Tamara L. Pederson PhD
The relationship between the patient and psychologist is the foundation upon which meaningful and effective care is built. Compassion and a deep interest in understanding others’ life experiences is always at the core of my interactions with patients. With these grounding values, patients and families can then affirm their strengths and discover their path to change and growth.
In 2010, Dr. Tamara Pederson joined the PANW as it’s first-ever psychologist, launching what has become a thriving integrated care practice. In her role as Lead Psychologist, she provides guidance in the ongoing development of integrated care services at PANW. Dr. Pederson speaks of psychology as her “second career”, having first earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy and working for several years with children and adolescents challenged by multiple disabilities and then in inpatient psychiatric facilities. Her interest in helping others and desire to learn led her to move on to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology – Fresno in 1994. Dr. Pederson sought training and professional experiences that would prepare her to work with a wide variety of people and address a broad range of concerns. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montana State University’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral work at Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center. Prior to joining PANW, Dr. Pederson worked in private practice settings and an integrated primary care clinic, and provided psychological services in a general medical hospital within the emergency department, medical/surgical, obstetrics, and critical care units. Dr. Pederson continues to treat a wide variety of behavioral health concerns and utilizes a number of different evidence-based treatment approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and clinical hypnosis. While her 25 years of professional psychology practice has honed her skills as a generalist, Dr. Pederson has a special love for integrated care and is honored to be of service to the children, adolescents, and young adults who choose PANW as their medical home. She practices in our Portland office.
Dr. Pederson seeks to understand how things came to be as they are and how they might evolve. Whether it’s why human beings are as they are, how societies and cultures evolved as they have, or why her peonies are not as fluffy as their neighbor’s flowers, she just likes to contemplate big questions- even if she never finds a good answer!
Dr. Pederson accepts the humanity of all people and believe that we are more alike than different.
Growing up on a farm but always a city girl at heart, Dr. Pederson lived and practiced as a psychologist in small towns and big metropolitan areas, but she believes Portland beats everything so far. She loves trying out new restaurants all over the city and she has been running away from cold, snowy climates for years! She finds such joy in helping, learning with, and laughing with all the amazing children and teens she meets at PANW. Getting to know her patients is such a wonderful process of discovery.