Meghan A. Marty, PhD, Geropsychologist
The majority of my clinical training and professional experiences have focused on older adults and their families with concerns about adjustment, mood, and anxiety; normative and non-normative bereavement; palliative care and end-of-life issues; interpersonal difficulties; chronic illness/injury; family caregiver stress; and cognitive impairment.
I take a strengths-based approach to my work, using interventions based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), person-centered/Humanistic therapy, and multicultural counseling to facilitate the mental health and well-being of my clients. My clinical research has explored coping and adjustment in older adults, as well as protective factors against late-life suicide.
I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2012. I completed a geropsychology-focused pre-doctoral internship (2011-2012) and a palliative care-focused post-doctoral fellowship (2012-2013), both at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System in Palo Alto, CA. My graduate program, internship, and fellowship are all accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), which ensures the highest quality of training in my field. Since 2013, I have been licensed to practice psychology in the state of Oregon.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Oregon Psychological Association (OPA), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). For two years, I served on the board of the Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (OACBS) and am currently the Chair of the Lifetime Learning Committee for the Society of Clinical Geropsychology.
Collin Riberdy, MA, Practicum Student (2019-2020)
I am currently a student at Pacific University working towards my doctorate in clinical psychology and am supervised by Dr. Marty. My education and clinical experiences at Pacific University have provided me with specialized training in working with diverse individuals across different ethnicities, nationalities, genders, religions, sexual orientations, and ages regarding mood/anxiety disorders, substance abuse, trauma, brain injury, neurocognitive disorders, dementias, chronic health conditions, and stress related to marginalized identities.
My clinical area of interest is in neuropsychology, dementia, and other neurocogntive disorders. I have previously enjoyed clinical practicum experiences in medical, university, and community mental health settings within the Portland metro area. I utilize a primarily strength-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach in my work with clients that incorporates focus on health, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and acceptance interventions, and multicultural influences.
I had many volunteer opportunities working with older adults beginning at a young age through my mother’s work at an assisted living facility. These experiences prompted my interest in problems that disproportionately affect older adults and their families (e.g., grief, chronic pain/illness, dementia, changes in roles, elder bias in American culture, health/financial concerns, loneliness, and caregiver stress). I continued to volunteer in this sector through college by working with older individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias at a memory care unit within my local hospital. I learned a lot about the aging process through these experiences including the effects of different mental and medical problems as well as how to communicate about these concerns with medical providers, families, and caregivers. I joined Rose City Geropsychology in August 2019 to gain even more experience working with older adults and learn more intimate knowledge of the everyday experiences older adults face.