Linda W. Miller, PhD - Retiree

Linda W. Miller, PhD

Portland – Retired June 2021

It is with pleasure that I write some details about my professional career as a psychologist. I was licensed in California from 1983 through 1996 and Oregon from 1996 to 2021. I retired in June 2021 and I am currently living in Portland, OR.

My professional life consisted of both private practice and teaching in CA and OR. In CA, I was an associate professor on the clinical faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine, where I supervised and taught psychology interns. As part of my faculty assignment, I was on the first multidisciplinary team at the USC House Ear Research Institute, where I did psychological evaluations on post-lingually deafened adults who were candidates for the cochlear implant program. I also developed a private practice treating adults using psychoanalytic principles. During this time, I finished a psychoanalytic psychotherapy program at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.

In 1996, I moved to OR, first to Bend for 3 years, and then to Portland in 1999. In Portland, my professional life was centered both in teaching and private practice. I helped to develop the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Oregon Center for Psychoanalysis, and was involved in teaching and supervision in the program for many years. Additionally, I was on several committees of the Oregon Psychological Association (OPA). My full-time private practice consisted of treating couples and individual adults using psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I terminated my practice in May of 2021 feeling good about what I had accomplished, and ready for the next step.

Since retiring my husband and I have travelled extensively. Some of this was done in the US, seeing our families and friends, and the remainder was in Spain and Morocco. We enjoyed it all and learned a lot about ourselves and other cultures. Currently, I am very busy enjoying experiences that I never had time for while working. I am taking an Ikebana class, joined two book clubs and a knitting group, and am spending quality time with my good friends who have also just retired. We are planning a trip to Japan next year. I have many things I look forward to in the future, and will be able to spend time with my three grandchildren (one is at the Honors College at the University of Oregon). Mostly I can’t wait to spend more of my time with my husband and friends in the outdoors kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, birding, and mushrooming. That is another place where retirement comes alive for me.