Meet our staff

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

Patience McGinnis

Patience McGinnis, PsyD

Student Wellness Center 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.

Allison Chambers

Allison Chambers-Dixson, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Allison Chambers-Dixson 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-Dixson 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-Dixson 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-Dixsons’ 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.

Josh Buzze

Josh Buzze, MA

Doctoral Intern

Josh Buzze joined WSU Vancouver August 2019 as part of a year-long training practicum. He received a Bachelor’s of Science from University of La Verne (2016) and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University (2018). He has completed previous training at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic in Portland and Lifeworks NW in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Josh’s clinical interests include life transitions, depression, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, and relationship concerns.

Cayla Leung

Cayla Leung, MA

Doctoral Intern

Cayla Leung is joined WSU Vancouver in August 2019. She is a masters level trainee at the Counseling Services. She received her Bachelor of Sciences from Stony Brook University (2016) and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University (2018).

Cayla completed a full practicum year in community mental health at the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic in 2017. She also received training working with undergraduate and graduate students at the Lewis & Clark College Counseling Services.

Cayla’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and life transitions.

Ashley McWaters

Ashley McWaters, MS

Doctoral Trainee

Ashley McWaters joined Counseling Services staff as a part-time trainee for the spring and summer of 2020. Ashley received a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University in 2016, and she is currently completing her fourth year of doctoral training in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Pacific University. Prior to joining the staff at WSU, she has worked at the Pacific University Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic and a Salem Hospital providing therapy and assessment services. She has experience treating a variety of clinical presentations, including grief, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and personality disorders.

Ashley approaches therapy from a person-centered behaviorist perspective. She believes that true happiness comes from living life in accordance with what the individual values most. As a therapist, she provides a warm and supportive atmosphere to help the client recognize the goals that are important to them, identify how their behaviors or life circumstances are interfering with these goals, and how to best structure their behavior to accomplish their goals. While Ashley views therapy through a behaviorist perspective, she also integrates her knowledge of neurocognitive processes and the neurological underpinnings of mental illness into her case conceptualization and treatment approach. This model helps provide the client with a holistic understanding of their own mental health and treatment needs.

Lindsay Randall

Lindsay Randall, PsyD

Postdoctoral Psychology Resident

Lindsay 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 both her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University, and she graduated with her doctorate degree in 2019. She is currently a doctoral level trainee working towards becoming licensed in the state of Washington.

Lindsay’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, university settings, and community mental health centers. She also has experience running multiple groups, including interpersonal process and ADHD skills-based groups. She is particularly interested in psychological trauma, mood concerns, anxiety, identity development, ADHD, life transitions, and adjustment concerns.

Katrina Beeble

Katrina Beeble, BA

Interim Client Services Representative

Katrina Beeble returns as the Student Wellness Center as an Interim Client Services Representative, having first worked with us last spring. The last 15 years of her professional career has been a mix of software support and customer service roles (both internal and external). Her passion in this new role is providing top notch, friendly service to any student who needs her assistance at the Student Wellness Center. Outside of work she loves to travel, help homeless dogs by fostering and is one of the biggest foodies you could ever meet!

Julie La Bar

Julie La Bar, BA

Interim Client Services Representative

Julie La Bar joined our team in January. Julie graduated from University of San Diego in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Her background includes corporate banking, sales, and customer service. She has a passion for herbalism and supporting local farmers. She also enjoys cooking and canning.