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 cameraTenille Woodward

Doctoral Trainee

Tenille Woodward joined WSU Vancouver in August 2017. She is a doctoral level trainee working towards her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology. She served in the Active Duty Air Force for six years and currently serves in the Air Force Reserve.

In the Air Force, Woodward served as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and a Master Resilience Trainer. In her clinical training, Woodward has worked with adults, ranging in ages from 20s to 70s. She has also conducted psychological evaluations for veterans to assist them in filing disability compensation claims.

Woodward’s therapeutic approach is integrative. She has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness interventions. She also has experience with Attachment Theory and conceptualizing how early relationships with primary caregivers influence relational patterns. She has interest in teaching resilience and mindfulness skills in group and individual settings.  Tenille works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach and is passionate about helping people find their own resilience.


Person smiling at cameraThomas La Marr, M.A.

Doctoral Trainee

Thomas joined WSU Vancouver in August 2017. He is a doctoral level trainee working towards his PsyD in clinical psychology. He holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Pacific University (2017) and a Master of Arts in psychology from Pepperdine University (2015). He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (2013), where he studied psychology.

La Marr has completed clinical training experience that has familiarized him with both therapeutic interventions and psychological assessments. La Marr has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds in long and short-term therapies at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic in Portland, OR.  La Marr has four years of experience working with veterans, including two years as a medical support assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs and two years as a Veterans Coordinator at the University of California, Los Angeles. Furthermore, La Marr served for four years in the Marine Corps.

La Marr’s therapeutic approach focuses on mindfulness, values and psychological flexibility, a style of therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). When clinically relevant, La Marr also believes in focusing on experiential avoidance, present moment awareness and solution-focused techniques. His clinical interests include working with veterans, trauma, anxiety, adjustment disorders, sleep, and stress management.


Person smiling at cameraBradley Johnson, M.A.

Doctoral Trainee

Bradley Johnson joined WSU Vancouver in August 2017. He is a doctoral level trainee working towards his PsyD in clinical psychology. He holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from George Fox University (2016) and Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Multnomah University (2014), where he studied psychology and theology as an undergraduate student.

Johnson has completed a diverse training experience that has familiarized him with a variety of settings and clinical presentations. This includes work facilitating inpatient group therapy services at Cedar Hills Hospital in Portland, OR, assessing and managing ADHD at Northwest ADHD in Portland, OR, working with a diverse range of clients in a community health clinic in Newberg OR, and doing crisis screens in the emergency department of Providence Newberg Medical Center.

Johnson’s therapeutic approach is an emotion-focused, authentic and relationally-oriented style of therapy called psychodynamic therapy. He finds therapeutic inspiration outside of psychology in the poetry of Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke and in the podcast OnBeing. His clinical interests include working with attachment theory, working with addition and spiritual integration.


Person smiling at cameraLindsay Randall, M.A.

Doctoral Trainee

Lindsay Randall was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Christian University in 2011, where she studied psychology and sociology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in 2013. She is currently a doctoral level trainee working towards her PsyD in Clinical Psychology.

Randall’s primary areas of clinical interest are individual and group therapy. Although she practices from a cognitive-behavioral theoretical framework, she utilizes a collaborative strengths-based, client-centered therapeutic approach to help clients reach their personal goals. She has experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings, including correctional facilities and community mental health centers. She also has experience running multiple groups, including an ADHD skills-based group. She is particularly interested in psychological trauma, depression, anxiety, identity development, ADHD and adjustment concerns. She is excited to join the VanCoug community and serve students at WSU Vancouver.