CAREER SUMMARY (PRIOR TO 2019 RETIREMENT)
Dr. Loveland’s career now spans over 40 years of private practice as a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in youth and family service. Licensed in Oregon (#369) in 1978, Dr. Loveland founded and then directed the Willamette Valley Family Center, P.C., a large private group practice in Oregon City. He has been in his own practice at his current location since 1995. His career focus has been on providing therapeutic and evaluation services for children, adolescents, and families, including the full spectrum of clinical issues that occur at home or in school. As a volunteer, he served for 20 years as a Board Member/Officer for Clackamas County Head Start. Dr. Loveland has been conducting custody, parenting plan, and forensic evaluations for child protection or adoption issues since 1978. He has been recognized as an expert witness in these matters in jurisdictions across Oregon and Washington. Custody and parenting plan evaluations, along with court-ordered parenting plan coordinator responsibilities, and forensic consultation in child custody matters are now the sole focus of Dr. Loveland’s practice.
Dr. Loveland graduated from Merrimack College in 1971 with a degree in psychology, and thereafter received his Master’s degree (1973) and his Doctorate degree (1976) from the A.P.A. approved program at the University of North Dakota. During graduate school, he completed four clinical training experiences all related to youth services. After completion of his studies, he interned in Portland at the Carl V. Morrison Center for Youth and Family Service (1975-76) and completed a two year residency with Multnomah County Mental Health/School Mental Health Program (1976-78). Throughout his educational career, Dr. Loveland received numerous scholarships and academic awards.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING BACKGROUND
Dr. Loveland’s past research experience largely involved child abuse and neglect. During graduate school, he taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and child development. As part of his clinical practice, Dr. Loveland has taught numerous classes for parents or presented at professional gatherings on topics that include child abuse/neglect, family mental health, child and adolescent development, learning disabilities, ADHD, marital issues, and parenting skills. In the forensic area, he has presented to various law groups on child custody issues in general, as well as issues related to specific family system characteristics, evaluation protocols, family analysis in litigation matters, child relocation, and expert witness issues.
Dr. Loveland is a member of the A.P.A., the O.P.A., and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (A.F.C.C.).