Program Faculty

OSH-PIP Administration

Dr. Leeper serves as Co-Training Director of OSH-PIP. She is also a Certified Forensic Evaluator and a supervising psychologist in the Forensic Evaluation Service (FES) rotation. She has worked at OSH since June 2014. She received her doctoral degree from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2004. She completed her internship at Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts, and her post-doctoral training through the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Forensic Health Services. She has been completing court ordered evaluations including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, diminished capacity, and sexually violent predator risk assessments as a licensed psychologist since 2005. Her clinical and research interests include the forensic evaluation of competence, responsibility, and diminished capacity; sexual violence risk assessment; deception and malingering in forensic and clinical contexts; and assessment of psychopathology.

Dr. McCollum serves as Co-Training Director of OSH-PIP, and is a unit psychologist within the Competency Restoration Program. She has worked at OSH since August 2011. She received her doctoral degree from Pacific University and completed her internship and post-doctoral training Florida State Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include forensic evaluation, competency restoration, risk assessment, deception and malingering in forensic and clinical contexts, and assessment of psychopathology.

Dr. Newbill is the Chief of Psychology at OSH. He came to OSH from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in December of 2011. He graduated from the University of Houston under Gordon Paul, PhD. He is currently a member of the APA’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disorders and is the Chair of the Community and State Hospital Psychologists Section of Division 18 in APA. He is interested in schizophrenia, EBPs, and violence. As a child, his mother took him to live with her where she worked: a residential treatment facility housing 30 people who had serious mental illness. He learned how to drive a car on the grounds of a state psychiatric hospital in Hawaii.

Internship Training Committee Members

Dr. Ball is a supervising psychologist in the Competency Restoration Program and has worked at OSH since 2011. She is also a Certified Forensic Evaluator and maintains a private practice. Dr. Ball received her doctoral degree from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (currently Palo Alto University). She completed her internship training at the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. She completed her post-doctoral training at Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology Services, P.C. She has earned her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law through a joint J.D./Ph.D. program. Her clinical and research interests include forensic evaluation, neuropsychological assessment, competency restoration, assessment of psychopathology, and supervision.

Dr. Hvizdak is a supervising psychologist for interns in the Sex Offender Treatment rotation. She is a member of the Sexual Offending Treatment Program (SOTP), providing both sex offense specific treatment and evaluation services at OSH. She received her doctoral degree from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and completed both her internship and post-doctoral training at Torrance State Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include sexual and violence risk assessment, sex offense specific treatment, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Dr. Ingram is a supervising psychologist in the Forensic Evaluation Service (FES) and has worked at OSH since August 2016. She is board certified in forensic psychology. She received her doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2015 and completed her internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Ft. Worth. She completed a formal post-doctoral forensic fellowship at Central State Hospital in Virginia. She is a Certified Forensic Evaluator and completes competency, responsibility, and diminished capacity evaluations. Her clinical and research interests lie in intersections between forensic assessment, personality assessment, and the severely mentally ill.

Dr. Lagattuta is a supervising psychologist in the Risk Assessment Program. He has been a Risk Assessment Specialist at OSH for the past 3 years and devotes his time to conducting and reviewing risk assessments, and providing consultation, training, and assisting in the development of hospital policies and protocols related to risk. For the prior six years he worked as a psychologist on both Incompetent to Proceed and Guilty Except for Insanity (GEI) units. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in 2007 and his early interests included psychodynamic psychotherapy, substance abuse, Attachment Theory, and working with SPMI populations. More recently his focus has been on the assessment and management of violence risk and psychopathy.

Dr. Murakami-Brundage is a supervising psychologist for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis minor rotation and serves as the OSH-PIP Research Committee Chair. She has worked at Oregon State Hospital since 2013, first on a GEI unit, and then on a “370” unit. She continues to search for time (and occasionally succeeds) to conduct independent research at the hospital. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and regularly presents at national conferences. In addition to providing clinical supervision, she provides supervision of dissertation research at the hospital. She is an active member of APA’s Community and State Hospital section of Division 18, and for the past three years, has been a member of APA’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance. She attended graduate school at the University of Oregon, completed her internship at the VA-Pacific Islands Healthcare System, and her post-doctoral fellowship through a T32 grant at the Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision or Dr. Aaron T. Beck.

Dr. Orf is a psychologist who serves on OSH-PIP’s research committee. He completed his internship at OSH in 2017 and his residency in 2018 in the Guilty Except for Insanity (GEI) program/Behavioral Psychology Services. He received his doctoral degree from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. He is a Certified Forensic Examiner and completes competency, responsibility, and diminished capacity evaluations as a part time member of the Forensic Evaluation Service.  His clinical and research interests include forensic assessment, deception and malingering, and substance use disorders.

Dr. Phillips is a supervising psychologist in the gero-psychiatric/neurobehavioral Springs program and has worked at OSH since July, 2010. She received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at OSH. Her clinical and research interests include adult development and aging; geriatric mental and behavioral health; and assessment of neurocognitive functioning, decision-making, and functional capacity. 

Dr. Porter is a supervising psychologist in the DBT Program, and has worked at OSH since September 2014. She received her doctoral degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia and completed her internship at Fulton State Hospital with rotations that included Dialectical Behavior Therapy and assessment and treatment of sexually violent predators. Her clinical and research interests include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, treatment of sexual offenders, and treatment of suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and aggression.

Dr. Rideout is a supervising psychologist in the Forensic Evaluation Service (FES) and previously served as a supervisor for the Competency Restoration Program. She has worked at OSH since 2013. Dr. Rideout received her doctoral degree from Pacific University. She completed her internship training at the Vacaville Psychiatric Program within the California Department of State Hospitals, and completed her post-doctoral training at Georgia Regents University/East Central Regional Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include forensic evaluation, competency restoration, supervision, and  assessment of psychopathology.

Dr. Robertson is a supervising psychologist for interns co-leading Practicum Group Supervision and she has worked at OSH since September 2016. She received her doctoral degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She completed her internship training at the Yale Department of Psychiatry Adult Community Mental Health track and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Connecticut in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation program. Dr. Robertson’s interests include recovery-oriented treatment of complex trauma and psychosis, program development, training, and mental health policy. 

Dr. Sankaram is the supervising psychologist for the Sex Offender Risk Assessment rotation. She has worked at OSH since September 2015 and is the lead worker for OSH’s Sexual Offense Treatment Program (SOTP). Dr. Sankaram earned her first master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2008), and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University with a specialization in forensics (2014). She completed her internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, followed by a formal post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Treatment Center. Dr. Sankaram is a Certified Forensic Evaluator and is MAHPS-credentialed to conduct Sexual Risk Assessments. At OSH, Dr. Sankaram’s roles include completing evaluations specific to sexual and violence risk, psychopathy, and adjudicative competency, as well as providing consultation and trainings to OSH staff and developing SOTP protocols and programming. She is also a member of the Risk Assessment Committee.

Dr. Snyder is a supervising psychologist in Guilty Except for Insanity (GEI) Program, and provides consultation across units as a part of the Behavioral Psychology Services team. She has worked at OSH since 2013. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in 1998. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at a joint program between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship on the Pre-trial Evaluation Unit at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before coming to OSH, she was the Chief Psychologist on both the Adult Admissions Unit and the Forensic Services Unit at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, North Carolina. Her clinical and research interests include assessment and treatment of severe psychopathology, particularly schizophrenia; assessment and restoration of competency to stand trial; and assessment and treatment of those found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Dr. Thomas is the supervising psychologist for the Neuropsychology Assessment and Psychotherapy minor rotations. He came to the hospital in 2014 after completing residency and working as a staff psychologist at Napa State Hospital.  Dr. Thomas completed his graduate education at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California, where he emphasized neuropsychology, geropsychology and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  He is especially interested in forensic neuropsychological assessment, personality and psychodiagnostic assessment, the development of strategies to improve cognitive functioning in persons with psychiatric and neurological conditions, and adapting psychoanalytic theory and interventions to the treatment of persons with severe psychiatric disorders in a hospital setting.