Rory F. Richardson, Ph.D., ABMP, TEP
Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist • Licensed Psychologist, State of Oregon • HCPC-United Kingdom, Registered Clinical, Health & Counseling Psychologist, United Kingdom • Board Cerified, Diplomate in Medical Psychology, American Board of Medical Psycholgoy • TEP, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner, American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy • Chartered Psychologist, Psychological Society of Ireland • Post-Doctorate in Psychopharmacology, Prescribing Psychologists’ Register (including national board examination), 1999. • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology & Biopsychology, The Union Institute, 1994 • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodrama & Group Psychotherapy, The Moreno Institute, 1975.
His areas of specialization in Medical Psychology include the following:
• Pain Management
• Psychogenic interplay with Physical Illnesses
• Eating Disorders
• Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome
• Traumatic Head Injury
• Living with Chronic Disorders
• Stress impact on the Immune System (Psychoneuroimmunology)
• Integration of Eastern & Alternative Methods
• Biopsychological Aspects of Psychiatric Conditions
• Impact of Biology on Psychological Function
• Exogenous & Endogenous Addictions & Recovery
Dr. Richardson works with pediatric and adult patients with various conditions including bipolarity, OCD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, autism and other conditions. Because of special training and expertise in medical psychology, Dr. Richardson works closely with the individual's physician to help address a variety of issues and concerns including chronic pain, interplay of medical issues and psychological issues and others. Because of his background with Montessori Education and the use of play therapy methods, he is able to work with more challenging pediatric cases.
Dr. Richardson also provides both Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment to children, adolescents and adults. The Neuropsychological Testing & Assessment are usually related to various medical issues including traumatic head injuries, brain dysfunction secondary to hepatitis or other infections, MS and neurological symptoms. In addition, neuropsychological assessments are used in concert with the neurologist consultations, determination of pseudoseizure and other dysfunction of cognition, vascular dysfunction resulting in memory problems and/or cognitive decline.
The Neuropsychological Testing & Assessment provides an assessment of neuropsychological functioning which is used to rule in or rule out various neurologic conditions, the level of neurologic functioning and impact of any neurological condition or a systemic condition with impact on neurological function. The goals of these assessments are to assist patients and their families optimize function while coping with changes and losses.
Dr. Richardson was one of only two Certified Irlen Diagnosticians in the State of Oregon. Individuals with Irlen Syndrome or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome have slight to major distortions in their visual processing which they may not be aware of that impact depth perception, reading, energy level, light sensitivity and other functions. This condition is not related to impairment of the eye but rather relates to the quality and processing of the bioelectrical signal which the brain attempts to process. With this distortion, white spaces may glow or letters may feel like they move or print becomes washed out. By use of the right Irlen Filters, this distortion is corrected. Many individuals who have sustained head traumas have experienced this condition which is has also been called Post Trauma Vision Syndrome.