Suzanne Best is a Clinical Psychologist in Portland, Oregon providing psychotherapy, forensic evaluation, and consultation with extensive expertise in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions.

After over a decade of directing research with combat veterans, police personnel, and civilian trauma survivors at the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, Dr. Best relocated to Portland, OR where in addition to research, writing, and teaching, she has a private practice specializing in the treatment and forensic evaluation of trauma and stress disorders.

As a PTSD Specialist

Dr. Best has researched, evaluated, and treated a wide variety of trauma sufferers including:

  • Police Officers
  • Combat Veterans
  • Sexual Assault and other Violent Crime Victims
  • Accident Victims
  • Domestic Violence Victims
  • Victims of Sudden Loss

Dear Parents: Help us learn more about the rewards and challenges ofsupporting your service member after deployment. Suzanne Best and colleagues at Lewis and Clark College are conducting a research study on the experiences of parents who had a son or daughter deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan. If you are interested in participating by completing an anonymous survey, please click: Parents of Service Members Survey

Also, please check out the latest book co-authored by Dr. Best: Courage After Fire for Parents of Service Members

As a Trauma Therapist

Dr. Best provides cognitive-behavioral, evidence-based treatment to adult trauma survivors. Her style of treatment is collaborative, educative and concrete as she assists her clients to:

As a Police Psychologist

Dr. Best serves local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, providing post-shooting interventions and on-going treatment of duty-related stress. She regularly presents and consults on managing critical incidents. Dr. Best recently chaired the Post-shooting Intervention Guideline Committee for the IACP Psychological Services Section and has combined her expertise in police psychology and combat stress to assist agencies in the post-deployment "repatriation" of their National Guard and Reservist officers.

In her Forensic Psychology Practice

Dr. Best conducts forensic evaluations and provides attorney consultations and expert witness testimony in personal injury, medical malpractice, and workplace stress cases with particular expertise in PTSD and post-trauma reactions.

Dr. Best has written extensively on PTSD and related issues (see CV). In 2006 she co-authored Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Their Families, a self-help book for those seeking assistance in managing combat stress and other post-deployment readjustment struggles. -NOW OVER 170,000 COPIES IN PRINT-