Pamela J.Birrell, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor and Head Undergraduate Advisor
Psychology Department
1227 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1227
Phone: 541-346-4932
Fax: 541-346-4911


Selected course reading lists:

Culture and Mental Health (PSY 366)

Listening Seminar (Psy 607)


B.S., Chemistry, 1968, Arizona State University
M.S., Biophysics, 1968, University of Houston
Ph.D., Psychology, 1973, University of Oregon
Clinical Respecialization completed, 1986
M.M., Music Performance, 1985, University of Oregon
Licensed to practice Psychology in the State of Oregon, 1987, #748

National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Award, Arizona State University, 1964
National Institutes of Mental Health Predoctoral Research Award, University of Oregon, 1971
Mortarboard Teacher of the Month Award, University of Oregon, 1991

1977-1980 Staff Trainer and Educational Coordinator, University of Oregon Child and Development Center
1980-1985 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Oregon Psychology Department
1984-1985 Post-doctoral Intern, University of Oregon Counseling Center
1985-1986 Post-doctoral Intern, Delaunay Mental Health Center, Portland, Oregon. Included rotations at North Portland Youth Service Center and Dammasch State Hospital Summer,
1987 Interim Director, Aslan House Counseling Center, Eugene, Oregon
1987-present Instructor, University of Oregon Psychology Department
1987-1995 Director, University of Oregon Psychology Clinic
1988-present Private Practice with specialty in psychological trauma
1991-1996 Staff psychologist, Delaunay Family of Services, Portland, OR
1996-present Head Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, University of Oregon Psychology Department
2005- Completed Practioner Program at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute

Client Populations:
Experience with individuals and couples in the following populations:
Women in abusive relationships
Severely and pervasively mentally ill
Personality disorders
Problems of gender-- transvestism, transsexualism,
Anxiety-- panic and post-traumatic stress syndrome
Depression Group Therapy Experience:
Women in abusive relationships
General process therapy groups for men and women with relationship and
self-esteem issues
Inpatient Groups
Designed and ran groups for clients with multiple hospitalizations
Designed and ran groups for sexually abused girls and their mothers

Psychological Testing:
Experience with a wide variety of cognitive and personality evaluations. A partial list follows:

WAIS-III and WISC-III testing for welfare and Services to Children and Families
Complete personality and cognitive evaluations for sexual offenders
Neuropsychological testing for long term effects of neuroleptics
Inpatient testing for differential diagnosis of psychosis/drug abuse, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia

Workshops and Trainings Presented:
Workshops for professional counselors on the DSM-IIIR
Workshops for professional on personality disorders, feminist psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, Dissociative Identity Disorder
Workshops on Ethics and Relational/Cultural Theory

Supervisory Experience:
Supervision of advanced graduate students in clinical psychology on a variety of cases including dissociation, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, and
personality disorders.
Supervision of students offering the Coping with Depression course (designed by P. Lewinsohn, et al.)
Supervision of residents and interns on individual, couples, group, and family cases

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Infancy
Research Methods, Personality Research
Psychotherapies: Culture, Healing, and Ethics
Psychology of Gender
Culture and Mental Health

Graduate seminars:
Object Relations
Modern Psychoanalytic Theories
Feminist Psychotherapy
Psychological Trauma
Perspectives on Psychotherapeutic Listening
Ethics, Gender, and Diversity

Publications and Presentations:

Moore, C.B., Birrell, P., and Lewis, C. Variations on the chemical and mineralogical composition of rim and plains specimens of the Canon Diable meteorite. Geochemica y Cosmochemica Acta, 1967, 31, 1885-1892.

Nakaparksin, S. Birrell, P., Gil-Av, E, and Oro, J. Gas chromatography with optically
active stationary phases: Resolution of amino acids. Journal of Chromatographic Science, 1970, 8, 177-182.

McReynolds, J.H., Furlong, N.B., Birrell, P., Kimball, A.P. and Oro, J. Polymerization of deoxyribonucleotides by ultraviolet light. In A.P. Kimball and J. Oro (eds.), Prebiotic and Biochemical Evolution. Amsterdam-London: North Holland Publishing Co., 1971.

Lickey, M.E., Zack, S., and Birrell, P. Circadian rhythms in R-15 neurons in aplysia: Circannual modulation and extra-optic entrainment. Federation Proceedings, 1970, 29, 325.

Lickey, M.E., Zack, S., and Birrell, P. Some factors governing entrainment of a circadian rhythm in a single neuron. In M. Menaker (Ed.), Symposium on Biochronometry, National Academy of Science, 1971.

Rothbart, M. And Birrell, P. Attitude and Perception of faces. Journal of Research in Personality, 1977, 11, 209-215.

Rothbart, M., Fulero, S., Jensen, C., Howard, J., and Birrell, P. From individual to group impressions: Availability heuristics in stereotype formation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 1978, 14, 237-255.

Birrell, P. Feminist approaches to psychological trauma. Invited presentation at The Center for Community Counseling continuing education conference "Feminism and Trauma: Theories and Treatment," Eugene, Oregon February 25, 1995.

Birrell, P. Feminist Approaches to the False Memory Controversy. Paper presented
at the Association for Women in Psychology 21st Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 14 17, 1996.

Birrell, P. Feminist Psychotherapy and the memory controversy. Presented at enGendering Rationalities Conference, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, Eugene, April 18 20, 1997.

Birrell, P. Creating Connections Within and Between: Applications of the Relational model to Dissociation. Presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, Seattle, WA, November 14-17, 1998.

Birrell, P. Sticks and Stones: When Helping Hurts. Paper presented in a panel entitled Difficult Dialogues: What’s in a Word. Presented at American Women in Psychology 24th Annual Conference, Slat Lake City, March, 1999.

Birrell, P. Relational/Cultural Theory and the Ethics of Healing, a professional workshop presented at the University of Oregon, July 19-20, 2002. Approved by the National Association of Social Workers for continuing education credit.

Birrell, P.J. & Freyd, J.J. (2006). Betrayal trauma: Relational models of harm and healing. Journal of Trauma Practice , 5(1), 49-63.

Birrell, P. J. (2006) Ethics of Possibility: Relationship, Risk and Presence. Ethics and Behavior , 16(2), 95-115.

Birrell, P.J. (2006) Schizophrenia Under Siege: The Unmaking of a Disease. [book review] Journal of Trauma and Dissociation , 7(2), 91-95.


Pam Birrell
October, 2009
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