Adult Emphasis Ambassadors

Marisol Beaulac

4th Year | PsyD Program | Adult Emphasis | Sabiduría Emphasis


Undergraduate Institution | University of San Francisco

Hometown | San Francisco, California

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific University because of the Sabiduría Emphasis and the opportunity to take courses where I have had opportunity to learn and work directly with the Latinx community.  When researching graduate programs in psychology, I found the Sabiduría Emphasis to be very unique in that students take coursework focused on learning to work with the Latinx community, while also engaging in outreach with the community. Prior to the pandemic, I was able to provide presentation in person at local schools, vineyards, and at various community organizations. Additionally, throughout the pandemic we have also continued to provide presentations and outreach online, which has been a rewarding experience. I am also not too far from home, which has been great!

Favorite PsyD courseClinical Interventions for Latina/os: I really enjoyed this course because I was able to learn about theories regarding Latinx psychology and how I could apply this knowledge to my clinical work and research. In this class, we had numerous guest speakers who work with the Latinx community. It was a very rewarding experience to hear the experiences of local Latinx community leaders and their experiences working with the local community. I also had the opportunity to interview a community member who works in the dental field and we discussed how he is able to advocate for the Latinx community through his work as a dental hygienist. I recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning more about cultural adaptations, Latinx psychology, and advocacy.

Hobbies | I have a cat named Domino, who I love spending time with. I also love reading, exploring new restaurants, spending time outside, and spending time with family and friends. I also love visiting local wineries.

Brent Felnagle

3rd year | PsyD Program | Adult Emphasis


Undergraduate Institution | Gonzaga University

Hometown | Tacoma, Washington

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacfic University based on its focus in helping students become competent clinical psychologists. In addition, the opportunity for students to find specific sub disciplines (sport psychology for me) that they are interested in and tailoring their clinical experiences based on these interests. Finally, I would choose Pacific University again based on the people. The community is what makes the university truly special. 

Favorite PsyD Course | Basic Clinical skills. This has been my favorite course because it is the first time where you get to begin flexing your therapist muscles. This also was an opportunity to get to know my cohort in a much deeper and meaningful way. The course was just the right amount of support while also asking us to push our boundaries so that we can grow as students.

Hobbies | I am very active and enjoy playing most sports, hiking, and creeping on dogs (I love dogs but unfortunately do not have one...YET). I enjoy spending time socially, exploring breweries and getting to know people. I also love the electric scooters downtown and would use them as my primary mode of transportation if I could... Is that a hobby? 

Natalia Figueroa

4th Year | PsyD Program | Adult Emphasis | Sabiduría Emphasis


Undergraduate Institution | 2nd year Mt. Hood Community College | 4-year Pacific University

Hometown | Salinas, Puerto Rico

Why I chose Pacific | My passion has always been to serve the Latinx community and I chose Pacific University because it provided one of the best psychology programs with an emphasis of working with the Latinx community. I wanted a program that provided culturally sensitive awareness and practice and searching, this was the University for me. I was excited to see professors committed to diversity and thrilled to have a supervisor in clinic who not only spoke Spanish (which provided me the opportunity to provide therapy in Spanish), but who also understood that language was but one factor in providing therapy for Spanish clients. And emphasized the importance of developing cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity within one’s practice.

Favorite PsyD course | Latinx Basic Clinical Lab: I really enjoyed this course because it was the course that began to broaden my perspective of how expansive the identity Latino/a/x/Hispanic really is, especially with around 20 different countries/areas and all the complexity within the US, it’s no wonder! This class also provided me with the opportunity to engage directly with the Latinx community through wonderful outreach events.

Hobbies | I love to go out for walks, read inspiring fanfiction stories, and watch cool TV shows. I also enjoy playing video games and my latest game I’m enjoying is the new Pokemon Snap. I also enjoy feeling connected with my Latinx community, and I have been privileged to have the opportunity to create those connections through many outreach opportunities in Sabiduría program at Pacific.

Caitlin McCann

4th Year | PsyD Program | Adult Emphasis



Undergraduate Institution | Juniata College

Hometown | Chevy Chase, Md.

Why I chose Pacific | I chose Pacific in part due to the geographic location, as well as the generalist training Pacific offers. I was also drawn to Pacific's in-house clinics that all students train in during their second year, and felt confident that I would graduate from Pacific as a well-trained and well-rounded clinician. 

Favorite PsyD course | Cognitive Assessment: This class was my first introduction to psychological testing, and I really enjoyed the professor (Dr. Cook) and the combination of practical lab work/testing practice and the lecture-based class. I've since TA'd for the class and continued to engage in assessment-based practicum placements. 

Hobbies | Other than spending time with friends, I enjoy spending time cooking, listening to podcasts, hiking, and exploring the PNW. 

Mykola Zubko 

3rd Year | PsyD Program | Adult Emphasis



Undergraduate Institution | UC Davis

Hometown | Nipomo, Calif.

Why I chose Pacific | Pacific had a lot wonderful qualities about it such as the resources that are available to you here. I cared a lot about getting exposed to different theoretical orientations, having access to literature, and interventions. The fact that this area also has 120+ breweries was a factor. 

Favorite PsyD course | Psychometrics: It is one thing for you to read someone elses research, and it is another thing entirely to know how much you should trust the findings. It is incredible how much research is published and very little is replicated, so knowing how to parse out potentially good or bad publications is crucial in our field.

Hobbies | I enjoy hiking, playing with my cats, traveling, reading, board games, escape rooms, learning languages, getting lost in the reabbithole of Youtube, and cooking.