Advanced training in psychological assessment
Dr. Linda Grounds holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology with a strong research and teaching emphasis. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After she received undergraduate and graduate school honors, including membership in the honor society Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate, she then completed an American Psychological Association-approved internship at Oregon Health & Science University.
At OHSU, Dr. Grounds also did a two-year fellowship focused exclusively on psychological assessment and a two-year postdoctoral residency that included psychological assessment and clinical treatment of late adolescents and adults.
Experienced clinical and forensic psychologist
Since 1987, Dr. Grounds has conducted psychological assessments and provided outpatient psychotherapy services. She has conducted forensic psychological assessments since 1999. Prior to this, she received extensive training in ethics, psycho-legal issues, assessment techniques and instruments, report writing, and testimony in forensic psychological evaluations. She brings this experience and training to each evaluation for state or federal court.
Specializing in forensic psychological evaluations
Dr. Grounds has conducted many forensic psychological evaluations, almost exclusively of individuals facing serious criminal charges including embezzlement, identity theft, drug offenses, assault and murder. The purpose of these evaluations has included:
- Assessment of psychological and intellectual factors relevant to understanding offense conduct and to plea negotiations and sentencing
- Assessment of competency to aid and assist, to enter a plea and to go to trial, especially in complex cases
- Evaluations of individuals’ mental state at the time of their offense conduct
Forensic psychology consultation and presentations
Dr. Grounds has an active treatment practice and enjoys providing consultation to psychologists and attorneys. She also writes articles and does professional presentations on topics related to forensic psychology. She is available to conduct forensic evaluations across Oregon and sometimes in other states.
Dr. Grounds also supervises psychologist residents and doctoral students who specialize in forensic psychological evaluations. These practitioners provide additional expertise for ongoing forensic evaluations.
Dr. Grounds lives and practices in Portland, Oregon. She is often accompanied to work by her Cairn Terrier, Higgins.