Melissa Marquardt, Ph.D.

Training

    • B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Education from Whitman College
    • M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon
    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon
    • Clinical Internship from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    • *Current Psychologist Resident at Behavioral Diagnostics & Treatment

Experience

I graduated with my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2018. My clinical experiences focused on assessment and therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults from diverse backgrounds and with complex histories and symptoms. My clinical experiences in graduate school and while on internship included assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with significant emotional and behavioral challenges due to depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, or other environmental factors. I received specialized training and experience assessing and treating children and adolescents with challenging behaviors due to disruptions in their caregiving environment such as a history of foster care or adoption.  My assessment experience includes conducting comprehensive assessments to identify the root of why children may be having a hard time at home, school, and/or in their social environments.

Current Practice

I am currently a post-doctoral Psychologist Resident at Behavioral Diagnostics & Treatment working under the supervision of Drs. Forster and Fulop. My work emphasizes evidenced-based methods that have been extensively researched and shown to work in order to meet clients’ needs.

My clinical work is strongly influenced by motivational interviewing, social learning theory, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches, and trauma informed care. I view assessment and therapy as collaborative processes in which we will work together as partners to fully understand you or your child’s strengths and weaknesses, provide effective and efficient treatment to help you meet your goals, overcome barriers, and live the life you want yourself or your child to be living.

Assessment Services 

I provide early childhood assessments for children aged 4-6 years, including assessment of behavioral, social-emotional, and family functioning.

Therapy Services 

I provide behavioral therapy and parent training for young children demonstrating challenging behaviors at home or at school. This work is strongly based in social learning theory.

I also provide therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing significant difficulties with anxiety and depression. I take an eclectic approach, utilizing principles from motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and behavioral activation.

When providing therapy for children, I view parental involvement as crucial to children’s therapeutic success for several reasons. First, parents provide important information about their children’s past and present experiences which informs the identification of specific therapy goals and helps determine targeted interventions. Second, parental involvement is essential in order to help parents fully understand their children’s emotional experiences and behaviors. Third, it is difficult for anyone, especially children, to generalize skills learned in the therapy room to their natural environments; including parents in the therapeutic process allows for parents to help their children generalize and practice skills to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Please contact me either at dr.melissa.marquardt@bdtxpdx.com or call at 541-543-4446.

Melissa Marquardt, Ph.D.