Amelia holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She previously was an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and taught on the clinical faculty at San Francisco General Hospital.
At UCSF she was a member of the Bioethics Committee and part of a research group that studied frequent users of the medical emergency room at the hospital. She has interest in innovative and ethical delivery systems for mental health care. Amelia has published on personality disorders in the medical setting, and on suicide. She maintained a private practice in the Bay Area for 15 years and is a clinical psychologist with a practice in the Lair Hill neighborhood of Portland. One of six in her family who graduated from Lewis & Clark, Amelia is a fourth-generation Portlander.