Karen Chenier, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Science

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.