Sara J. WalkerPh.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine

Expertise

  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Psychology

Special focus on

  • Neuropsychology

Biography

I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, with those who are seeking neuropsychological evaluation for diverse reasons. I grew up in Portland and began my study of psychology at the University of Oregon. I later completed my masters degree (counseling psychology) and Ph.D. (clinical psychology) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I specialized in clinical neuropsychology during my internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and further specialized in clinical neuropsychology with a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Among the wide variety of individuals I have met throughout my training, I have had specific clinical experience in evaluating adults with psychiatric illnesses, substance use disorders, head injury, and chronic medical illnesses (e.g., diabetes, hepatitis). Although my work is quite different from the therapy often provided in psychologists’ offices, I believe that the experience of a neuropsychological evaluation can be a therapeutic one.

Neuropsychological evaluation can provide helpful information about cognitive and emotional functioning to patients, their families, and their healthcare treatment teams. I work closely with my patients to provide answers to their individual questions, as well as to inform general healthcare treatment planning.

As a native Portlander, I am aware of the role OHSU plays in our community and it is exciting to work among such a motivated and exceptional group of healthcare providers.

Education

  • B.S., 2003, University of Oregon
  • Ph.D., 2009, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Residency:

    • Internship in neuropsychology; VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, 2008-2009
  • Certifications:

    • Psychologist, Michigan #6301014318 Psychologist, Oregon #100198

Languages

  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Psychological Association (divisions 12 & 40)