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 [email protected].  Include a description of your concerns and your phone number.  We will make contact with you within 2 business days.  We may ask for more information in order to route your concern to the appropriate person on the Ethics Committee. You can expect to hear from a committee member within a week following 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


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Heather Sheafer, PhD, (Chair)
Work Environment:  Forensic evaluation private practice
Clinical Focus: SPMI, PTSD, domestic violence, psychological evaluations in criminal and family law matters

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Erica Aten, PsyD (Member)
Work Environment: Intensive Outpatient Programs Director at Portland Mental Health and Wellness
Clinical Focus: Pediatric psychology, parent training, autism spectrum disorder, LGBTQ+, clinical supervision

Heather Bee, PsyD (Member)
Work Environment: Private Practice; Astoria, Oregon
Clinical Focus: Adult psychotherapy and psychological assessment/evaluation (anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions and adjustment issues, college adjustment, career and academic concerns); Clinical and ethical considerations with psychological practice in rural/small communities; Gestalt psychology and contemporary Gestalt therapy.

Kalin Burkhardt Clark, PsyD, ABPP (Member)
Work Environment: Adult Psychogastroenterology, Oregon Health & Science University
Clinical Focus: Health behaviors change and management of chronic health conditions, weight management, disorders of gut-brain interaction, disordered eating

Cindy Marino, PsyD (Member)
Work Environment:  Training Director, Lewis & Clark College Counseling Service
Clinical Focus: LGBTQIA+, attachment, clinical supervision and training


Jennifer Clark, PsyD (Member)
Work Environment: Clinical Director, Aspire Psychology
Clinical Focus: Children, Adolescents, and Families; Child Welfare; Parenting; Trauma; Attachment

Erin Steen, PhD, LP (Member)
Work Environment:  Private practice
Clinical Focus Sexual health/function/wellbeing, interpersonal process, life transitions, health promotion, harm reduction approaches, alcohol use/misuse.


Cathleen Turnage, PsyD (Member)
Work Environment:  Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University
Clinical Focus Working with children and adolescents within a medical setting, coping with chronic illness, non-pharmacological treatment for children with chronic pain conditions, neurological disorders, and headache disorders 


Dina Olave Wirick, PhD, LP (Member)
Work Environment  Private practice, Lecturer of Psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay
Clinical Focus: Adult pshychotherapy, Mood and Anxiety disorders, life transitions, and Latinx mental health


Alexandra Fisher (Student Member)
Work Environment: PsyD graduate student at Pacific University, Health Emphasis
Clinical Focus: Health Psychology, primary care behavior health, substance abuse, and chronic pain; ACT & CBT

Zac Kramer (Student Member)
Work Environment:  PsyD graduate student at Pacific University, Adult Emphasis
Clinical Focus:  Adult therapy and assessment; men and masculinity; trauma; psychodynamic psychotherapy


Darcy Gist Zornes (Student Member)
Work Environment: PsyD graduate student at Pacific University, Child Emphasis
Clinical Focus: Pediatric Psychology; Parenting; Integrated Care


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