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.


Rachelle Currier

Rachelle Currier, BA

Client Services Representative

Rachelle joined the Student Wellness Center in May of 2019. She is a graduate of Washington State University, Vancouver (2005) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. Her professional career has been based in call center customer service, working in both the propane industry as well as healthcare. She is excited to work with WSU students and provide friendly, courteous service to all who visit the Student Wellness Center. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, movies and spending time with family.