James W. Carson Ph.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Clinical Psychologist

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (109 Ratings, 44 Comments)


  • Psychology

Special focus on

  • Health Psychology
  • Pain Psychology


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2002
  • Residency:

    • Health psychology intern, University of Florida Health Science Center/Shands Hospital, Gainesville FL: 2001-2002
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC: 2002-2005
  • Certifications:

    • Licensed clinical psychologist in Oregon, 2007
    • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) holder #4304 since 2012, issued by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) in the United States and Canada


Jim Carson, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist who has worked extensively with individuals suffering from persistent pain (back pain, fibromyalgia, cancer-related, multiple sclerosis, etc.), those with post-concussion/traumatic brain injury concerns, and patients referred for bariatric surgery consideration. Prior to becoming a psychologist he was a meditation teacher for many years, and is the lead author of Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: An Eight Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience. He has conducted innovative research on the application of meditation and yoga-based programs for various health conditions. Dr. Carson utilizes a variety of cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches with his patients, including mindfulness strategies, cognitive therapy, and biofeedback.


  • English
  • Spanish

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (109 Ratings, 44 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 19, 2019

    Good listener, knowledgeable

  • Dec 10, 2019

    This was my initial visit with Dr. Carson. My experience with him was one of mutual respect and easy communication. Dr. Carson is a genuine individual and one whom I feel comfortable sharing my issues with.

  • Nov 16, 2019

    I am very fortunate to have one of the finest psychologists helping me with my life-long trauma: Dr. James Carson

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Great listener, great questions, and helpful tidbits of advice

  • Oct 15, 2019

    I get so fine care at OHSU, it helps me so much.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Dr. Carson is knowledgeable, compassionate, and thoughtful. Great traits!

  • Sep 03, 2019

    He is helping me find ways to manage chronic pain from fibromyalgia. His knowledge of this syndrome has helped me greatly. I'm learning how to recognize the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. He is a very supportive person and I'm feeling more hopeful since I started working with him.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    he was professional, caring and took a good history

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Dr Carson helped m with terrible emotional and physical pain that I had given up on ever getting rid of. I am so grateful,

  • Jul 26, 2019

    He was very supportive of my situation and was a good listener. He gave me some resources I could use right away which helped a lot. I appreciated that he looked at my case as an individual and understood some of the problems I was having with trying to manage both fybromyalgia and osteoarthritis.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Mr. Carson was exceptionally professional and very helpful, and I will be rescheduling to meet with him at a later time. It was excellent service. Thank you.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Dr. Carson has been a significant help to me. Kudos and thanks to him!

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Sincerely interested in my care, proper assessment of my condition and finding ways to improve my overall wellbeing.

  • May 04, 2019

    I came to see him and my visit was very very comfortable. He made me feel comfortable. I was very nervous and anxious before I got there considering I've not spoken with a psychologist before. Anyways, it was a great experience. Like, I look forward to seeing him again. It was so wonderful. He made me very comfortable, like I said, and just very self insuring that it's possible to talk to someone about problems that you're having, and being comfortable doing that, and not feeling like you are put down in any way shape or form, or different problems that you have in your life. With me being overweight and going in for gastric bypass surgery, gave me great feedback and things I should work on to be successful.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr. Carson is the best

  • Apr 03, 2019

    I liked that it was quick yet thorough. He was easy to understand which of course is very helpful. The person who checked me in was plesant as well.

  • Mar 10, 2019


  • Feb 27, 2019

    DR. Carson has helped me so much with overcoming psychic scars from a childhood in the forties in Europe exacerbated with cruel child abuse....as if one of the two were not enough. I had given up trying to recover from bad depressions...and then, when I was very down I was refered to DR. Carson and it changed my lige. I am so very grateful.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    James was thoughtful while reading my responses on the questionnaire, I could tell by the questions he asked. He seemed genuinely interested in my health concerns and the future moving forward. I would recommend James to any of my family members.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    He was friendly and professional

  • Jan 26, 2019

    The appointment was very short. The Dr. was very polite and on time.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    A therapist who inspires rayher than pushes fotpr performance...he makes me WANT to do tidious hard exercises rather than making me feel guilty if I don’t measure up to his expectstions...so nice....!

  • Jan 22, 2019

    He is very helpful. He was able to refer me to a PT of my choice.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    He is like a wise friend

  • Jan 13, 2019

    I was very comfortable talking to him and felt he didn't judge me

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Very kind and compassionate

  • Dec 17, 2018

    I was seen for a bariatric phsyc evalvuation.He was very helpful!

  • Dec 15, 2018

    DR Carson helped me overcome my PTSD.

  • Dec 10, 2018

    Dr. Carson is, as always, very helpful and knowledgeable. I am especially impressed with his ability to create a comfortable environment in which to discuss difficulties of a personal nature. I trust him which is not is not easy for me.

  • Nov 19, 2018

    I find Dr. Carson to be extremely helpful as a traumatic brain injury patient and I value time with him and his insight into my experience.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Very capable, very knowledgeable and would recommend him.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Very helpful

  • Nov 03, 2018

    It would be hard to imagine a kinder, more professional and healing therapist than DR. Carson. He has actual helped me concour my PTSD from the forties in Europe...it is amazing to finally feel free. Talk about the healing touch...!!

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Mr. Carson was helpful with suggestions for me regarding my behavior changes needed for bariatric surgery. He listened and encouraged me in this endeavor.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Dr. Carson is a wonderful therapist. His feedback and suggestions are thoughtful, insightful, and timely. He clearly brings a profound understanding of fibromyalgia and creates a safe space to discuss the condition, something that is almost unheard-of for people working to manage the condition.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Dr. Carson really created an atmosphere that encouraged me to relax and share openly my concerns and goals. He has tremendous skill in establishing rapport, building trust, and eliminating the power differential between provider and client. He is down to earth and remembered what we had discussed during my first session. I felt that he really cared and he ?did his homework? on the issues that were of interest to me. The most valuable part of my work with Dr. Carson so far; is the installation of HOPE in my life and the non-judgmental stance he takes when sensitive topics are being discussed.

  • Sep 22, 2018

    He was down to earth, friendly, and capable. I actually enjoyed him.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    Dr. Carson is a kind but professional provider and gives excellent feedback.

  • Sep 11, 2018

    He came across as a very caring person and gave me helpful information on what to do next.

  • Aug 23, 2018

    I had an exceptional experience with Dr. Carson. He listened to my concerns and offered thoughtful responses and helpful guidance. I'm beyond fortunate to have access to providers of his caliber, especially given his extensive knowledge of fibromyalgia.

  • Aug 18, 2018

    He's a very understanding provider. Provides a lot of different types of avenue's to me, to explore as part of making sure I'm ok. I really do appreciate his attention to detail and just how many good suggestions he has for me. So, that's it.

  • Aug 16, 2018

    Dr Carson listens carefully and intelligently and asks ?s that help me to improve my pain management skills.

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Was helpful

  • Aug 11, 2018

    In the several years that I've been going to see Dr. Carson, he has helped me immensely. He has helped me crawl out of the rabbit hole. He's an awesome physician and I recommend him to anybody. Thank you.