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 2024


Tebra Hansing

First year | Clinical Psychology

hans3988@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution | University of Puget Sound

Hometown | Tualatin, Oregon

Why I chose Pacific | Pacific was always my top school because of the excellence of the academic program, but what I specifically loved about the APS program was the way it combined clinical experience in equal proportions to research opportunities. The faculty also made a major impression on me in how professional, yet approachable, they were. I knew that I would learn from people who have a tremendous amount of knowledge and passion for the industry.

Hobbies | Gaming of all types and sorts; painting, drawing, and crafting; weird nerdy forms of martial arts


Hannah Jakaus

First year | Clinical Psychology

jaka1998@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution | Adrian College

Hometown | Trenton, Michigan

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I loved the small class sizes in my undergrad and wanted the same atmosphere for a graduate program. I wanted the opportunity to know my cohort, as well as my professors. I also was drawn to the clinical and research aspects that Pacific has and takes a different approach to their teaching. I felt that this program gave me more of an opportunity to grow in my clinical skills, as well as my research skills that can help me to advance in my career wherever it may take me.

Hobbies | Exploring Oregon and the PNW, taking pictures of my dog, crafting, and TikTok


Katie Ruder

First year | Clinical Psychology

rude1956@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution | Trinity University

Hometown | San Antonio, Texas

Why I chose Pacific | I decided that I wanted to do clinical psych pretty late in my undergraduate career and I still haven't ironed out exactly what I want for my career. This program is PERFECT for that, because it prepares you for any path that you might want to take after getting your masters degree. You can go straight into practice, you can stay in school and go for your doctorate, or you can get different certifications and then start your practice. The point is, this program only opens more doors, and the classes allow you to get to know yourself and explore your options.

Hobbies | Painting, drawing, video gaming, and enjoying the gorgeous Pacific Northwest


Class of 2023

Riley Foy

Second year | Clinical Psychology

foy0348@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution | Santa Clara University

Hometown | Sacramento, California

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of their focus on both the research and clinical sides of psychology. The school and faculty provide students opportunities to be involved in both clinical work and research. I enjoy the option to do a thesis or an evidence-based practice sample. I also enjoy that the school has a class that integrates students from different health professions to be able to apply a more holistic approach to treatment of individuals. Everyone at Pacific has been incredibly friendly, helpful and welcoming, allowing me to transition to graduate school with ease.

Hobbies | Singing, dancing, working out, hiking, and socializing with friends


River Heisler

Second year | Clinical Psychology

heis6654@pacificu.edu

Undergraduate Institution | Brandeis University

Hometown | Madison, Wisconsin

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of the clinical opportunities, as well as the small cohort sizes and very accessible faculty! The research being conducted by the faculty is so varied and offers so many different opportunities to explore exciting new areas that are cutting edge in our field! I love the fact that the local practitioner model is so heavily emphasized throughout the MA as well as the doctoral programs. The entire curriculum is dedicated to crafting the highest quality practitioners, and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful program!

Hobbies | Reading, writing, cooking, baking, and exploring all the beauty Oregon and the PNW have to offer!