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Meet the Staff

Erin Currie, PhD, LP (she/they)

Licensed Psychologist, Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programming Coordinator & Survivor Support Advocate

Hi, my name is Dr. Erin Currie, and I am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Oregon and occasionally in international waters. I got my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and my graduate degrees at the University of Utah. My master’s thesis was a national survey of how much training counselors-in-training were getting to work with survivors of intimate partner violence and whether that training impacts attitudes towards survivors. My doctoral dissertation looked at the relationship between conscious attitudes and unconscious attitudes towards women based on whether they conform to traditional gendered norms. The non-counseling half of my job brings me back to this original focus to promote a culture of healthy relationships, non-violence, and supporting survivors.

My approach to counseling focuses on understanding how my clients are thinking and feeling about themselves and their lives and how their identities and situations (campus, family, friend-groups, our pandemic-era world, etc.) interact to impact mental health. I work with my clients to understand the strengths they have, the resources UP can provide, and the barriers they face in building mental wellness and, achieving their goals both individually and as a member of their communities.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me taking my dog for a walk, singing karaoke, climbing at the gym or crag, and trying out new restaurants in Portland.