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. Jill Davidson 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. Davidson'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.

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Committee Members

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

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)


Catherine Miller, PhD (Chair)

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)


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!

Irina Gelman, PsyD

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


Nicole Sage, PsyD, (Chair Elect)

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)


Christopher Watson (student member)

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


Jamie Young, PsyD

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