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Sarah Carter

SPP Adjunct Instructor

Sport and Performance Psychology

Sarah Castillo

Sarah Castillo, PhD, CMPC

Director, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Sarah Castillo completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA, her master’s degree in kinesiology at Cal State Long Beach and her PhD in education at the University of Idaho. Her graduate research projects built on one another, with her master’s thesis focusing on the impact of coach and athlete compatibility on levels of team cohesion, and her dissertation centered on the creation of a two-year intervention program with a newly formed NCAA Division I women’s soccer team. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) and approved CMPC mentor through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She currently serves on the AASP executive board as the professional standards division head, overseeing activities related to certification, ethics and continuing education. Dr. Castillo comes to UWS from National University in San Diego, Calif., where she served as the program director for the bachelor’s in sport psychology program, acted as editor-in-chief for the online Journal of Performance Psychology and was co-director of the Center for Performance Psychology. Prior to her tenure at National University, she spent nine years as a performance enhancement instructor at the United States Military Academy, West Point. During her time with the Army, Dr. Castillo worked extensively with more than 15 intercollegiate, intramural and club athletic teams. Dr. Castillo’s passion is working with individuals and teams in their search for peak performance in any area of life. She currently works with various collegiate teams and individual athletes in the San Diego area, as well as the USOPC Paralympic track and field team. One of Dr. Castillo’s main areas of interest is the implementation of interventions designed to allow performers to reach their potential through the application of mental skills and mindfulness training. Her goal is to collaborate with performers to help them become fully engaged in competition despite adverse thoughts, emotions and playing conditions.

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Karen Chenier, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Science

Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Karen Bruce Chenier studied dance, psychology and sociology. She has a BFA in dance from California State University at Long Beach, a MA in dance movement therapy from the University of California Los Angeles, and a PhD in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara Dr. Bruce Chenier has diverse professional work experience as a dance movement therapist, psychological assistant and psychotherapist. She worked as a registered dance movement therapist in various hospitals in Los Angeles. She worked in acute, locked, adult in-patient and partial psychiatric hospitalization programs in Century City Hospital, Encino Hospital, North Hollywood Medical Center, Huntington East Valley Hospital in Pasadena, CA, and the Healing Foundation Brentwood, CA. Dr. Bruce Chenier also lead dance movement therapy groups and individual sessions with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities at Ability First, Lawrence L. Frank Center in Pasadena, CA. She also worked as a dance movement therapist with elderly Catholic Nuns in Los Angeles, Sisters of St. Joseph, and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary.  She was also accepted and worked as a psychological assistant with Dr. Steven Frank at the CG. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, Kieffer Franz Clinic. As a lecturer, she has taught in the dance and education psychology department at California State University Long Beach. After taking time to be with her family and children, she relocated to Portland, Oregon. Dr. Bruce Chenier currently has a private practice office in Portland working with adults and couples who seek to enhance and improve the quality of their relationships and overall mental health. Presently, she is delighted to be teaching clinical psychology part-time in the graduate chiropractic program at the University of Western States.

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Josh Civiello, MA

Executive Director, Admissions

Admissions

Phone: 503-206-3210 | Email: [email protected]

Josh has served in a variety of admissions and academic counseling roles over the past 15 years, and has experience working with aspiring students ranging from high schoolers to doctoral degree candidates. He earned his MA in counseling psychology in 2011. Originally from the great state of Maine, Josh moved to Oregon in 2016 where he continues to enjoy spending time with his family, exploring the local mountains and beaches, and cheering for his favorite New England sports teams. 

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Erin Cochran, MEd

Content Strategist

Marketing and Communications

Erin Cochran, MEd began with University of Western States in June 2017 with a background in working in collegiate athletics at the University of Minnesota and University of Oregon. She earned her BA in Mass Communications: Public Relations from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., in 2013 before earning her MEd in Applied Kinesiology emphasis in Sport Management in 2015 from the University of Minnesota. As content strategist for UWS, Cochran serves as the ASB liaison, is responsible for multimedia strategy, internal and external communications content, photography, copy editing and media relations efforts. Erin is currently working towards her EdD within the UWS clinical mental health counseling program specialization in sport and performance.

Nicolette Codispoti

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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Chantelle Combe, MA

Student Support Specialist

Student Services

Phone: 971-358-1221 | Email: [email protected]

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Matthew Condie, CMPC

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Matthew Condie is an Australian-trained and based clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member for the department of sport and performance psychology at University of Western States. He is a certified mental performance consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, has a doctorate education in sport and performance psychology, and is currently studying a Master of Educational Neuroscience. Matt has held several key roles in clinical psychology and leadership, including child protection, youth, and adult mental health, forensic drug and alcohol, emergency psychiatric services, perinatal and infant mental health, and refugee mental health both in Australia and abroad. He currently is a full-time faculty member teaching into the Master of Clinical Psychology program at Central Queensland University. Matt works with athletes from community level to Olympic level. He sees his mission to explore and challenge the status quo regarding human performance, functioning, and coping through the lens of reflective practice, innovation, positive psychology, achievement and motivation, mindfulness, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Together with his clinical knowledge and experiences, Matt's passion is to promote the integration of well-being and mental wellness theoretical and applied principles to support athletes and performers to be self-aware, balanced, resilient, well-rounded and consistently high performers. With any individual he works with, Matt balances autonomy with accountability, with a focus on respecting the relationship, education, skill acquisition and reflective practice to foster self-awareness, self-management and resilience in athletes and coaches. Of particular interest to Dr. Condie is developing competent, equipped and resilient practitioners into the fields of clinical and sport psychology, self-care, positive psychology, the athletic identity, managing transitions in sport and resilience. 

Mary Kate Connolly

Associate Professor, Chiropractic Science

Doctor of Chiropractic

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Christopher Cooper, DC

Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Sciences

Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Chris Cooper graduated from University of Western States in 2013. He started his private practice, Cascade Chiropractic & Wellness, in 2014. He began teaching at UWS in 2016 while continuing full time in private practice. Currently, Dr. Cooper teaches courses in business, marketing and transitioning into practice. He found that teaching students about how…

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Michelle J. Cox, PhD

Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sport and Performance Psychology

Phone: 503-251-5726 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Michelle J. Cox has a PhD in human development and family sciences, with doctoral minors in counseling and gerontology from Oregon State University. She earned an MA in counseling from George Fox University. Her doctoral research, on the topic of transcendence, focused on leisure, physical health behaviors and volunteer activities as predictors of mental health in older adults - including those with dementias. Dr. Cox is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and holds professional memberships with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA). A two-sport athlete during her undergraduate education at Western Oregon University, Dr. Cox was always intrigued by the demands on scholar athletes. She worked with this population as a counselor and later as the director of student health and counseling at her alma mater, while developing a practice specialty with athletes and those in high-performance professions who demonstrated eating disordered behaviors. Her academic training, population of interest (high-performance professionals), and her personal life collided when her husband, a former football player and avid motorcyclist, was diagnosed at age 48 with young-onset dementia. Dr. Cox then focused her research on learning about secondary dementias (those caused by illness and injury). When faced with the recognition that several concussions were likely the cause of her husband's illness, Dr. Cox became an advocate for early clinical assessment for dementia in clients who report closed head injuries. She explains, "Early detection of dementia-related symptoms means early treatment, which can extend the brain's plasticity and allow for mental health treatment to prepare clients and their families to manage the disease." An ordained pastor, Dr. Cox studies spiritual integration in clinical mental health counseling and has presented on this topic at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), APA, ACA and ORCA conferences. She published The Spiritual Integration Toolbox in the July 2013 edition of Counseling Today. Dr. Cox's other publications include the chapter, Jungian Theory and Therapy, in The Quick Theory Reference Guide (Jordan, 2007). Message to new students: Hi all. I accepted each of you to this program because I believe you will make this world a better place. You also bring unique qualities and experiences that will enhance others' learning. I commit to helping you succeed in the program. I take our calling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling seriously because I know how people are impacted by the quality of our work. Counseling is a meaningful and demanding profession that, when managed well, offers rewards I have never found in other professions.  I want all of my students to make me obsolete. I feel successful when I see students I once taught leading organizations, serving their clients and profession, and becoming passionate about healing others. If you speak with me about mental health, you will see that all business side come out.  Some people might call me witty, but that is just a polite way of saying I am naturally sarcastic. I have lots of quirky and surprising interests. I collect Chucks (for you youngsters, those are old-school Converse tennis shoes). I have 19 pair in different colors and I am constantly on the hunt for unique pairs. I am one of the best welders you will ever meet, and am known to all my children and their friends as "the cool mom." Our house has always been the gathering place. Our children are all adults now, with partners and large social circles so it can get hectic at home. My Italian grandmother would be proud.  I recently bought a new home that included a pool table so I may have to start charging rent soon. The best thing about my life, without question, is our new granddaughter. My heart smiles just from thinking about her so if you ever think I am grumpy, ask me about Fallon and I will light up!

Publications

  • The Spiritual Integration Toolbox - Counseling Today July 2013
  • Jungian Theory and Therapy - The Quick Theory Reference Guide (Jordan, 2007)
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Jacey Coy

SPP and CMHC Adjunct Faculty

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

My name is Dr. Jacey Coy and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of California, Arizona, and Texas. I hold a Doctorate of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and a Masters degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University. I love teaching a wide variety of courses in Psychology, Counseling, Family Therapy, and Communication Studies. I also have a passion for research and have published two qualitative research articles with the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the American Journal of Family Therapy. I am currently the Director of Behavioral Health Services for a local nonprofit here in Tucson, AZ. I live in Tucson with my wife, our two young children and our two dogs. I love traveling, playing guitar, music, hiking, and photography.

Michael Crupper

Adjunct Faculty, Chiropractic Science

Doctor of Chiropractic

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Malia Cumming

Library Access Services Assistant

Library

Malia (they/them) has been the access services assistant for the UWS library since 2019. As such, they help out in the day-to-day functions of the library, including circulation, research guide maintenance, assisting the student workers and other administrative tasks. They also handle interlibrary loans and document delivery, and give occasional reference services when needed. They're the main frontline contact of the UWS library along with the student workers. Malia received a BA in communication from Portland State University and later graduated from the Master of Library Science program of Emporia State University in 2018. Outside of work, they're a quiet homebody who likes to read all kinds of books.

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Denise D., ND

Dean of Teaching and Learning

Center for Teaching and Learning, Leadership

Phone: 503-251-2800

Dr. Denise D. is a higher education administrator passionate about helping students, faculty and institutions achieve their highest potential. Her experience ranges the full continuum from teaching in the classroom to execution of institutional strategic plans. Dr. D. holds a doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University (PSU). Prior to her current position with UWS, Dr. D. served as the academic dean and chief academic officer for the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She also served as director of curriculum and faculty development for NUNM, where she enabled the college to become a university by developing and launching two undergraduate degree programs. Dr. D. also founded the NUNM Center for Teaching and Learning where she supported more than 200 full-time and adjunct faculty with their teaching and professional development. During her free time, Dr. D. enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, and being outdoors hiking, swimming or playing tennis.

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Robert Davidson

Instructor

Sport and Performance Psychology

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Patrick Davis, EdD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Patrick E. Davis was born in Manhattan, New York, but spent most of his formative years in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in theology from Ambassador College and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling and counselor education at Texas A&M University-Commerce.    Dr. Davis has taught graduate and undergraduate students for the past 20 years….

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Kristine Dearborn

Relief Shift Chiropractic Physician

Health Center of UWS

Stephanie Debner

Stephanie Debner, MA, MLIS, AHIP

University Librarian

Library

Phone: 503-251-5757 | Email: [email protected]

Stephanie Debner (she/her) serves as the University Librarian in the UWS library. She is responsible for understanding the information needs of academic programs and providing appropriate resources to meet those needs. Ms. Debner oversees information literacy programming and ensures that the library is a key asset in faculty development and student attraction and retention. She manages the library's collections, which includes acquiring, managing, and delivering those resources to all campus constituencies. Prior to this position, she served as the Head of Library Public Services at UWS, managing the reference, instruction, and access services functions of the library. With over 20 years of experience as an instructor, she taught within the doctor of chiropractic program and created learning objects, tutorials, and mini-courses for all academic programs at UWS. Before coming to University of Western States, Stephanie was a tenured faculty librarian at Mt. Hood Community College, where she was a liaison to its health sciences and science programs. She has also served as a librarian at Portland Community College, Lewis & Clark College, Clackamas Community College, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Prior to her library career, she taught French at the University of Minnesota and martial arts at a dojo in Minneapolis, Minn. Ms. Debner has a Bachelor of Arts in French from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Arts (MA) in French from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Dominican University. How do you engage with the UWS mission on a daily basis? A core part of my role in the library is assisting faculty and students to find, access and use the best available and most clinically-relevant evidence to provide the best care for the good of the patient. This supports excellence in teaching and learning in evidence-informed, integrated health care, as well as scholarly inquiry. I engage students in critical thinking about the research evidence, its appraisal and its fit for real-life questions and cases. The whole library team in the UWS library strives for excellence in the services and resources that help members of the UWS community succeed in their educational, research and clinical endeavors.

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Constance DelGuidice, EdD, LMHC, BCST

CMHC Instructor

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Phone: 772-631-6138 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Constance DelGiudice is a licensed mental health counselor with a doctorate in counseling psychology and post-graduate work in sex therapy. Her counseling specializations are in individual and relationship counseling, sex therapy, as well as trauma therapy. In 2007, within a local not-for-profit, she initiated and started a sexual abuse treatment program. The success of…

Nicole Detling

Nicole Detling, CMPC, DISC

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Dr. Nicole Detling, CMPC, is the founder and owner of HeadStrong Consulting, LLC, a mental performance coaching company. Having worked with performers in disciplines from sport to coaching to dance to business since 1998, Nicole regularly travels the world in support of high level performances. She is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker and has worked with businesses all over the world to deliver dynamic and memorable speeches.  Dr. Detling has been to three Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of Team USA and has worked with 32 different athletes who won medals in their respective sports. She has also coached 16 world champions, two national championship teams, six PAC-12 championship teams, and 14 state champions. In addition, Nicole has worked with individual athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, NHL, MLS, MLR and professional rock climbers and cyclists. She also spent three years as the mental performance coach for the MLS club Real Salt Lake (1st team), Real Monarchs (2nd team), an Utah Royals (NWSL team).

Brad Dieter

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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Michelle Dodge

Registrar

Registrar

Phone: 503-251-5710 | Email: [email protected]

Michelle Dodge serves as the registrar and veteran’s certifying official. Michelle has been with UWS since 2007 and brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to UWS. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from University of California, Riverside and a Master in Education degree from George Fox University.

Beth Dominicis

Assistant Professor, Chiropractic Sciences

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Dominicis graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1994 after teaching in public school (graduate degree in education) and working in the radio and film industries (bachelor’s in film). Her experience with chiropractic began in high school where she worked as a front and back-office chiropractic assistant….

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Susan Donoff, PhD

Director of Institutional Appraisal and Accreditation

Institutional Effectiveness

Phone: 503-808-7993 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Donoff was born and raised in Florida, and received her BA and MA in history from the University of South Florida. Following a change in career interests, Dr. Donoff relocated to Nevada to pursue her PhD in educational leadership from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. In 2017, Dr. Donoff joined University of Western States…

Ashley Duguay

Ashley Duguay, MPC, CSPA, MSPE

Adjunct Instructor, Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology

Ashley Duguay holds a PhD from the University of Windsor (Kinesiology – Sport and Exercise Psychology) along with a Master’s of Human Kinetics (Sport and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Windsor and a Master’s of Education (Sport Leadership) from the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her graduate research centered on athlete leadership, with her master’s thesis focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of an athlete leadership development program for varsity athletes, and her dissertation focused on understanding shared leadership and emotional intelligence in relation to athlete leadership. Her research has recently expanded to also include topics associated with high-impact teaching and learning in the field of sport and exercise psychology, especially as it relates to distance education. In addition to her role as an adjunct instructor, Ashley works as a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) and is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA). She is a trained Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) instructor and an approved CMPC mentor through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). As an MPC, Ashley seeks to facilitate the development of skills, attitudes, qualities, processes and perspectives that support her clients’ (e.g., athletes, teams, coaches, sport organizations) mental performance while helping them achieve positive personal development and performance improvement. Her interest in this field has been directly influenced by her experiences in sport (especially team sports) as an athlete and coach.

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Brianna Dutton, DC

Radiology Assistant

Diagnostic Imaging, Doctor of Chiropractic

Carrie Ebling

Carrie Ebling, DC, LMT

Assistant Professor

Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-251-5788 | Email: [email protected]

Carrie Ebling is a self-professed anatomy geek with Gray’s Anatomy being the first coffee table book she ever owned. She became interested in massage therapy and chiropractic after witnessing the profound effect hands-on therapies had on the family horse and dog when she was growing up. She has been working on bodies since the late 90’s, balancing art and science to create individualized sessions that get people back to doing whatever they love.  She joined UWS in 2006 with the inaugural class of massage therapy students, began assisting in chiropractic sciences courses in 2008 and became a full-time faculty member in 2017. Additionally, she maintains a private practice where she sees patients part-time when she's not on campus teaching in the rehab series, extremity orthopedics and muscle testing. She can often be found on weekends sprucing up some landscaping or honing her gardening skills, watching a Timbers game and walking through various neighborhoods in Portland enjoying the changing seasons. She is an avid seasonal eater and loves the access to farm fresh food that Portland has to offer. Her partner is an amazing cook and together they enjoy hosting dinner parties and playing cards with friends.

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