Student Ambassadors | Applied Psychological Science

Our Ambassadors offer insight about Pacific University School of Professional Psychology's Masters in Applied Psychological Science program to prospective students and any other party requesting information about student life or the area. In addition to this, the Ambassadors help assist with open house, interview days, and other events. They also work very closely with the Admissions office in providing an invaluable resource for prospective students.

If you would like to speak with a current student about their experience applying to or choosing Pacific University, you are invited to contact one of our student ambassadors. They will be happy to help you.

Class of 2017

James Gaither

Second  Year | Clinical Practicum

Undergraduate Institution | Oregon State University | Psychology Major

Hometown | Sandy, OR

One reason I chose Pacific: The environment that Pacific offers. The strong sense of community between the students, faculty, and support staff really drew me in. The professors genuinely care about your success and helping you accomplish your goals. This strong sense of community allows integration of the PhD, PsyD, and APS students. As well as connecting you with the other Health Profession programs to help integrate and collaborate across the professions for a more diverse understanding of the health care system.

Hobbies: Photography, playing piano, Netflix, running, and volunteering.

Allison Howells

Second  Year | Clinical Practicum

Undergraduate Institution | University of Oregon | Business Administration Major, Psychology Minor

Hometown | Tigard, OR

One reason I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because the program had everything that I was looking for in my degree. There is a good amount freedom to explore what you find interesting, while also making sure that you get all of the training that you need. The professors have a vast amount of varied experience that they are passionate about passing on to their students. Once I got to Pacific I found an environment full of collaboration and encouragement. It is nice to be around people that are so passionate and welcoming.

Hobbies | Traveling, Hanging out with friends, Netflix, Reading

Class of 2018

Emily Nelson

First Year | APS Research Track

Undergraduate Institution | Black Hills State University | Psychology and Sociology Major

Hometown | Belle Fourche, SD 

One reason I chose Pacific: The main reason I chose Pacific was due to the faculty. I could tell they were all very dedicated to their craft and educating the students here. Having passionate faculty is a big key to creating passionate students. The atmosphere here is very welcoming and enjoyable. This in return harvests a great learning environment. It also doesn't hurt that Pacific University is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. There's always something to do and explore both academically and personally. 

Hobbies: Dancing, Reading, Exploring, Nature Walks, Sleeping, Netflix & Hulu

Samantha Stanich

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | The Evergreen State College, Psychology major

Hometown | Ogden, Utah

One reason I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I was attracted to the intimate class sizes and the interdisciplinary programs. As a student you really become a part of the community at Pacific. I find it extremely beneficial to have such close relationships with faculty and peers.

Hobbies | Outdoor adventuring, running, volleyball, snowboarding, swimming, and camping.

Nathan Jacquez

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Southern Utah University, Psychology major

Hometown | Ogden, Utah

One reason I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I love the area and felt like the faculty and staff really care about your education and want you to be successful in whatever you do. There are plenty of opportunities to make your education your own and you can work with the faculty to make that happen. The students help each other and want to make sure that each other succeeds. There is a sense of community that I love and I think it is necessary to be successful in the program you are in. You can find any resource you need and everyone will help you as much as they can.

Hobbies | I liked to read, watch a movie, Netflix, Hulu, listen to music, play video games, hike, camp, explore new areas.

Lindsey Bratland

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Hometown | Ham Lake, MN

One reason I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because there is a sense of community between the students and the faculty. The professors are always willing to help and genuinely care about your success. I also enjoy the integration between the PhD, PsyD, and APS programs. It allows you to share the experiences you have with one another. All of these aspects make for a really valuable learning environment.

Hobbies | I love exploring new areas whether it be outdoors or new places to eat. Some of my other hobbies include: hiking, kayaking, yoga, volleyball, basketball, golf, Netflix, photography, reading and listening to music.

Rachel Madden

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Arkansas Tech University, Psychology major

Hometown | Russellville, Arkansas

One reason I chose Pacific | When I visited campus on interview day I fell in love with the program and the faculty. They all made me feel welcome and I felt like home. Everyone at Pacific, including students, all feel approachable and down to earth.

Hobbies | I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my dogs. I also enjoy playing video games and binge Netflix shows.

Kayleigh Rogalski

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Case Western Reserve University

Hometown | Hiram, Ohio

One Reason I Chose Pacific | From Day 1 at Pacific (including my online research of the school), the message has been self-care. I believe in a holistic approach to psychology, and I am happy to be a part of a program that fosters that belief. Graduate school is a stressful time and having faculty and administrators who understand that goes miles. Pacific’s warm, welcoming atmosphere is palpable. 

Hobbies | I love exploring Oregon’s natural beauty!  I’m a big hiker, camper, and kayaker, so this place is paradise for me. And I can’t wait to find a rowing team, so if you know of one, email me! I’m also a big ole comedy nerd, and I’m pretty into improv. If you don’t see me on stage making a fool of myself, you will definitely hear my boisterous laugh booming from the front row of all the comedy shows I can afford to go watch.

Allisa Stopa

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Portland State University, Psychology Major

Hometown | St. Helens, Oregon

One Reason I Chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of the school’s reputation for being supportive and inclusive. I have met a handful of people who have graduated from Pacific and every single one raved about their cohort and how the school fosters team work and collaboration. I really wanted to be a part of a college that emphasizes communal good as opposed to competition.

Hobbies | I absolutely love everything about being outdoors. I spend the majority of my free time kayaking, hiking, camping, and fishing. If you have not been salmon fishing I would highly suggest it. Oregon has some of the best salmon fishing there is. When I am not out on an adventure, I am usually baking. I love making sweets and even more so eating them! I also really enjoy cooking, reading, and spending as much time as I can with my two dogs.

Alexandra Benton

First Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Portland State University, Communication Studies Major

Hometown | Corvallis, OR

One reason why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I wanted to continue my education in an environment where I felt connected with both my fellow classmates and my professors. I've been amazed by the sense of community and support that is shown by the students, faculty, and staff members. The professors truly care about your education, and will provide you with the best resources and experiences to support your educational and future career goals. The students are also very warm and welcoming, which helps make the transition into graduate school much easier.

Hobbies | Running, Pilates, Netflix, and scouting out new brunch spots in Portland.

Minh-Hao Tran

First Year APS | Applied Research

Undergraduate Institution | Oregon State University, Psychology Major

Hometown | Portland, OR

One reason I chose Pacific | I was drawn to the program here due to the close-knit nature of the college community. The faculty and fellow students here are invested in not only ensuring academic growth, but character and personal growth as well. The program laid out allows you to create personal and professional connections with peers and institutions in the community.

Hobbies | Hiking, fitness, road trips, food, pub trivia, and of course Netflix