President Elect | Erik Loraas, M.D

Erik Loraas was born in Tacoma, WA and raised in University Place, WA. He earned a BS in biology and a BA in religion at Pacific Lutheran University, graduating summa cum laude.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Washington being elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (now Western Psychiatric Hospital) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He served as house staff president, earned the Academic Administrator Clinician Educator (AACE) certificate for his work on demoralization, and served as Chief Resident of psychotherapy training. He is currently the program director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Spokane and Associate Program Director of Psychiatry Residency Spokane.  Much of his clinical work is at an adolescent partial hospital and intensive outpatient program.  Areas of interest include early development, attachment theory and disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, history and philosophy of psychiatry, clinical neuroscience, and teaching.