While working as a special education elementary school teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii, Roseann Getchell, PsyD, quickly noticed her students struggling with mental and physical health problems on a daily basis. These changes were impacting her students’ ability to learn and grow academically. Dr. Getchell wanted to reach people in similar times of distress and need – when their physical and mental health takes a toll on the rest of their life, and find ways to improve their functioning, relationships, and experience.
Dr. Getchell knows that all patients enter into the clinic with their unique set of strengths, challenges, and world views. She emphasizes the distinctive perspectives her patients have about their lives and works in a collaborative manner to help them achieve their health goals. She enjoys using humor, honest feedback, and creative problem solving with patients in a genuine approach to behavioral health care. Throughout her experience as a behavioral health provider, Dr. Getchell has valued her role as a compassionate team member above all else. She seeks to work alongside her patients on a path to wellness but believes in the power of, “The patient is the expert in their own life and health journey.” In addition, Dr. Getchell enjoys the fast-paced and team-focused nature of her work as a behavioral health provider. She is most energized when she can problem solve with others, think creatively, and approach problem solving from differing viewpoints. “Mental health and physical health are always related,” she says. “When we feel awful physically, we are often noting that we feel awful mentally and emotionally.” As a provider who focuses on working with patients to improve their health in a realistic and workable manner, Dr. Getchell operates from a strengths-based approach. She helps patients understand their health challenges from new and differing viewpoints, while working alongside people to problem solve, set health goals, and improve their quality of life.
Dr. Getchell completed her doctorate in psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and is a practicing, licensed psychologist. She also has a master’s degree in special education from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has had many different training and leadership experiences throughout her early career working at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents, providing assessments for those with learning disabilities, conducting research on bleeding disorder programs, teaching special elementary school education, working within a primary care medical home, and volunteering as a board member with both the American Psychological Association and Oregon Psychological Association.
Growing up in the Willamette Valley, Dr. Getchell is honored to be working so close to home. She enjoys spending time in the Pacific Northwest hiking, running, and skiing. She also engages in a regular yoga practice. Dr. Getchell is an avid Portland Timbers and Thorns Football Club fan and loves following local soccer games. She hopes to spend more time playing music and is learning how to play blues on the ukulele. Dr. Getchell also enjoys eating new foods and is thankful for the culinary choices available in the Portland-metro area.