Education

  • Master of Social Work, 2000
    Health & Mental Health Concentration
    Family Therapy Specialization
    George Warren Brown School of Social Work
    Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2000 Certificate in Family Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bachelor of Arts: Major – Social Work, Minor – Spanish, 1998
    Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Practice Experience

  • 2010-Present Private Practice, Lake Oswego, Oregon
    Specialize in OCD, anxiety, health, and family issues
  • 2003-2009 Anxiety and Panic Treatment Center, Portland, Oregon
    Specialized in anxiety disorders and health issues
  • 2006-2009 Gales Creek Camp, Portland, Oregon
    Program Coordinator for Transitions Program
    Facilitate parent and teen groups
  • 2003-2008 Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon
    Provide counseling services and resources to families with children who have medical issues
  • 2000-2003 Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
    Provide treatment based family therapy to families with children who have type 1 diabetes

Professional Development

  • 2010
    Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conference, Reno, Nevada
  • 2009
    OC Foundation & Advanced Behavior Therapy Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2008
    Behavior Therapy Institute, San Francisco, California
    Gestalt Northwest training, Portland, Oregon
  • 2007
    Motivational Interviewing, Portland, Oregon
  • 2006
    Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder, Portland, Oregon
    Rational Emotive Therapy, Portland, Oregon (REBT certificate)
    Play Therapy, Portland, Oregon
  • 2005
    Overcoming psychosocial barriers to diabetes self-management, Portland, Oregon
    Mental health & behavioral issues in children & youth with special needs, Portland, Oregon
  • 2003
    “Effective Negotiation and Mediation,” St. Louis, Missouri (certificate)

Teaching Experience

  • Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon
    Guest Lecturer, 2010
    Bachelors level Clinical Psychology
  • Washington University, St. Louis Missouri
    Teaching Associate, 2001-2003
    Masters level Advanced Family Therapy
  • Washington University, St. Louis Missouri
    Guest Lecturer, 2000
    Bachelors level Health Psychology
  • George Warren Brown, Washington University
    Teaching Assistant, 1999
    Masters level Theories and Practice in Family Therapy

Supervisory Experience

  • 2007-2008 Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital, Portland Oregon
    Provided supervision to MSW in Pediatric Development Rehabilitation Unit
  • 2005-2006 Washington University School of Social Work, St. Louis, Missouri
    Provided supervision to social work student in pediatric diabetes clinic
  • 2002-2003 Washington University School of Social Work, St. Louis, Missouri
    Provided supervision to social work graduate student in the area of healthcare

Presentations & Projects

  • Mertlich, D. (2010)
    Anxiety disorders in children.
    Workshop
  • Mertlich, D. (2006)
    Listening to your teen with diabetes.
    Workshop
  • Mertlich, D. (2005)
    Behavioral Family Systems Therapy. Oral presentation in Astoria
  • Mertlich, D. (2004)
    Mental health & diabetes
    Diabetes expo
  • Wysocki, T., Harris, M.A., Buckloh, L.M., Mertlich, D., Lochrie, A., Taylor, A., Sadler, M.S., Mauras, N. & White, N.H. (2005)
    Effects of behavioral family systems therapy for diabetes on adolescents’ family relationships, treatment adherence and metabolic control. Oral presentation at American Diabetes Association Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Fulop, M.J., Mertlich, D. (2005, February)
    Pilot study to compare methods of delivery for BFST in a DVD format. Proposal presented at the Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange Conference, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Harris, M.A., Mertlich, D., & Harris, B.S. (2003, June)
    Effectiveness of in-home family therapy for adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes. Poster presented at American Diabetes Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Mertlich, D. (2003, February)
    Piloting a psychosocial intervention for well-siblings of youth with diabetes. Proposal presented at the Behavior Research in Diabetes Group Exchange Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Harris, M.A., & Mertilich D. (2001, April)
    Servicing train wrecks, derailments and other calamities: home-based family therapy for adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes. Paper presented at 8th Florida Conference on Child Health Psychology, Gainsville, FL.
  • Harris, M.A., Mertlich,D., & Seigel, A.C. (2000, March)
    Mi casa es su casa: home-based family therapy for poorly controlled teens with diabetes. Poster presented at the meeting of Great Lakes Society of Pediatric Psychology, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Harris, M.A., Mertlich, D., Sadler, M., & White, N.H. (2000, Feb.)
    Outcomes of home-based psychosocial intervention for teens in medical and psychosocial crisis. Paper presented at the meeting of the 14th Invitational Conference on Behavioral Medicine Research in Diabetes Mellitus, Amelia Is., Florida.

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant, 1999-2000
    Michael Harris Ph.D., Principal Investigator
    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
    In-home family therapy pilot and feasibility study
  • Project Coordinator, 1998
    Terry Peak Ph.D., Advisor
    Utah State University, Logan Utah
    Group work for individuals with Epilepsy

Publications

  • Wysocki, T., Harris, M.A., Buckloh L.M., Mertlich, D., Lochrie A.S., Taylor, A, Sadler M., White, N.H. (2008)
    Randomized, controlled trial of Behavioral Family Systems Therapy for Diabetes: maintenance and generalization of effects on parent-adolescent communication.
    Behavior therapy 39(1):33-46.
  • Wysocki, T., Harris, M.A., Buckloh, L.M., Mertlich, D., Lochrie, A.S., Mauras, N., & White, N.H. (2007)
    Randomized trail of behavioral family systems therapy for diabetes.
    Diabetes Care 30(3), pp. 555-560.
  • Wysocki, T., Harris, M.A., Buckloh, L.M., Mertlich, D., Lochrie, A.S., Taylor, A., Sadler, M., Mauras, N., & White, N.H. (2006)
    Effects of behavioral family systems therapy for diabetes on adolescents’ family relationships, treatment adherence, and metabolic control.
    Journal of Pediatric Psychology 31(9), pp. 928-938.
  • Harris, M.A., Harris, B.S., & Mertlich, D. (2005)
    Brief report: In-home family therapy for adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes: failure to maintain benefits at 6 month follow up.
    Journal of Pediatric Psychology 30(8), pp. 683-688.
  • Greco, P., Harris, M.A., Milkes, A., Sadler, M., Mertlich, D., Jones, J. (2003, June)
    Revealing the diagnosis of diabetes to friends: the beginnings of social support – psychosocial behavioral medicine. Diabetes.
    American Diabetes Assoication.
  • Harris, M.A. & Mertlich, D. (2003)
    Piloting home-based family systems therapy for adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes.
    Children’s Health Care 32(1).
  • Harris, M.A., Mertlich, D., & Rothweiler, J. (2001)
    Parenting the child with diabetes.
    Diabetes Spectrum 14(4), 182-184.

Manuscripts in Progress

  • Buckloh, L., Greco, P., Harris, M.A., Mertlich, D., & Wysocki, T. (2001)
    Behavioral family systems therapy with chronically ill adolescents and their parents.
    Unpublished Manual

Honors

  • 1998-00 Myrtle Blanck Larson Memorial Scholarship, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1998 Seely-Hinkley scholarship, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • 1998 Magna Cum Laude, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • 1996-00 Phi Alpha Honor Society

Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
  • Affiliate member of Oregon Psychological Association (OPA)
  • Anxiety Disorders of America (ADAA)
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)