Saskia Hostetler Lippy, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
  • Medical Director of Acute Crisis Services at Cascadia Health


Saskia Hostetler Lippy is a psychiatrist who holds as her core value humanism in medicine.  A proud member of the Cascadia Health team, she is working to ensure whole health for our most underserved members of society. She has worked in her career as a mental health care advocate and activist and identifies as a wounded healer. Interdisciplinary in her approach, she has been involved in the fields of psychiatry, therapy, psychoanalysis, community psychiatry, translational science, public health, peacebuilding, climate change adaptation, violence prevention and mental wellness.

In her twenty+ years of the clinical practice of psychiatry, she has honed a deep understanding of the human psyche and the forces/traumas which shape all of us from a young age. Her expertise is in early childhood trauma, depressive and anxiety disorders.  Her work is trauma-informed and strives for systemic cultural change.  She believes that it is only in our brokenness that we are truly healed.

She received a certificate in Psychoanalysis-Oregon in 2010 fron the Psychoanalytic Center, and a certificate in Public Health and Climate Change in 2022 from Yale University School of Public Health.

Education and training

    • M.D., 2001, Case Western Reserve University
  • Internship

    • Oregon Health & Sciences University 2001-2002
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, BLS 2024, FEMA IS-00100IS-00100, Psychological First Aid, Psychological Skills of Recovery

Memberships and associations:

  • Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association
  • Volunteer Trainer with Crisis Emotional Care Team at Vibrant Emotional Health, Volunteer for Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Project

Areas of interest

  • Community psychiatry, Disaster psychology, Peacebuilding, Violence prevention, Mental health advocacy, Writing

Honors and awards

  • Named Portland Top Doctor by Portland Monthly Magazine (peer nomination) in 2013, 2014, 2020, 2021, 2022


Selected publications

  • “On Telling the Truth To Ourselves”, published in PeaceVoice, Counterpunch, City Watch LA, Daily Advent, LA Progressive,  August 2021.
  • “When a Movement Fails to Uphold Its Standards of Justice”, with Braxton Hale, published in Peace Voice, Daily Advent, Westside Gazette, LA Progressive, The Daily Review, Sierra County Prospect, South Florida Times, Z Net, Counterpunch, August 2021.
  • “A City Wrestles” published in PeaceVoice, LA Progressive, Counterpunch, Black Commentator, April 2021.
  • “Women in Crisis: Will the Violence Ever Stop?” published in: Black Star NewsJulian NewsThe ChronicleZ NetBandera BulletinCounterpunch, March 2021.
  • “Rewriting Portland’s Violence Narrative”, with Randy Blazak and Tom Hastings, published in The Oregonian, March 21, 2021.
  • “The Good, The Bad and The Profound” published in: City Watch LA, LA Progressive, Counterpunch, Z Net, Sierra County Prospect, Westside Gazette, February 2021.
  • “America Through the Eyes of Sil D” with Sil D, published in: LA Progressive, Westside Gazette, Counterpunch, Progressive Party USA, February 2021.
  • “Honoring Dr. King” published in: Gorham Weekly, Counterpunch, The Chronicle, Opera News, LA Progressive, Twin City Times, Forward Kentucky, January 2021.
  • “How We Can Be Better Than This” published in: News-Herald, LA Progressive, The Westside Gazette, ZNET, City Watch LA, Sierra County Prospect, January 2021.
  • “Security Culture and a New Day in Portland” published in: LA Progressive, Anchorage Press, Counterpunch, Progressive Party USA, Sierra County Prospect, Westside Gazette, Opera News, The Daily Review, January 2021.
  • "Burnout and the Effect on the Global Health Care Workforce Crisis: An Expert Panel Discussion." Carrie M Davino-Ramaya, MD, Saskia Hostetler Lippy, MD, April Naturale, PhD, MSW, J Corey Feist, JD, MBA, Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, and Dawn Clark. The Permanente Journal Vol. 27, No. 2. June 8, 2023


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