback will be relayed back to you.

We recognize that the psychology community in Oregon is small and that callers may have a conflict of interest with a committee member and/or their affiliations. As an all-volunteer, confidential resource, we strive to make our services available to all our constituents in Oregon and are aware that multiple relationships are likely to be inevitable within our community. Our committee works to address each call with integrity and high ethical standards, therefore, we encourage our fellow psychologists and psychology students to call for consultation even when a multiple relationship or conflict of interest is identified. If callers should identify a conflict with any members of the committee, let us know at the time of the e-mail, and your consultation request will be routed appropriately. Additionally, our members may identify a conflict of interest and will recuse themselves of consultation when known conflicts arise.

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


Committee Reports and Updates


Petra Zdenkova, PsyD, (Chair)
Work EnvironmentPrimary 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
[email protected]


Irina Gelman, PsyD, (Chair-Elect)
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.


Allison Brandt, PhD, (Member)
Work Environment:  Assistant Professor & Clinical Supervisor, School of Graduate Psychology, Pacific University
Clinical Focus:  Pediatric psychology, childhood trauma and anxiety, parent training, Latinx families


Nichole Sage, PsyD, (Member)
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)


Jamie Young, PsyD, (Member)

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 (adolescents/adults/individual/couple/group)


Leonard Kaufman, PhD, (Member)
Work Environment:  Clinic Director, Portland Mental Health and Awareness
Clinical Focus: Child Development, GLBTQ Issues, Clinical Supervision and Mentorship



Jenna Sheftel, PsyD, (Member)
Work Environment:  Group Private Practice
Clinical Focus: Individual therapy for adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety and related disorders (OCD, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, PTSD, Hoarding, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Insomnia).


Justin Lee, PhD (Member)
Work Environment:  Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Oregon Health & Science University
Clinical Focus:  Neurocognitive late effects related to treatment, clinical supervision and mentorship


Jennifer Clark,  PsyD  (Member)
Work Environment:  PsyD Program Director & Associate Professor, Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology
Clinical Focus: Parenting, Child Welfare, Trauma, Attachment, Child Abuse and Neglect, Preventative Interventions and Programing, Interface of Psychologists with the Legal System, Use of Forensic Evaluations in Court.



Maria Lytle, Doctoral Student, (Student Member)
Work Environment:  PsyD graduate student and George Fox University
Clinical Focus:  Cross-cultural psychology, sexual trauma, mood disorders, social identity development, and DBT


Stephanie Garcia, (Student Member)
Work EnvironmentPsyD graduate student at Pacific University, Child and Adolescent Track
Clinical FocusChildhood anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, child assessment, and the impact of digital culture on child development



Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners
APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists & Code of Conduct