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Ph.D. 1988 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Developmental and Child Psychology.

J.D. 1985 Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. Northwestern School of Law.

M.S. 1978 Portland State University, Portland, OR. Clinical and Developmental Psychology.

B.A. 1976 University of Portland, Portland, OR. Psychology.


2019-Present Coaching. Private practice, Portland, OR.

2007-2018 Clinical Psychologist. Private practice, Portland, OR.

Focus: Personal coaching, work/family issues, happiness training, stress reduction, consultation, public speaking, and writing.

1987-2006 Clinical Psychologist. Private practice, Portland, OR.

Focus: Depression, anxiety, weight control, transitional periods, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and work/family/couples issues.

1987-1992 Assistant Professor. Willamette University, Salem, OR.

Taught courses including Psychology and the Law, Community Psychology, Health Psychology, Introductory Psychology, World Views, pre-internship seminar. Supervised major internships. Served on various academic committees and as a student advisor. Consultant for Oregon Wine Industry mission development.

1986 Visiting Scholar. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Co-authored with Kelly Brownell, PhD, two chapters on obesity. Worked with college consortium (Harvard, Yale, Vassar, Rutgers, U of Penn) on MacArthur Foundation grant studying the effects of weight cycling.

1984-1985 Law Clerk. Superior Court of Clark County, Vancouver, WA.

Conducted legal research for the Honorable Dean Morgan.

1980-1983 Weight Control Counselor. Private Practice, Portland, OR.

Treatment of obese clients, consultation to private businesses and public agencies, speaker to community and professional groups.

1977-1979 Director of Involuntary Treatment. Elahan Mental Health, Vancouver, WA.

Evaluated, treated and provided expert testimony for all persons involuntarily detained due to acute mental illness.

Designed and implemented treatment programs and measured their efficacy. Initiated the use of the Mendota model in serving severely disturbed, chronic psychiatric patients. Importance of “team” approach to psychiatric care emphasized.

1977 Psychometrist. Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR

Development of longitudinal and multivariate research designs to study various student populations. Controlled for the quality of testing programs designed to measure minimum standard, target students, and to individualize education programs.


Senders, L. Prevention of Obesity in Children. University of Washington. April, 1994.

Predicting Dangerousness: What Psychologists Should Know. University of Waikaito, New Zealand. July, 1991.

Dealing with Obesity Concommitant to Additional Diagnoses in Private Practice. Portland Psychological Association. June, 1991.

Ethical, Clinical, and Legal Guidelines When Dealing With Borderline Patients. Oregon Psychological Association Annual Conference. April, 1991.

Recovering and Rebuilding After Divorce. First Christian Church. Portland, OR. 1989.

Integrating Law and Psychology. Reed College, Portland, OR. April, 1989.

Predicting Dangerousness: What Psychologists Should Know. Oregon Psychological Association Annual Conference. May, 1989.

The Marriage of Psychology and Law: How Does It Work? National Social Science Association. Seattle, WA. February, 1989

Toward a Salutogenic Model of Medicine. Rinehart Hospital. Wheeler, OR. October, 1988.

Taking the Guilt Out of Eating and Dieting. (Presented in various venues throughout the United States.) 1980-85.

Bernstein, A., Buckmaster, L., and Vilhauer, D. Depression: A Manual for the Treatment of the Depressed Client in a Mental Health Center. American Psychological Association Convention. New York, NY. September, 1979.


Good Day Oregon (KPTV). Expert guest on “How to Rate Your Relationship”. Portland, OR.

AM Northwest (KATU-TV). Intimate relationships and jealousy research. Portland, OR.

News Special (KGW TV). Depression. Portland, OR. I to I Television. Self esteem and self nurturing.

Town Hall (KATU-TV). Re: Shere Hite publication and women’s dissatisfaction with marital relationships. Portland, OR.

I to I Television. Dating Behavior.

Numerous radio and television interviews over the last two decades.


Senders, L. (2008) Job Sharing Doctors Are Team Players, Medicine in Oregon, OMA Vol. 1, No. I (Spring).

Buckmaster, L. and Brownell, K. (1987) Behavior Modification: The State of the Art. In Frankle, Reva, and Yang, Mei-Uih (Eds). Obesity and Weight Control: The Health Professionals guide to understanding and treatment. Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Buckmaster, L. and Brownell, K. (January, 1989) (Cited in) Is Prejudice Real? International Obesity Newsletter.

Buckmaster, L. And Brownell, K. (1988) The Social World of the Obese Child. In Krasnegor, Norman, Grave, Gilman, and Kretchmer (Eds). Childhood Obesity: A Biobehavioral Perspective. Telford Press.

Various articles for business, professional publications and newpapers.