Student Counseling Center Staff

The Student Counseling Center is staffed by Licensed Psychologists, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist Residents, Staff Counselors and support staff.

Director, Staff Psychologist

Laura holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Traumatic Stress Studies from Adler University located in Chicago, IL. She is honored to work as a generalist therapist serving the diverse mental health needs of undergraduate and graduate students while empowering them to make the healthy changes necessary to live more fulfilling lives. More specifically her passions include working with students experiencing relationship concerns, family of origin concerns, sexual violence, complex trauma, bereavement, and cultural identity development. Laura’s general approach to therapy is Relational Constructivism, a postmodern humanistic approach, coupled with a Feminist framework to help better understand and address the disempowering social factors in her clients’ lives. Laura is dedicated to building caring, collaborative, and transparent therapeutic relationships. Laura also has a strong passion for social justice work, outreach, disaster response, group therapy, and supervision and training! 

Staff Therapist

Allison holds a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a passion for working with university students as they grow and learn while exploring new horizons. Allison draws on a student’s strengths within a developmental framework. She approaches students collaboratively to discover and progress towards their goals. Allison brings experience in individual and family counseling on issues related to depression, anxiety, communication, relationships, self-esteem, spirituality, careers, and life transition. In her free time, Allison enjoys reading, baking anything chocolate, puzzles, watching British comedies, playing with her children, hiking, and traveling.

Staff Psychologist

Jamie is a licensed psychologist, holding a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology. She has specialized training in Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy and has several years of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students. Jamie utilizes a multicultural lens and has particular interest helping people resolve concerns related to social identity development and survivors of interpersonal trauma utilizing individual, group, and couple counseling. Jamie was trained as a generalist and has experience working with students on a wide range of concerns including adjustment, emotional distress, career development, LGBTQ+ individuals, and family of origin concerns.

Staff Psychologist

Wan-Chen holds a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology program from Columbia University.  She is originally from Taiwan and had spent the last 10 years in the East coast before making her way to Oregon.  Prior to joining Pacific, she was completing postdoctoral residency training at Reed College for 2016-2017 year and completing pre-doctoral internship training at Hamilton-Madison House, a community mental health center in Manhattan.  Her theoretical orientation adopts an integrative approach, including psychodynamic, DBT and multicultural perspective.  In the past, she had worked with college students in several universities.  She is passionate about working with college students that has constantly instilled her with hope in support of their strength and resilience.  Her graduate training is rooted in multicultural competency that advocates social justice for sexual/gender/ethnic/racial/social class minorities.  She hopes to facilitate an open and safe environment for students to explore and express unresolved issues/thoughts/feelings in support of their growth.  Her clinical interests include multicultural issues, identity concerns, acculturation and adjustment, depression, anxiety and other emotional distress.

Staff Psychologist

Melinda holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology. She has trained as a generalist psychologist to serve the needs of adults for a broad range of psychological concerns. She has several years of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, and enjoys helping them achieve their personal and academic goals. Melinda utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, often drawing from cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapy.  She is a strong believer in the importance of collaboration in the therapeutic relationship, and welcomes feedback from her clients. Her passions include working with anxiety, depression, adjustment, body image and eating concerns, and ADHD/attentional issues. Melinda provides individual and group therapy, as well as supervision to graduate students.