Julie Lerwick, PhD

CMHC/SPP Assistant Professor


Program & Concentration: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sport and Performance

Prior Education or Experience: • Ph.D. Oregon State University • M.A. George Fox University • B.A. Puget Sound Christian College

Dr. Julie Lerwick holds a PhD in counseling from Oregon State University and is a Nationally Certified (NCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Her doctoral research, conducted at Oregon Health and Science University department of neurological surgery, was in pre-operative anxiety reduction using a play therapy intervention. Dr. Lerwick has enjoyed academic and clinical work, both nationally and internationally, and is deeply invested in preparing and mentoring new counselors to fulfill their life’s calling.

Aligning with her research interest, Dr. Lerwick is a published author in medical journals on the subject of psychosocial aspects of pediatric health care. Believing strongly in social justice to children, she volunteers her time providing services to children undergoing medical treatment, creates pediatric psychosocial interventions for health care systems, trains health care professionals and first responders to address the psychosocial needs of children, and serves as president of the Oregon Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Lerwick maintains a clinical practice at a local hospital serving pediatric patients.

Dr. Lerwick enjoys distance running, CrossFit and the blustery fall season when Starbucks reintroduces pumpkin chai lattes! She is also known to listen to Christmas music year-round. She currently finds joy through the process of training her chocolate goldendoodle, Micah, to be an Animal Assisted Therapy dog. Once he graduates, their goal is to visit children in the hospital delivering a dose of doodle cuddles and kisses!


  • Lerwick, J. (2016). Psychosocial Implications of Pediatric Healthcare: Minimizing Trauma in the Healthcare Setting. World Journal of Pediatrics. Baishideng.
  • Lerwick, J. (2013). Psychosocial Implications of Pediatric Surgical Hospitalization. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. Elsevier.
  • Lerwick, J. (2011). The Impact of Child-Centered Play Therapy on Anxiety Levels in Pre-Neurosurgical Pediatric Patients. Doctoral dissertation. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University.