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.  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.  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 at [email protected].  Include a description of your concerns, your phone number, and good times for her to call you back.  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, or she may let you know at that time which committee member will be calling you to discuss your concerns.  You can then expect to hear from a committee member within a week following Dr. Brandt's phone call.  The actual consultation will take place over the phone, so that we can truly have a 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 via a phone call.

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 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, you or 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 Members

Jill Davidson, PsyD 503.313.0028 or [email protected]
(Primary Contact for an Ethics Consultation)  (Chair Elect)

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, (Secretary)

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.


Nicole Sage, PsyD

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


Petra Zdenkova, PsyD, (Member)
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



Leonard Kaufman, PhD, (Member)
Work Environment:  Clinical Manager, Cedar Hills Outpatient Services
Clinical Focus: Child Development, GLBTQ Issues, Clinical Supervision and Mentorship



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



Claire Metzner, Doctoral Student, (Student Member)
Work Environment:  PsyD graduate student at Pacific University, child and adolescent track, Latino/bilingual emphasis
Clinical Focus:  Trauma and attachment, assessment, emotion dysregulation, neurodevelopmental disorders, foster care (individual/children/adolescents/families)



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).



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


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


Justin Lee,
Work Environment
Clinical Focus:  


Jennifer Clark, 
Work Environment
Clinical Focus


Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners


APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists & Code of Conduct