After Anahi Collado, PhD, completed her postdoc at Emory University in
Atlanta, the university recruited her
for an assistant professor’s job there.
But she turned it down when an
unusual, but appealing, opportunity
opened up: The ability to conduct
research in-house at Alvord Baker
& Associates, a group practice with
two locations in Maryland.
Now, Collado spends 80 percent
of her time providing therapy and
20 percent conducting outcomes
research in the practice and in local
public schools where she studies a
resilience program. The practice also
has a full-time research assistant
and director of research to support
the clinicians who are part of the
research team, which collaborates
with Catholic University.
“I have the scientist practitioner
model that everyone aspires to
have,” she says. “Here, it’s a reality.”
Offering in-house research is
also part of the allure at Portland
Psychotherapy Clinic, Research
and Training Center in Portland,
Oregon. Founding partners Jenna
LeJeune, PhD, and her husband,
Jason Luoma, PhD, were both
trained in the scientist-practitioner
model and wanted to design a
practice that lived up to that ideal.
“Even for the clinicians on staff
who don’t have research time, they
see it as a really valuable part about
why they are here,” says LeJeune,
who, with Luoma, detailed their
approach in Professional Psychology:
Research and Practice in 2015.
Providing research opportunities is just one of the ways these
successful group practices appeal to
clinicians—others include offering
flexible scheduling, community
service and mentoring. The
Monitor talked with LeJeune and others
to find out how they have created
group practices where clinicians
feel valued and empowered and
clients love to visit.
■ Encourage personal growth.
Another popular feature at Alvord
Baker is in-house continuing-education programs offered twice
a month on such topics as ethics,
telehealth and interjurisdictional
SECRETS OF A GREAT
These top practices offer opportunities for
research, pro bono work, built-in CE and more
to create a working environment that attracts
clinicians and clients alike
BY JAMIE CHAMBERLIN
Staff at IntraSpectrum Counseling in Chicago meet regularly to hash out
difficult cases in depth. From left to right: Rena McDaniel, Caleb Collins,
Iggy Ladden, Dr. Jamie Gayle, Erica Steenbergen, Dr. Lindsay Doyle, Devon
Migues and Dr. Cynthia Doodeman.