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 2020

Kelsie Arsenault

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | University of Oregon, Psychology

Hometown | Umatilla, OR

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because the coursework and experience would help to make me a great candidate for future PsyD programs as well as jobs. Pacific has a friendly and supportive environment necessary to promote personal growth, as well as many opportunities to adequately challenge and prepare yourself for a successful future.

Hobbies | I like to spend time hanging out with my pup, Gunther. We like to go for walks, snuggle, and binge watch TV. I also like to eat, sleep, and occasionally catch a workout class at the SHARC. 


William Bunnett

First year | Clinical Psychology


Jocelyn Chavez

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | New Mexico State University, Psychology

Hometown | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Why I chose Pacific | Coursework and practicum that would fully prepare me to work in the field after graduation.

Hobbies | Cooking, running, exploring restaurants and places in Portland.


Katelyn Hershberger

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Oregon State University; BA psychology and BS Human Development and Family Sciences

Hometown | Canby, Oregon

Why I chose Pacific | I choose Pacific for the welcoming environment and the benefits of the program. All of the staff and students I have met have been enthusiastic about the program and are some of the most encouraging people out there. The program allows continuation in education and/or advanced placements in practical careers. I am excited for my future endeavors due to the training and education I have and will continue to receive through Pacific. 

Hobbies | Playing with my dogs, baking, traveling, and adventure.


Emily Kearns

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Trinity Western University; Psychology major

Hometown | Lethbridge Alberta, Canada

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because it is a small university that values close-knit relationships. I wanted a place where I could have the freedom to be myself and not become lost among hundreds of other students. At Pacific, I love the welcoming atmosphere and the supportive faculty and staff.

Hobbies | I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, exploring new places, drinking tea, hanging with my friends, and reading. 


Anam Khan

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution |Portland State University; Psychology major

Hometown | Born in Fremont, California and grew up in the Bay Area.

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because it aligned with my academic and future career goals. I also love that it's a small campus, you really get to connect with your cohort and faculty!

Hobbies | I love anything related to Halloween, watching movies/shows (horror and Bollywood are my favorites), baking, going to concerts, traveling, and finding/trying new restaurants. 


Alexandra Pardico

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Gonzaga University, B.A. Psychology (Research Concentration) with a Minor in General Business

Hometown | Maui, HI

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I knew that the value of the education and hands-on practice I would receive from Pacific would make me a competitive job applicant and/or candidate for continuing PhD or PsyD programs. In addition, I immediately felt the support and enthusiasm of the faculty upon meeting them -- and learning is much more fun when you can rely on incredible mentors.

Hobbies | I love watching movies, baking desserts, SLEEPing, binge watching shows with my dog, Milo, and finding good BOBA places. 


Nikki Romena

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Texas Christian University, Double Major in Psychology and Criminal Justice

Hometown | Nānākuli, Hawaiʻi

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because I felt that it valued diversity, collaboration, and community, which were all important factors that I wanted to consider when deciding what university to attend.

Hobbies | I love binge-watching the same shows on Netflix over and over again, anything outdoors (walking, hiking, swimming, etc.), watching sports, exploring the city with friends, and finding all the good sushi places in town.


Jhoevhana Sabado

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Pacific University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Hometown | Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Why I chose Pacific | A large reason I chose to return to Pacific University is because of the university's professors and faculty. While they encourage students to be self-sufficient and advocate for themselves, they also provide continuous support because they want their students to be successful. As a student, I know that I will be challenged in ways that I will learn more about the field that I love, but also about myself. 

Hobbies | I am a foodie who loves binge-watching Netflix television shows, hiking, traveling and making arts and crafts.


Ethan Wallace

First year | Clinical Psychology


Clayton Wilbanks

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Hillsdale College, Psychology and French

Hometown | Houston, Texas

Why I chose Pacific | Pacific's students have been shown to be competitive in their PhD applications for Clinical Psychology at a number of other institutions. The faculty are helpful in helping students attain their goals.

Hobbies | I powerlift, play basketball, cook, hang with my friends in the cohort, and play videogames. 


Chandler Wingreen

First year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | I completed my undergraduate degree at Charleston Southern University (CSU) in Charleston, SC. I graduated with a dual B.S. in Psychology and Biology. I also represented my undergraduate school as a student athlete playing on their women's soccer team.

Hometown | I completed high school in Yorktown, VA and consider this to be my hometown. I lived in this area for 7 years, but I also moved often in my childhood and have lived in several different states/ countries.

Why I chose Pacific | I ultimately chose Pacific university because I felt like the school emphasized the importance of its students and preparing them for successful professional careers. Upon interviewing for the school the closeness of the faculty was another big factor in deciding where I wanted to pursue my graduate education. The faculty is passionate about their roles as educators, clinicians, and researchers. They all appeared to offer valuable insight through their own unique experiences working in the field.

Hobbies | As for my personal hobbies and self-care I love playing sports and having an active lifestyle. Hiking, working out, and being outside are things I try to incorporate weekly. I also enjoy live music, exploring Oregon, of course watching Netflix, and spending time with friends.

Class of 2019

Kaitlyn Iseminger

Second Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | East Texas Baptist University, Psychology Major

Hometown | Houston, TX

One reason I chose Pacific: I chose Pacific because I wanted an institution that would continue to challenge me to be all that I can. I wanted an education where not only would I grow to learn more about the field I love, but more about myself. Pacific was the perfect environment I was seeking for continuing my education. 

Hobbies: I love to paint, read, and write- all three of those are major self-care tools of mine. I am always down to dust off my old basketball shoes to hit the court. I also love hiking and stargazing, which Oregon is one of the best places to do that. Aside from my other hobbies, I am probably brushing up on my favorite fandoms!


Natalie Weber

Second Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | Oregon State University

Hometown | Corvallis, OR

One reason I chose Pacific | One thing that I love about Pacific University is the faculty and professors. They really care about your learning and what you're interested in - they're always supportive. It feels like a tight knit family here and you have the freedom to be yourself. The atmospheres is warm and welcoming - you really do become close your cohort. 

Hobbies | Hiking, exploring, movies, food, drinks, music, and camping.


Ravi P. Desai 

Second Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution | The State University of New York at Buffalo

Hometown | Hillsborough, New Jersey

One Reason I Chose Pacific | I chose Pacific because of their approach in teaching psychology and healthcare. Pacific views healthcare as an integrated approach by all healthcare professions. Since the industry is treading in this direction, getting an education here will better prepare me for the work place after I graduate. It is an exciting time to be in graduate school and I am ecstatic to be here at Pacific!

Hobbies | I love playing tennis and watching all sports especially football! I enjoy exploring the city for interesting things to do. I also love to watch movies and eat amazing food.


Caitlin Hines

Second Year | Clinical Psychology 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Oregon, Biology and Psychology major 

Hometown | Fallbrook, California 

One Reason I Chose Pacific: One major reason I was drawn to Pacific was the great reputation the program had in the community. I understood why this was when I learned more about the program itself and met the faculty at interview day. Everyone here has a clear investment in a student's success as well-rounded members of the field. 

Hobbies: I love exploring the Oregon coast! I’m constantly amazed at how different the coast and beaches are here compared to the ones I grew up on in Southern California. When I’m not able to make it out for an adventure, I enjoy watching Netflix (of course), cooking and baking. 


Heather Hodel

Second Year | Clinical Psychology 

Undergraduate Institution: 

Hometown | Albany, OR

One Reason I Chose Pacific:  I fell in love with Pacific University because Psychology its integrated in the broader healthcare system. Pacific sees Psychology as an important tool that needs to be brought to many, if not all, healthcare communities.

Hobbies: Netflix, art, crocheting, and cooking


Prianka Maharaj

Second Year | Clinical Psychology 

Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University - Major: Psychology, Minor: Neuroscience

Hometown | Ewa Beach, HI/Pullman, WA

One Reason I Chose Pacific:  One main reason I chose Pacific was the close-knit atmosphere it brought to students. I did not want to be another face among my peers and faculty members in graduate school - Pacific was able to eliminate that fear immediately. 

Hobbies: Netflix, napping, hiking, gaming, adventuring to new places, crafts, listening to music, and anything I do with my two best friends!


Katie Austin

Second Year | Clinical Psychology 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Oregon, Psychology Major

Hometown | Albany, OR

One Reason I Chose Pacific:  I was born and raised in Oregon and definitely wanted to stay in this beautiful state for graduate school. I admired the values of pacific University but was truly sold once I visited the campus. The faculty, students, and environment were amazing. I loved the idea of being apart of a program that focused on building a community, with both students and faculty encouraging growth and success of every student. We are in this together inside of competing against each other. As a student, it is extremely beneficial to have such close relationships with your peers and faculty.  

Hobbies: I love exploring the outdoors, hiking, fitness, reading, food, and music. 


Alecc Quezada

Second Year | Clinical Psychology 

Undergraduate Institution: Utah State University

Hometown | Rohnert Park, CA

One Reason I Chose Pacific:  The main reason I chose to attend Pacific University is because of the welcoming atmosphere. Their is an immediate sense of family that resonates from faculty and students. The faculty here are dedicated to seeing you succeed and are willing to help you through any obstacles that school, or life, may throw at you. The community, including PhD, PsyD and other healthcare professionals on the campus, is extremely integrated. We are one big team and everyone wants you to succeed. 

Hobbies: I love soccer, volleyball, frisbee golf, rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and the outdoors. I also enjoy movies, video games, music, food and a good book. 


Lara Quan

Second Year | Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington 

Hometown | Bothell, WA

One Reason I Chose Pacific:  I chose to attend Pacific Universality because of the highly collaborative atmosphere that is fostered by both the faculty and the students. 

Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, eating, playing with my dog and watching Netflix.