Dr. Debra Pearce-McCall
Psychologist and Consultant
integrating mind, brain, and relating

From this interwoven view of human experience,
IPNB focuses a lens of inquiry
on mind and well-being and asks:
‘What can we do, as individuals,
in our relationships and in our organizations,
to help create and maintain healthy minds,
to facilitate health and well-being
on small and large scales?'
                Siegel & Pearce-McCall, 2009
I am a clinician, psychotherapy and healthcare consultant, leadership consultant, educator, and speaker who brings a compassionate perspective on our relating minds and brains into all my work. I developed my systemic, interdisciplinary perspective on wellness and change working in clinics, academic settings, corporate management, and private practice. My studies of psychology, human systems and relationships, and the process of change began in the 1970s and I've been delighted by many of those ideas becoming well-supported by science and practice over the years. In recent years, I've been passionate about expanding applications for the integrative framework of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), a way to consider mind and relationships and brain interacting. 
Though it's a very big picture, "meta" framework, IPNB is also an incredibly practical and science-based guide to mental, relational, and physical health. Specific ways of compassionately understanding our minds builds stronger personal and work relationships; certain ways of relating to ourselves and others build resilient minds and healthier brains. I love to help people apply this latest information about the science and art of well-being in their lives and work. Congruent with thousands of scientific findings from over a dozen disciplines, IPNB illuminates the importance of applying what we know about mind and relationship to our selves, to others, and to our groups, organizations, and families. Doing so can help us develop healthier minds and brains/bodies, increasing our empathy and relationship skills, as well as our ability to focus and our sense of balance and vitality. 

Since 2005, Dr. Pearce-McCall has been an educator, innovator, and leader in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. She has served on the board of directors and helped to grow an international organization for people from multiple disciplines who apply IPNB in their work, the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies. Currently she is serving this organization, GAINS, as Past-President. She has also served as Co-Editor of their unique publications, The GAINS Quarterly: Connections and Reflections, and the Journal for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies: Theory, Research, and Practice, with her Co-Editor and dear colleague Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, and has served as Editor for GAINS e-books, one honoring Allan Schore, and one on Play. The organization reaches across many disciplines and models, with a common ground and goal of helping humanity through spreading information about our relating brains and minds. Dr. Pearce-McCall has published articles about leadership, clinical supervision, organizational and personal wellness, boundary ambiguity in families, and psychology.
Dr. Pearce-McCall is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including GAINS, AAMFT, The Link for Women, and the Oregon Psychology Association, and is an invited member of AFTA. She maintains a private coaching, consulting and psychotherapy practice, and is based in Portland, Oregon, with a private office in downtown's West End. Consulting for individuals, teams, study groups, and organizations can be scheduled at your site, at distance (online or telephone), or at her office.
In classes, workshops, and trainings, her informative and experiential presentations address our human experience through understanding our minds, brains, and relationships as connected systems. Topics cover adult well-being at work and home; relating well, with the brain in mind; compassion and well-minded brains; IPNB for leaders and organizations; applying IPNB as a wellness practitioner or educator; and global minds, empathic brains, and sustainability.
Dr. Pearce-McCall has served as an adjunct professor at several universities. Currently, she is part of a team developing Foundations in IPNB, a certificate program housed at PCC Institute for Healthcare Professionals. From 2005 - 2016, she built and taught in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Graduate Certificate Program at Portland State University, developing IPNB learning experiences in workshop format and online web classes. She developed online classes for two core courses, Introduction to IPNB and IPNB Applications to Mental Health and Addictions. She created special online classes coordinated with workshops by Stephen Porges, Ph.D. and C. Sue Carter; Ph.D.; Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D. and Stephanie West Allan, J.D.; and Duane Elgin, M.B.A., M.A. She created and led the Integrative Seminar where participants developed their own IPNB projects, products, and applications, completing their program studies by sharing their own unique contribution. In 2012, she created a workshop and course bringing IPNB to Professional and Relational Ethics. She has also taught psychology and human relationship/systems classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota, and Portland State University.
Her passion for understanding the mind-brain-relationship connection began when she was young, and continued through her studies at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. For over three decades, she has searched for frameworks that give us a way to "see", understand, and address our beautiful human complexity, studying psychology, systems and complexity theory, stress and resilience, theories of consciousness and internal relationships, theories of family and organizational relationships, and the processes of change. Since the late 1990s, she has been following the developing knowledge becoming available about the brain, studying neuroscience, as well as the variety of paths into the brain through sensory processing and multiple intelligences preferences, biofeedback, guided imagery and more. In addition to providing clinical services, training, and supervision in a variety of settings, she has past experience conducting research studies using a variety of methodologies on topics including boundary ambiguity, alcohol and expectancy, post-divorce family relationships, and more.
Like many who love to teach, Dr. Pearce-McCall is a lifelong learner; she participated in several years of annual small group immersion and application trainings with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and in one of Dr. Allan Schore's study groups for many years, deepening her understanding of IPNB by studying directly with two of the foundational creators and developers of the field. When not working, she might be found enjoying her family and friends; taking in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest; walking her dog; stretching into life; relishing music, reading or writing; and continuing to explore the science, art, and everyday challenges and delights of understanding our minds and relationships.  

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