Counseling Center Director
I moved to La Grande in September, 2001, to begin working as a Clinical Counselor in our Counseling Center. I accepted the job as Counseling Center Director in September, 2012. I am a Southern California transplant (please don’t hold that against me!) and so winters can be a little long and cold for me. Much of the time I long for the 110 degree weather I grew up with, but aside for the cold weather, I absolutely love Eastern Oregon – the natural beauty, pace of life, and the people! For a little about my educational and clinical background …
I earned my BA in Behavioral Science from Concordia University in Irvine, California in 1991; my MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (also in Southern Cal) in 1993; and my PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Family Psychology) also from Azusa Pacific University, in 2001.
I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and had a private practice for several years where I had the fortunate opportunity of working with many families, kids (doing play therapy), couples, as well as individuals. I have been a licensed Psychologist in Oregon since 2002, and enjoy working with those who have experienced trauma and are struggling with various addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I thoroughly enjoy working with the college student population, which makes my job an ideal fit for me.
I could share lots more about myself, so if you want to know more, feel free to ask when you visit the Counseling Center or see me around campus.
Tucker Brown, Ph.D.
I’m extremely excited to work in the Counseling Center and to join the EOU community! I moved here from New Mexico where I taught at a college in the northern part of the state. Prior to that I worked in a health care clinic serving folks along the U.S.-Mexico border.
I received a M.A (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) in counseling from Loyola University Maryland, specializing in gender and men’s issues, ritual and rites of passage, and spirituality and religion. I earned my B.A. (2001) from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where I majored in Philosophy and German. In the years between my academic studies I lived in a range of places, both in the U.S. and abroad, and worked a variety of jobs. I attended the University of Heidelberg in Germany, taught in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and traveled throughout North America on Greyhound’s now defunct AmeriPass—which gave me my first chance to visit Eastern Oregon! I’ve worked in farming, painting, landscaping, carpentry, the restaurant industry, and over the past 10 years I’ve found my calling and passion in counseling.
I recently completed post-graduate study with the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts (2014), focusing on archetypal psychology, indigenous philosophies, dream work, the soul and trauma, and addiction recovery. I am licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico and held a similar credential in Maryland. I’m a National Certified Counselor and currently seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor in Oregon.
It brings me joy to accompany others in their processes of healing and personal integration. I love working with college and university students because I find that campus life is a remarkable setting for awareness and transformation, particularly in the areas of: sexual, cultural and gender identities; relationship; addiction; trauma; creativity; vocation; and questions pertaining to values and beliefs of ultimate significance. I am grounded in the humanistic/existential and analytical traditions and I incorporate my background in contemplative practices, such as sitting meditation, into my therapeutic relationships.
When I’m not at work I write, read, run, bike, sculpt and explore the wilderness with my family.
Dawna Flanagan, BS
I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology here at Eastern Oregon University in 2000, and I’m currently working on my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. As part of my program requirements, I’m doing a practicum with the Counseling Center here on campus, and I look forward to working with students. My regular job is in the Financial Aid Office as a financial aid counselor in Inlow Hall, so feel free to stop by and say hello to me there. In my free time (which is scarce these days), I’m with my family and friends, playing with our horses and dogs, or just enjoying the Grande Ronde Valley.
Front Desk for Student Health and Counseling Center
I have been the Patient Access Specialist for the Student Health and Counseling Center since 2011. I enjoy being part of the health care team here on campus. We work hard to meet the needs of our student population every day. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with my 3 dogs and enjoying beautiful Northeast Oregon.