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

4.8 out of 5 (92 Ratings, 38 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


Jim Carson, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist who has worked extensively with individuals suffering from persistent pain (such as those with chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, and multiple sclerosis), those with post-concussion and traumatic brain injury concerns, and persons referred for consideration for bariatric surgery. Dr. Carson utilizes a variety of cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches with his patients, including mindfulness strategies, cognitive therapy, and biofeedback. Prior to becoming a psychologist Dr. Carson was a meditation teacher for many years. He has conducted innovative research on the application of meditation and yoga-based programs as adjunctive treatments for various conditions.


  • English
  • Spanish

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (92 Ratings, 38 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

  • 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.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    Dr. Carson is an experienced therapist that I value highly. He has helped me greatly in the time that I've seen him and I hope to see him again. The intelligence is beyond anybody that I've come in contact with at OHSU. I thank him for his service.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    I think he's been very helpful to me and I think he's excellent. I like that he encourages meditation and he's just very good at what he does and he's excellent.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    Very caring, compastionate man . Certainly someone I enjoy in my life at this time of change

  • Jul 09, 2018

    it was fine

  • Jul 09, 2018

    Finally, after many many years of suffering from bad PTSD dr. Carson has had the skill, patience and compassion to help me have a good life and feel like a “real person” every day. I had given up....but here was help thank God.

  • Jun 12, 2018

    The doctor was very thorough and asked questions for clarification. He was very diligent, but explained everything in a very easy to understand way. He was very compassionate and caring.

  • Apr 25, 2018

    Jim Carson was very nice. he recommended a book for me and it goes with my DBT book so it's easy for me to understand its concepts.