Landy F. Sparr, MD

Physician, Adult Psychiatry & Forensic Psychiatry 

Hillsboro Clinic

Dr. Landy Sparr is double-board certified in both general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He received his Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Medical Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, and performed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1979, Dr. Sparr joined the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, where he was a staff psychiatrist as well as Director of Emergency Room Psychiatry at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Sparr became Acting Chief of the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic at the Portland VA in 1983, and was named Assistant Chief of Psychiatry Service shortly thereafter. In 1987, Dr. Sparr was appointed Chief of Psychiatric Outpatient Service, and in 1994, he became Acting Chief of Psychiatry Service. Dr. Sparr served as Acting Clinical Director of the Mental Health Division at the Portland VA from 1995 through 2000.

In 1982, Dr. Sparr and his colleagues were able to accurately predict an influx of disability claims in the VA.  As a result, the team became the first to describe the condition now known as "factitious post-traumatic stress disorder" (PTSD) and to develop a protocol for proper PTSD assessment.  

Dr. Sparr's clinical interests include psychiatric evaluation, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and forensic psychiatry. In 1998, he was asked to be a Forensic Consultant on the United Nations International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, in the Celebici case. His testimony in the case was directly responsible for his heightened interest in the use of psychiatric defenses in International Criminal Law.  Dr. Sparr is currently Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Training Program at OHSU. 



  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

  • Diplomate, Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

  • Diplomate, Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

  • Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association



  • American Psychiatric Association (1978 - present)

  • Oregon Psychiatric Association (1980 - present)

  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2004 - present)