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Carly Lingenfelter, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Dr. Lingenfelter is an assistant professor of psychiatry and licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical scope of practice encompasses consultation, assessment, individual psychotherapy, and group skills training. 

As a psychologist in the Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Lingenfelter enjoys working with both under- and over-controlled patients to build the lives they want to live and share with others. She specializes in treating both acute and chronic anxiety and a mood disorders, PTSD and other trauma-related issues including interpersonal or institutional betrayal, and disorders characterized by emotional dysregulation or rigidity – particularly Borderline and Obsessive-Compulsive personality disorders. 

She is trained in standard and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy and generally takes a (warm, creative, and irreverent) behaviorist approach in her therapeutic practice. In her faculty role, she enjoys teaching and supervising psychology and psychiatry trainees in these areas. 

It is particularly meaningful to Dr. Lingenfelter when she can bring evidence-based care to those whose well-being is often neglected by healthcare systems. This includes helping fellow sexual and gender minority folks access affirming care and heal from chronic invalidation or supporting other healthcare providers as they attempt to meet their professional responsibilities and retain their humanity. 

Dr. Lingenfelter is a Chicagoland native but has lived and learned all over the United States (and ever-so-briefly, the south of France), including Illinois, North Carolina, Oregon, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Of all of those places, she has only ever returned to one – Oregon. She lives happily in Portland with her wife and their menagerie of pets.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S., 2008, University of Illinois
    • M.A., 2010, Wake Forest University
    • Ph.D., 2016, University of Oregon
  • Internship

    • Yale-New Haven Hospital Intensive Outpatient DBT Program
  • Certifications

    • Oregon State Board of Psychologist Examiners

Areas of interest

  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Psychological trauma
  • Over-controlled coping
  • Institutional betrayal
  • Dialectical behavior therapy


Selected publications

  • Smidt, A. M., Rosenthal, M. N., Smith, C. P., & Freyd, J. J. (2019). Out and in harm's way: Sexual minority students’ psychological and physical health after institutional betrayal and sexual assault. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 11, 1-15, doi: 10.1080/10538712.2019.1581867
  • Smith, C. P., & Freyd, J. J. (2017). Insult, then injury: Interpersonal and institutional betrayal each predict health and dissociation. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma. 26, 1117-1131. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2017.1322654
  • Smith, C. P. (2017). First, do no harm: Institutional betrayal and trust in healthcare organizations. Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 10, 133-144. doi: 10.2147/jmdh.s125885


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