Dr. Bergkamp is currently core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Department at Antioch University Seattle and clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also the director of the Decoloniality and Social Privilege Awareness Initiative at Antioch University.
He is currently licensed as a psychologist and mental health counselor in Washington State. He earned both a master’s degree in family therapy and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Seattle. He was trained in forensic and neuropsychology and has worked in the Washington State Department of Corrections, and, most recently, as a forensic evaluator at the Center for Forensic Services at Western State Hospital. In addition, Dr. Bergkamp was a research fellow with the American Psychological Association studying cultural competency and minority health disparities.
Dr. Bergkamp is currently involved in ongoing research regarding cultural competency training both in clinical psychology education as well as consultation with state agencies on implementing cultural competency in large organizations. He is also fostering a project in collaboration with Puget Sound Law to provide exceptional hardship evaluations for immigrants facing deportation.
Dr. Bergkamp’s other research interests include qualitative methodology, telehealth implementation, the formation of identity in social media, and the use of “Big Data” derived from Internet usage trends.
Dr. Bergkamp’s undergraduate education focused on violence, addiction, human sexuality, and Buddhist studies from The Evergreen State College. He then earned a M.A. in the Antioch Seattle Couple & Family Therapy Program. After years of private practice, he completed the Psy.D. program from Antioch University Seattle in 2010. He has completed various internships related to forensic and neuropsychology, with major rotations with the Washington State Department of Corrections. In addition, Dr. Bergkamp received additional education in Grounded Theory (qualitative methodology) from Dr. Barney Glaser. His dissertation is entitled the Paradox of Multicultural Training and identified pitfalls and recommendations for cultural competency in clinical psychology.
A statement of teaching philosophy requires both anchoring principles and flexible boundaries. My anchoring principles include epistemological pluralism, as well as experiential, life-long, and collaborative learning. These principles support my growing edge as an instructor, and my ability to adapt to the evolving process of both student learning and environmental change. The principle of epistemological pluralism asserts multiple approaches are required to obtain a more accurate glimpse of the truth. This principle lays the foundation for notions of interdisciplinary study, the merging of deductive/inductive reasoning (quantitative/qualitative methods), and the utilization of all aspects of the student in the learning process. The learning process is more than the simple consumption, retention, and application of knowledge. The student is more than simply the “tabula rasa” of which the knowledge is given. The quality of learning relies on experience and perception, as well as rote fact.
The principle of experiential learning emphasizes the practice of awareness, reflection, and experimentation. All of which are the trademarks of a competent scientist. This is at the core of Antioch’s academic pursuit to merge theory and practice, as well as the Boulder model of practitioner/scholar. One of the goals of an experiential approach is to inspire life-long learning, in which the pursuit of knowledge results in greater dividends than simply the attainment of knowledge. A benchmark of successful education is the student’s ever-evolving study into their field, and appreciation of study for its own sake. Life-long learning continuous forges the professional and prevents stagnation. Following the aforementioned principles, and stemming from Vygotsky’s learning theory, collaborative learning emphasizes the power of social exchange. The exchange of students and faculty, both in and out of the classroom, brings breadth and depth to learning. For Antiochians, many of whom are adult learners, this collaborative approach is at the core of the Doctoral program. The challenge for Antioch faculty is as much to access the expertise and experience of each student as it is to disseminate knowledge.
The aspiration of my teaching philosophy is to combine these principles into a learning experience that the student is seeking and, ultimately, deserves. My goal is to facilitate education that not only prepares the student for a professional career, but also can bring meaning and transformation to his or her life as a whole.
Dr. Bergkamp currently leads two active research groups. The first is the Social Privilege research group. The second is the Forensic research group. Both are active in producing presentations, manuscripts, and dissertations.
Dr. Bergkamp’s other research interests include applying a developmental lens to the concept of social privilege, implicit bias in correctional settings, virtual qualitative methodology, tele-health implementation, the formation of identity in social media, and the use of “Big Data” derived from Internet usage trends. Regarding methodology, Dr. Bergkamp specializes in Grounded Theory, a qualitative method for inductive theory development rooted in data.
- Bergkamp, J. & Agassiz, K. (In press). The Detrimental Effect of Operation Streamline. In Chin, J. L., Garcia, Y. E., & Blume, A. (Eds). The Psychology of Inequity, Volume 3: Strategies and Solutions. Praeger Press, 2023. Courtesy ABC-CLIO.
- Bergkamp, J., McIntyre, K., & Hauser, M. (2023). An uncomfortable tension: Reconciling the principles of forensic psychology and cultural competency. Law & Human Behavior, 47(1), 233-248. DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000507.
- McCubbin, L. D., Alex, R. M., Bergkamp, J., Malone, C. M., Wang, C. D. C., & Reynolds, L. (2023). Returning the colonizers gaze: Critiquing Whiteness in our training programs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 17(1), 14–21. https://doi.org/10.1037/tep0000436
- Bergkamp, J. (2022). Tugging at the root of oppression: Infusing social justice across doctoral level clinical psychology curriculum. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 14(1), 37–52. https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.14.1.37-52
- Bergkamp, J., Hauser, M., & Wachsmuth, W. (2022). Filling the void: Questioning the notion of objective threat assessment and management. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/tam0000188
- Bergkamp, J., Olson, L., & Martin, A. (2022). Before Allyship: A model of integrating awareness of a privileged social identity. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 13:993610. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.993610
- Bergkamp, J., Persaud, S., Lonikar, & A., Khan, A. (2022). South Asian multicultural, multi-heritage, and diaspora identities. In Counseling South Asian Americans: Psychological and Clinical Implications. Routledge Press. Link to Book
- Bergkamp, J., Martin, A., & Olson, L. (2022). Social Privilege: Flipping the Coin of Inequity. In Chin, J. L., Garcia, Y. E., & Blume, A. (Eds). The Psychology of Inequity, Volume 1: Motivations and Beliefs. Praeger Press, p. 21-47. Courtesy ABC-CLIO. Link to DSPAI site article
- Bergkamp, J. (2020). Contributor to the CCTC 2020: Social Responsiveness in Health Service Psychology Education and Training Toolkit. Module 3: Liberating and transforming our curriculum toward social responsiveness across all levels of training. Retrieved from: https://pr4tb8rrj317wdwt3xlafg2p-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CCTC_Socially-Responsive-HSP-Ed-Training_v7.pdf
- Bergkamp, J., Ermann, K., & Geissler, V. (2020). Biracial and multiracial individuals. In the Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Difference, Volume IV: Clinical, Applied, and Cross-Cultural Research. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
- Bergkamp, J. & Ponsford, M. (2020). Cultural encapsulation. In the Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Difference, Volume IV: Clinical, Applied, and Cross-Cultural Research. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
- Bergkamp, J., Olson, L., & Martin, A. (2019). On social justice and the development of social privilege. In Moritsugu, J., Vera, E., Wong, F., and Duffy, K. (Eds.), Community psychology 6th Edition. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor Francis.
- Kinnamon, C., McGee, S., Nipper A., Wells, K., & Bergkamp, J. (2019). The Intersection of Tibetan Buddhism & Western Psychology: A Cultural Immersion Study. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3357224
- Bergkamp, J. & Agassiz, K. (2018). Cultural competency in forensic practice: Bridging the divide. The American Psychology & Law Society Expert Opinion, Quarterly Newsletter. Retrieved from: Expert Opinion
- Bergkamp, J. & Curtis, S. (2018). Case Law and Cultural Competency in Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations: Pragmatic Application. The American Psychology-Law Conference, APA Division 41.
- Bergkamp, J. & Thomas, L. (2018). Social Privilege in Clinical Psychology. The Deschutes Psychological Association Symposium.
- McGee, S., Kinnamon, C., Nipper, A., Wells, K. & Bergkamp. J. (2018). Western Clinical Psychology Student’s Exploration of Cultural Immersion: The Intersection of Tibetan Buddhism and Psychology. The American Psychological Association Convention; Division 36.
- Thomas, L., & Bergkamp, J. (2018). Introductory Social Pedagogy in a Clinical Psychology Training Program. The Race & Pedagogy Conference at the University of Puget Sound.
- Thomas, L., Martin, A., Bergkamp, J., Babcock, M. (2018). Exploring the Path of Least Resistance: A Grounded Theory Study of Privilege Awareness and Implications for Education. The American Psychological Association Convention; Division 2.
- Bergkamp, J. (2017). Avatar Identity Development: What Video Games tell us aboutourselves. The American Psychological Association Convention; Division 46.
- Bergkamp, J. (2017). Cultural Competency in Forensic Evaluations: Case Studies of the Jinni. The University of Washington Post-Doctoral Fellowship Seminar.
- Bergkamp, J. & Hendrickson, R. (2016). Malingering Misperceptions; Clinical Application of Forensic Malingering. The Washington State Behavioral Healthcare Conference.
- Bergkamp, J. (2015). Virtual Identity Development; Videos games and the Self. The Qualitative Quorum of the University of Washington Office of Research.
- Bergkamp, J. (2015). Classic Glasserian Grounded Theory. The Qualitative Quorum of the University of Washington Office of Research.
- Bergkamp, J. (2015). Cultural Competency Guidelines for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The King Count Family Law Center.
- Bergkamp, J. & Means, J. (2015). Principles of Risk and Threat Assessment: Gun Violence. Seattle Children’s Hospital for the Washington State Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
- Bergkamp, J. & Curtis, S. (2014). Cultural Competency in Forensic Private Practice: From Aspiration to Reality. The Washington State Psychological Association.
- Bergkamp, J. & Bjorling, E. (2012). Avatar Development in Second Life; Implications for First Life. The Giving Voice to Experience Conference at Seattle University.
- Bergkamp, J. & Hendrickson, R. (2012). Forensic Evaluations; What Happens After CSI. The Washington State Behavioral Healthcare Conference.
- Bergkamp, J., Nelson, J., Cooke, T., & Tien, L. (2012). Does Doctoral-level Cultural Competency Curriculum Work & How? The Washington State Psychological Association.
- Bergkamp, J. (2012). Cultural Competency in Professional Psychology Training; What Works and What Doesn’t. The Western State Hospital Internship Seminar Series.
- Diversity Scholarship Award, National Counsel of Schools of Professional Psychology 2018
- Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award Antioch University Seattle 2018
- Minority Research Fellowship
- American Psychological Association, Division 45 2010
- One of nine national fellows tasked with presenting research on minority health disparities, mental health parity, health care reform, and the role of psychology in public policy
- Advocacy at a state and federal level
- Pipeline relationship with national and federal funding agencies such as the National Institute for Health, The Robert Woods, and William T. Grant Foundations
Dr. Bergkamp is core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Department and program chair of the doctoral program at Antioch University Seattle, as well as clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He has taught graduate courses in qualitative research methodology, psychological assessment, and cultural competency. He is licensed as a psychologist and mental health counselor in Washington State. He was trained in forensic and neuropsychology and has worked in the Washington State Department of Corrections, and as a forensic evaluator at the Center for Forensic Services at Western State Hospital. As Program Chair, Dr. Bergkamp and his team of faculty recently achieved APA accreditation for a 5-year term.
Dr. Bergkamp keeps an active clinical practice through his role as a Forensic Evaluator with the Washington State Office of Forensic Mental Health, specializing in pre-trial criminal evaluations. He is also Clinical Faculty in the University of Washington School of Psychiatry where he teaches classes on forensic cultural competency and supervises residents. Dr. Bergkamp is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), where he chairs the Diversity Committee. He is also a liaison member of Committee on Ethic Minority Affairs of the American Psychological Association (APA).