Research psychologist focused on shame, self-compassion, or interpersonal effects of emotion

Position description:

We are seeking a research psychologist to begin in the fall of 2019. Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center is a team of clinicians and clinical researchers who are dedicated to using science and the social enterprise model to make significant positive change in our local area and in the broader scientific community. We currently maintain a research lab focused on shame, compassion, and the interpersonal functions of emotion. We are looking for a candidate with a long-term commitment to research on these or closely related topics who also wishes to maintain a clinical practice. This person will operate in a scientist-practitioner role, spending the majority of their time on research with some time also dedicated to clinical, supervision, and/or administrative roles.

Recent and upcoming research projects at the center examine:

  • Shame, social interaction, and alcohol use
  • Shame and self-compassion as moderators and mediators of treatment outcome
  • Compassion, interpersonal behavior, and the interpersonal effects of emotion and emotion regulation in highly self-critical and overcontrolled individuals
  • Testing processes of change related to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Intervention development and testing of treatments for highly shame prone and self-critical people

The lab is headed by Jason Luoma, Ph.D., who is author of more than 50 chapters, books, and peer reviewed publications. The lab is also supported by a full time research coordinator and often by a postdoctoral fellow.

Applications are being considered at the independent and associate investigator level. Please specify which level you are applying for when submitting an application.

Independent Investigator

An independent investigator is interested in continuing their own line of research that complements current lab priorities so as to allow for cross-fertilization and collaboration. The investigator is expected to establish an ongoing line of research and publish at a level comparable to a productive assistant professor. Through the Center’s unique social enterprise model (see below), the research salary is completely paid via internal funding with additional funding available for equipment and participant payments. The services of the research coordinator are also available to support research studies. The researcher is not expected or required to secure outside research funding as part of the position, but will be supported if they wish to.

Associate Investigator

An associate investigator will assist in projects under the supervision and mentorship of Jason Luoma, Ph.D. Over time, the employee will have the opportunity to develop independent research projects that connect with the general research focus of the lab, which includes shame, compassion, the interpersonal functions of emotion, and intervention development relating to these topics. This position is most appropriate for those who feel they could use more mentorship before embarking on an independent line of research or those who prefer not to be in a primary leadership role in a research context.

As the lab already employs a full-time research coordinator who administers day-to-day aspects of the research, this associate investigator position focuses on more advanced tasks such as writing papers, analyzing data, developing intervention protocols, conducting interventions in research trials, supervision, developing new studies, and presenting at conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to scientific research and a record of publication in high quality journals
  • Strong commitment to the use of evidence-based practices in psychotherapy, ideally with training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), RO DBT, DBT, emotion-focused therapy, behavior therapy, or other newer forms of CBT.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research background in shame, self-criticism, social emotions, RO DBT, ACT, interpersonal functions of emotion, or self-compassion.
  • Advanced statistical knowledge in multi-level modeling and/or structural equation modeling.
  • Licensed in Oregon or license eligible upon hire.
  • Potential to be expert in their particular area of clinical focus.

This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with a full benefits package. Portland Psychotherapy strives to provide its staff with a high level of flexibility and autonomy and supports its employees in developing a sustainable work-life balance. The schedule is reasonably flexible and requires daytime hours. Portland Psychotherapy is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive staff. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Persons from historically underrepresented populations including gender, sexual, and racial minorities are encouraged to apply.

Pay is competitive and includes a fixed salary for dedicated research time and commission payments based on revenue generated from clients seen. The position may also involve developing and running groups or classes if desired. Portland Psychotherapy offers a benefits package which includes health insurance, retirement plan, travel, and training funds. Employees are also able to attend all training events sponsored by the center free of charge. We provide support and mentorship for clinicians and researchers in honing their expertise in their particular areas of specialty and our team seeks to support each other in their development of advanced skill and ongoing effectiveness.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume or CV to Please explain how your research serves a social mission. If you are selected, you will also be asked to submit information from three references. Review of applications is ongoing until a hire is made.

Location and Work Setting:

Portland psychotherapy is based on a social enterprise model that delivers three services:

  1. Specialty therapy services for the public
  2. Training in evidence-based therapy for professionals
  3. Scientific research to benefit all of humanity

Profits generated at Portland Psychotherapy go to fund the research our center is conducting. This includes dedicated research time for clinician-researchers and a full time research coordinator. Our funding structure protects Portland Psychotherapy from the vicissitudes of grant funding and allows us to focus on furthering science rather than chasing grants. In addition, this also allows our clinicians to operate in a true scientist-practitioner model through opportunities to both contribute to and benefit from research conducted in the center. More information about our unique business model can be found here.listing of our scientific publications can be found here and our lab homepage can be found here.

We are a collaborative group of skilled clinicians and researchers who work together to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve and to use our work to contribute to the broader scientific community. We all have a shared commitment to using science to address the problem of human suffering. We are motivated to develop and maintain expertise in what we do and are continually training and educating ourselves to excel in our areas of expertise. We are looking to add additional team members who share this vision. We strongly value cooperation and collaboration among our staff. Portland Psychotherapy is also highly committed to affirming inclusivity and diversity. Our center’s organizational structure allows us to serve clients with and without insurance, as well as those in financial need through sliding scale and low fee services.

Portland is a fantastic city that is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in America. The city has a vibrant and growing community of ACT and RO DBT clinicians and Portland Psychotherapy is seen by this community as a leading center for evidence-based therapy, ACT, RO DBT, training, and research in the area. Our center is housed in a beautifully restored 1889 Victorian home in the vibrant N. Williams corridor area of Portland which provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients and staff alike. For more information about building please see our website.