Margaret Cary, M.D., M.P.H.

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Psychiatry, Pediatrics
Special Interest:
Psychiatry (Child & Adolescent)
Accepting Patients:
English, Spanish (some)

"As a pediatric psychiatrist, I am grateful to have the unique privilege of participating in strategies to promote health and maintain resilience, addressing spirit, mind, body, and relationships. As an academic psychiatrist, I have the joy of working in an ardently curious community of colleagues and trainees dedicated to providing thorough and thoughtful care."


Margaret Cary’s career at OHSU began as a medical student in the combined MD/MPH program. As such, from the start, her training as a physician incorporated the goals of individual and community empowerment, primary prevention, strength-targeted interventions, and collaboration. She has always had interest in how culture influences one’s relationship with self, health, and illness. In particular she focuses on the ways in which culture contributes to resilience. Through opportunities to train and work internationally, in Bolivia, Guatemala, Nepal, and Haiti, as well as with specific cultural groups nationally, she has gained experience with the diversity and complexity expectations of health and treatment, as well as the universality of resilience. She very much enjoys practicing child and adolescent psychiatry as it enables her to practice medicine using an ethnographic approach, integrating individual health with ecosocial influences. It also affords the opportunity to help youth strengthen effective skills for self-care and to help families maintain mutually satisfying relationships. In order to provide both flexible and tailored care, Dr. Cary has obtained special training in trauma-focused cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, parent-child interactive therapy, and strategies of family therapy. In addition she has a strong affiliation with psychodynamic principles of symptom conceptualization and treatment provision. She was an American Psychoanalytic Association fellow in 2010 and continues to pursue study in psychoanalytic theory.

Dr. Cary developed a fondness for the way OHSU strives to care for its patients, students, and staff while a medical student. She is delighted to have returned to be part of the passionate and enthusiastic department of child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition to clinical work at Doernbecher and with the child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, Dr. Cary works at the OHSU Intercultural Psychiatry Program and is the course director for the psychiatry residency development and pediatric psychiatry seminar.

Additional Subspecialties/Special Interests include:

  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychotherapy
  • MindBody Medicine



  • Degrees:
    M.D., Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2006
    M.P.H., Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2006
    B.S., Brown University, Providence, RI, 1999
  • Residency:

    General Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle, 2010

  • Fellowship:

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s, 2011

  • Certification:

    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2011 (Diplomate)

    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry, 2010

    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012


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