Meet Our Staff

Our counselors include licensed psychologists and doctoral-level trainees who work under the clinical supervision of our professional staff.


Person smiling at cameraPatience McGinnis, PsyD

Student Wellness Manager

Patience McGinnis joined WSU Vancouver in October 2013. She is a licensed psychologist and manages the Student Wellness Center. She has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington since 2009 and in the state of Oregon since 2010.

Dr. McGinnis received a Bachelor of Arts from Lewis & Clark College (1996); Master of Science in Special Education from Portland State University (2000); Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University (2004); and Doctor of Psychology from Pacific University (2007).

Dr. McGinnis completed an internship at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Utah State University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Counseling & Psychiatric Center at the University of Georgia. She has worked as counseling staff at Western Washington University Counseling Center and as a mental health therapist at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Department. She also worked as a special education teacher for adolescent students with moderate disabilities at a middle school in an Oregon suburban school district.

Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, eating concerns, ADHD, stress, life transitions, procrastination and relationship concerns.


Person smiling at cameraAllison Chambers, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Allison Chambers joined WSU Vancouver in August 2016. She is a staff psychologist and the outreach coordinator at the Counseling Services. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Oregon since October 2016 and Washington since January 2017.

Dr. Chambers holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University (2015), as well as a Master of Healthcare Administration (2015) and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (2012) from Pacific University. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University (2008), where she studied organismal biology and psychology.

Dr. Chambers completed extensive training as a generalist clinician in university settings, serving the diverse mental health needs of undergraduate and graduate students. She attended a postdoctoral residency at Pacific University in Forest Grove Ore., a doctoral internship at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and advanced training practica at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Dr. Chambers’ clinical interests include trauma reconciliation, disability and chronic illness, multicultural counseling, anxiety, mood concerns, and building healthy and satisfying relationships. She also serves students through group therapy, outreach and consultation.


Person smiling at cameraKylie Coleman

Doctoral Trainee

Kylie Coleman joined WSU Vancouver in August 2016. She is a doctoral-level trainee working towards her PsyD in clinical psychology. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from George Fox University (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Indiana University (2013), where she studied psychology and English.

Coleman has completed a diverse experience of training practica that have prepared her to work with individuals, families and children in long- and short-term therapies . She has experience at Chehalem Counseling Center in Newberg, Ore., as well as experience facilitating both inpatient and outpatient group therapy services at Cedar Hills Hospital in Portland.

Coleman practices a style of therapy known as psychodynamic psychotherapy. This form of therapy may focus on your relationships, your patterned ways of interacting with others, your ability to articulate your emotional experience and needs, and your capacity for self-reflection. Her clinical interests include complex trauma, multicultural therapy and spiritual integration.


Person smiling at cameraKrista Bacon

Doctoral Trainee

Krista Bacon joined WSU Vancouver in September 2016. She is a doctoral-level trainee working toward her PsyD in clinical psychology. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University (2016) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in addiction studies from Washington State University Vancouver (2013).

Bacon completed her most recent clinical training experience at the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic, a community mental health center in Portland. She worked primarily with adults seeking individual therapy services for a variety of clinical concerns. She also has experience facilitating group therapy services and providing outreach presentations.

Bacon’s clinical interests include trauma, relationship concerns, stress management and identity formation.


Person smiling at cameraEmma Frieberg

Office Assistant

Frieberg initially joined WSU Vancouver in February 2015 and worked for Counseling Services & Access Center part-time. She began working full-time in September 2015. Frieberg graduated from Western Washington University in 2014, where she studied education and social justice.