Joanne Chan, Psy.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
  • Staff Psychologist, Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Dr. Joanne Chan is a psychologist and assistant professor who uses evidence-based treatment approaches to address psychological issues.

As a psychologist in the Resident and Faculty Wellness Program, Dr. Chan specializes in treating anxiety disorders, trauma-related issues, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. She also works with a range of other psychological issues like stress from life transitions, cultural identity development, anxiety related to discrimination and marginalization, and developing skills to live a life based on values in a high-pressure, fast-paced culture.

At the OHSU School of Medicine, Dr. Chan is an assistant professor of psychiatry. She provides outreach and community education on a range of topics related to health and wellness, particularly stress, anxiety, perfectionism, values, and burnout.

Prior to joining the RFWP team at OHSU, Dr. Chan was a staff psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy specializing in the ACT-informed exposure therapy for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. As an anxiety clinic faculty member at Portland Psychotherapy, she also provided training in evidence-based approaches for anxiety and OC-related disorders (including perfectionism) to postdoctoral fellows and practicum students.

Dr. Chan earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and her Psy.D. from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. After becoming licensed in 2009, she ran a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years, conducted clinical research on the effectiveness of various evidence-based approaches for hoarding disorder, and provided instruction to masters level counseling students as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Chan is married and has one daughter. She enjoys crafting, sewing, biking, and going to live music events in her spare time.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2000, University of California, San Diego
    • M.A., 2001, University of California, San Diego
    • M.A., 2006, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium
    • Psy.D., 2008, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology/ Palo Alto University
  • Internship

    • Pacific University School of Psychology, Psychological Services Center

Memberships and associations:

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences, 2019-Present
  • International OCD Foundation, 2004-2016, 2018-Present

Areas of interest

  • Psychological treatment for anxiety disorders, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorders, cultural identity development, values work.


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Mathews, C.A., Mackin, S.M., Chou, C.Y., Uhm, S., Bain, L., Stark, S., Gause, M., Vigil, O., Franklin, J., Plumadore, J., Smith, L.C., Komaiko, K., Howell, G., Vega, E., Chan, J., Eckfield, M., Tsoh, J.Y., & Delucchi, K. (2018). Randomised clinical trial of community-based peer-led and psychologist-led group treatment for hoarding disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 4, pp. 285-293.  
  • Chou, C.Y., Tsoh, J.Y., Vigil, O., Bain, D., Uhm, S.Y., Howell, G., Chan, J., Eckfield, M., Plumadore, J., Chan, E., Komaiko, K., Smith, L., Franklin, J., Vega, E., Delucchi, K., & Mathews, C.A. (2018). Contributions of Self-Criticism and Shame to Hoarding. Psychiatry Research, 262, pp. 488-493.  
  • Uhm, S., Tsoh, J.Y., Mackin, S., Gause, M., Chan, J., Franklin, J., Eckfield, M., Salazar, M., Vigil, O., Bain, D., Stark, S., Vega, E., Delucchi, K., & Mathews, C.A. (2016). Comparison of a peer facilitated support group to cognitive behavior therapy: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial for hoarding disorder. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 50, pp. 98-105.
  • Mathews, C.A., Uhm, S., Chan, J., Gause, M., Franklin, J., Plumadore, J., Stark, S., Yu, W., Vigil, O., Salazar, M., Delucchi, K., & Vega, E. (2016). Treating Hoarding Disorder in a real-world setting: Results from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. Psychiatry Research, 237, pp 331-338.


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