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Our Staff

Allan CordovaAlly Burr-HarrisCasey WixonCharlieDaniel MunozDarren Janzen
Debbie DwelleJeff SosneJenne HendersonJennifer Simon-ThomasJennifer AbelesJohn Liedel
Laura PagenstecherLeah KatzMariko ClarkMay LimMichael WoodMindy Ranik
Nichole SageRebecca MarcinRobin McCoyRose EagleSandra LareSandra MacPhail
Shawn MarshallStephanie VerlindenSusan Hutchison

Our Associates

Lance TurnerMichael SosneRebecca CorenIrene McConaghyRJ Layton

Staff 

allanAllan Cordova, PhD., Psychologist received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his internship and postdoctoral work at the University of Washington. He has worked with youth and families in hospital, clinic and school settings. A native Oregonian, he joined the Children's Program in 2002. He enjoys working with families and children of all ages. Areas of special interest include teenagers, couples, treatment of anxiety and depression, and family transitions.
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Ally Burr-Harris, PhD., Psychologist received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her areas of specialty include adoption, parent-child attachment, trauma, loss or bereavement, and behavior problems. Ally utilizes family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR, and trauma/attachment-focused therapy. She utilizes parent coaching in attachment skills and behavior management skills, collaborative problem-solving, story-telling and narrative work, play and art therapy, and individualized methods for building and mastering social, emotional, and behavioral skills. When adult issues are interfering with parenting, Ally provides individual, relationship-based, supportive therapy with adults. She also provides consultation and training to parents and professionals on topics related to adoption, attachment, trans-racial parenting, child abuse, and other forms of child trauma. Ally has worked in the child mental health field since 1988, and she has been a licensed psychologist since 2000. She has served on the Board of Adoption Mosaic, and she was previously the director of a child trauma program affiliated with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Curriculum Vitae: Word file  PDF file
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Casey Wixson, PsyD, Psychologist received his doctorate in clinical psychology, with emphasis in child and family practice, from Pacific University in Portland, OR. He has specialty training in assessment and intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and The Watson Institute (Pennsylvania). He also has extensive training in intensive behavioral intervention (ABA) and pivotal response training (PRT), as well as certifications in Chronic Disease Self-Management and Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Other areas of interest include: noncompliance, anxiety, depression, and assessment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Casey's approach to assessment and intervention is family and systems oriented, emphasizing education and positive interactions. He works from behavioral and cognitive-behavioral perspectives.
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Charlie is a five-year-old Golden Retriever. He has been coming to the Children's Program "for as long as he can remember." He has attended Ralley Obedience School and holds an advanced degree from PetSmart. Charlie is now a graduate of the Oregon Humane Society's AAI (Animal Assisted Therapy) Training Program. Charlie loves going to school and spending his days at the Children's Program.
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Daniel J. Munoz, PhD, Psychologist received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Eating and Weight Disorders Program. He works with children, adolescents, young adults, couples and families with issues of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sexual issues and emotional regulation (i.e. impulse control disorder, cutting, etc.). In addition, Dr. Munoz’s clinical expertise is in psychological assessment (ADHD, personality, executive functioning, intellectual testing).

He also offers a specialty clinic in the area of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, bariatric surgery assessment) and issues related to sexual and gender identity, in particular youth who identify as transgendered or gender questioning. Dr. Munoz uses an evidence-based approach towards treatment using modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the Maudsley/Family Based Treatment approach to eating disorders. Dr. Munoz has been an invited speaker at international conferences on eating disorders and the recipient of the 2009 Academy of Eating Disorders Young Investigator Award for excellence in research. Dr. Munoz is the past vice-chair of the Oregon Board of Psychologists.
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Darren M. Janzen, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from George Fox University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at Warm Springs Counseling Center and Training Institute in Boise, Idaho. He spent additional time completing an abbreviated fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University’s Child Development and Rehabilitation Center prior to joining the faculty in 2007. He maintains a clinical associate professor appointment in the departments of pediatrics and psychiatry at OHSU. Dr. Janzen's specialty areas include working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a wide range of psychological issues, including emotional/behavioral difficulties, attention problems, and learning differences.  He also works regularly with children and their families who are dealing with behavioral feeding disorders.  Areas of specialization include: ADHD, anxiety, depression, anger management, behavioral defiance/non-compliance, parent-child relationships, and chronic health conditions.  In particular, Dr. Janzen enjoys working with, and supporting the families of, both older children and adolescents. He utilizes a positive strengths-based approach and primarily works from a cognitive/behavioral and family systems framework.
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Debbie Dwelle, PsyD, Psychologist received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University with an emphasis in child and family practice. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Oregon Health and Science University. Her areas of interest include: neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment, chronic health conditions including pediatric cancer and chronic pain, learning and emotional disorders, ADHD, noncompliance, depression, and anxiety. She enjoys working with families and children of all ages, and has a particular interest in working with adolescent females. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and works from behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and family systems frameworks.
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Jeff Sosne, PhD, Psychologist is a graduate of Princeton and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He escaped New Jersey in 1978 and completed his internship and residency training at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. Jeff has been working with children since 1972 and has been with the Children's Program since 1980. Current interests include Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, anger problems, learning disabilities and group therapy for elementary age students with self-control problems. He is the author of two practical guides for parents and school personnel, "The ADHD Notebook and The Anger Notebook."
Curriculum Vitae: Word file  PDF file
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Jenne Henderson, PhD, Psychologist earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Louisville and completed her internship in Portland at Tualatin Valley Mental Health Center (now LifeWorks). Specialty areas include: anxiety issues and disorders such as separation anxiety, simple phobias, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and depression. She uses a combination of parent consultation, family therapy and applying cognitive, behavioral and practical solutions to meet the family's treatment goals.
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Jennifer Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., Psychologist received her doctorate from the University of Montana. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the National Institute of Mental Health. Jenny completed her Clinical Internship at Denver Health Medical Center. She has worked in a variety of settings including wilderness therapy, residential therapy, private practice, and in an interdisciplinary medical setting. Jenny has conducted early development, autism-specific, psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, as well as individual and family therapy. She has consulted extensively with medical providers and school districts regarding implementation of accommodations and interventions for mental health and medical conditions. Her treatment is solution focused and client-driven with a focus on Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Systems approaches. Psychological evaluations are focused on identifying strengths and weaknesses, and offering tangible recommendations for the home and school environments. Areas of specialty include young children, teenagers, therapy, evaluations, and treatment of anxiety (including OCD), ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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Jennifer Abeles, M.A., received her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. Her areas of interest include: ADHD, emotional regulation, noncompliance, parenting support, divorce and relationship adjustment, grief and loss, and chronic parental illness from a child's perspective. Jennifer utilizes a family centered approach focusing on emotional wellness:. She uses behavioral, strengths-based, and practical solutions. She has experience working with children's groups including Teens, Mindfulness, ADHD, and Autism parent support.
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John Liedel EMERITUS John is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has been with the Children's Program since 1980 following 5 years of residency and fellowship in pediatrics and child development at Oregon Health Sciences University, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children in London, England. John's practice includes medical evaluation of developmental, learning and behavioral problems, management of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, bedwetting, soiling and movement disorders.
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Laura Pagenstecher, Psy.D., M.A.T. Psychologist, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child and family practice from Pacific University. She completed her internship Daily Behavioral Health in Cleveland, Ohio working with children with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues and developmental disabilities. Laura completed clinical training with LifeWorks NW and the Forest Grove School District. She has a master’s degree in education has a clinical interest in educational issues. Laura was an educational consultant at Children’s Program prior to earning her doctorate. Her other areas of interest include psychological and educational assessment, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and adjustment issues. Laura enjoys working with children of all ages, and particularly with late elementary/middle school-aged children. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and works from behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused frameworks.
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Leah Katz, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a health emphasis from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in NY. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the Center for Applied Psychology in NY, where she saw children, adolescents, adults, and couples in therapy, and ran several groups. Dr. Katz has trained in various settings including an inpatient hospital, college counseling center, testing center, and outpatient community mental health. She has experience treating a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. Leah utilizes an eclectic approach in helping her clients achieve well-being, practicing mostly from cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral modalities. Leah has also trained in mindfulness, and attended the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction professional seminar under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zin.

Mariko Clark, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and has worked as a family therapist since 2010. She has experience counseling families throughout their lifespan, facilitating support groups and coordinating social services in hospitals and community mental health settings. Currently she works as the clinical intake specialist helping to connect families with Children’s Program services.
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May Lim, PhD, Psychologist is an Honors Program graduate of UCLA and received her doctorate in Counseling at the University of Oregon. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pediatrics at OHSU. Her clinical interests lie within behavioral health psychology, with a focus in childhood obesity. Whether it is getting on the right track to a healthier lifestyle or maintaining your child's health goals, Dr. Lim provides family-based strategies to address psychological and behavioral difficulties associated with childhood obesity such as acting out, teasing, sadness, or unhealthy lifestyle habits. Also, she has expertise in addressing common and severe behavioral challenges that often present in childhood and adolescence, such as noncompliance, bedtime problems, tantrums, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
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Michael Wood received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 1979 and has been with the Children's Program since 1997. Working as a part time intake specialist, Michael shares the responsibility of helping prospective clients utilize the services of our program.
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Mindy Ranik received her Master's Degree from the University of Vermont. She has been with the Children's Program since 1982, in varying roles as speech-language pathologist, intake specialist, and clinical services coordinator. The clinical expertise and information Mindy provides is a first step in the process of turning clients' concerns into a plan of action.
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Nichole Sage, Psy.D., Psychologist, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child and family practice from Pacific University. She has completed training at Wright State University, Dayton Children's Hospital, Morrison Child &amp Family Services, and Oregon Health &amp Science University-Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. Nichole has a special interest in evaluating and treating younger children who have developmental or behavioral challenges, including emotional dysregulation. She also has a background in helping children and families cope with medically-related problems, such as treatment adherence, feeding, toileting, and sleeping issues. Nichole utilizes a behavioral/cognitive-behavioral framework with a high degree of family involvement to develop and implement practical interventions.
Curriculum Vitae: PDF file
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Rebecca Marcin, Psy.D., Psychologist, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child and family practice from Pacific University. She completed her internship at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Southern California, working within the crisis-care shelter, residential, and non-public school programs. She has also completed previous clinical training at St. Mary’s Home for Boys, St. Cecilia School, and Morrison Child and Family Services here in Oregon. Rebecca enjoys working with children and families from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, and she has a particular interest in working with adolescent girls and with youth who have been a part of the foster care system. Her other areas of interest include: trauma, grief and loss, mood and emotional dysregulation, anxiety, adjustment and life transition problems, and high-risk behaviors. Rebecca practices within a behavioral/cognitive-behavioral framework and believes in the importance of involving a youth’s entire system to help make effective and lasting change.
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Robin McCoy, M.D. received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed a residency in primary care pediatrics at the University of Utah and then completed a fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. Her areas of specialty include autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, Tourette's Disorder, developmental disorders, and learning and behavior problems. Robin enjoys medical evaluations as well as ongoing medical/medication management. Robin has worked in the child development field since 2000.
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Rose Eagle, PhD, Psychologist received her Ph.D. at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Her training also includes an internship in pediatric psychology and developmental disabilities at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Eagle has an extensive background and training in the evaluation and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also provides evaluation and treatment for young children with various developmental, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. She enjoys working with children who are preschool through early high school age on issues of social skills and emotion-regulation. Her treatment approach tends to be family-focused and employs cognitive-behavioral strategies.
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Sandra Lare, D.O., is a 1992 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry – School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has worked as the Medical Director for Primary Choice Health and Circle of Courage in North Carolina, and in private practice. Sandy moved to Portland in January 2014 after a stint in Australia. Experienced in general psychiatry across diverse cultures, she has a particular interest in the treatment of adults using an integrative approach toward health and wellness.
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Sandra Stewart MacPhail, PhD, Psychologist earned her doctorate from Fordham University in New York City after completing pre-doctoral training at the New York University Child Study Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian in New York, and the Andrus Children's Center in White Plains, New York. Previously, she earned Master Degrees in Reading and Learning Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University and practiced as a Learning Specialist for many years. Current interests include learning and emotional disorders, ADHD, selective Mutism, neuropsychological testing, and the application of mindfulness practice to address attention and emotional disorders. Dr. MacPhail has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds and enjoys helping them to address home, school, and social challenges.
Curriculum Vitae: Word file  PDF file
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Shawn Marshall, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor is a licensed professional counselor that has over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He earned his Master’s Degree from Lewis and Clark College and has worked in residential programs, community mental health and consulted with school districts. He specializes in working with preteen/teens and has expertise in depression, anger management, anxiety, attention deficit, academic challenges, oppositional behaviors and social media/technology. He has presented on a wide range of topics centered on teens and parenting such as The Impact of Electronics on the Teen Brain and Parenting in Today’s Modern World. Shawn incorporates cognitive-behavioral and family system approaches into his work with teens while attempting to get teens to increase their ownership and parents to decrease their roles. He integrates parenting and school consultations into the counseling process if needed.
Curriculum Vitae: Word file  PDF file
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Stephanie Verlinden, PsyD, Psychologist received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University after working for many years as an educator, child development specialist, and school psychologist. She provides therapy, assessment, and school consultation for children and adolescents with a variety of difficulties, including ADHD, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, anger issues and family relational problems.
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Susan Hutchison, M.Ed. received her masters in education in Learning Disabilities from the University of Washington. Her experience over the past 30 years lends to her expertise in working with Learning Disabled and Attention Deficit students. Susan works with parents, students, and schools to build workable educational plans that accentuate students' strengths, build self-responsibility, and empower students through technologically assisted learning.
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Associates

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Lance Turner received his MD in 1991 from Oregon Health Sciences University. He also completed his Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Fellowship at OHSU. After training, Lance worked as an Attending Physician for a Day Hospital Program and has worked as the Medical Director for two residential programs. He has been a consultant at the Children's Program since 2001 and his specialty includes diagnosis and medication treatment of child and adolescent psychiatric issues with interests in anxiety and mood disorders in teenagers.
Curriculum Vitae: Word file  PDF file
michael

Michael Sosne is a native Oregonian who has been working with children since his early teens; teaching swim lessons, martial arts, and music. Today,
Michael enjoys working with students of all ages on a variety of subjects such as: math, skills for school success, and organization/time management.
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Rebecca Coren received her Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Sonoma State University, with post-Masters certificates in Marriage and Family Systems. She has practiced in a variety of treatment settings including therapeutic child care, college counseling, community mental health and private practice. Areas of specialty include: postpartum depression, anxiety, parenting skills, attachment parenting, couples counseling, intimacy and sexuality, sexual minorities, families affected by addiction, chronic illness, trauma recovery, and grief and loss. She is available for informative talks on Helping Anxious Parents, How to Lovingly Detach From Your Older Child, Adult Development and Lifelong Learning, Anger Management for Parents, and Parenting in a Homophobic Society.
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Irene McConaghy, M.Ed. did her undergrad work at Western Washington University earning a degree in Education with endorsements in special and elementary education and minors in reading and history. Irene received her masters of science in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon. She earned her administrator’s credentials from Lewis and Clark college. Her experience over the past 30 years in public education has given her experience with elementary, middle school and high school age students. She has taught in both special education and general education classrooms and has provided extensive mentoring and teacher in-service training workshops. She has working knowledge with students who have a specific learning disabilities, language impairments, ADHD, and behavioral concerns, as well as those individuals considered on the Autism Spectrum. She has also had experience working with students considered “at-risk.” Irene has worked with parents, students, and school staff to evaluate and develop individual educational plans that assist students in accessing and becoming successful within the general education curriculum.
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RJ Layton attended University of Southern California and received a BS in Business and an MFA in Interactive Media. He has worked with large companies like Electronic Arts, and has been an independent contractor and a consultant on various projects. Recently RJ has been working with the Children’s Program to develop the Spelling Teacher and Clear the Board computer games for kids. RJ will be working with students as a tutor and is developing a series of technology based classes called ByteSize Labs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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