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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.

Karly Daley, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hello, my name is Karly Daley. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Oregon and California and a nationally-certified (CEIP) Equine-Facilitated Educator. I completed my Master of Social Work at DePaul University in Chicago with a focus in community practice. My clinical experience has been working at nonprofits in community mental health ranging from young adults to seniors. 

My goal in therapy is to create a safe space where you can become your best, empowered self within school and community. I work from a client centered, strength and tools based, trauma informed lens focusing on how systems may affect ones ability to authentically connect to relationships and their own mind and body. 

I am passionate about human rights, social justice and fighting for equity in our community. 

You can usually find me scoping out new food trucks or coffee shops, trail riding/ hiking with my horse in North Plains or being with my partner and two dogs.

Clay Hartmann, PhD (he/him)

Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Counseling and Training

Hi, my name is Dr. Clay Hartmann and I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Oregon. I completed my PhD at the New School in New York City, where my research focus was on substance use, mourning, and the gendered experience of health. My clinical training experiences included a wide range of hospital rotations and university clinical placements, though I feel most at home in a college counseling center.  

I tend to work from a psychodynamic framework, which attempts to help people unpack the patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that leave them feeling stuck and on repeat. I try to help students identify those patterns, understand how they were formed, and help them to create new ways of connecting to themselves and to others. I also utilize skills focused therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for students looking to make structured changes in their day to day behaviors. Lastly, I also tend to integrate in feminist and cultural theory into my work, in order to help students unpack how their struggles are socially and culturally located.  

I’m ready to help students with anything from relationship and family issues, to working through past traumas, and/or simply adjusting to the hectic life of being a Pilot. Outside of therapy I enjoy extended backpacking trips, local bands, and gardening. If you see me skating around campus feel free to say hi.

Greg Peterson, PhD, LPC, ACS (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor, Director of Student Wellness

Howdy, my name is Dr. Greg Peterson and I am a licensed professional counselor in Oregon. I have a masters in counseling from Western Seminary here in Portland, Oregon, conferred in 2012, as well as a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Adams State University in Colorado, conferred in 2023. I am a national expert in training mental health professionals to assist in mitigating the mental health impacts of climate change. I have over ten years of clinical experience and over seven years of supervisory experience. I have worked in community mental health as a direct service provider and as a supervisor overseeing a two-county region severe and persistent mentally ill population in a community-based services program. I was previously the Director of Counseling Services at Concordia University, Portland, where I served the university population for four years. As Director of Student Wellness, I oversee the counseling center, wellness promotion, interpersonal violence prevention, as well as the Care team. I approach therapy from a blended perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I assist people with using the skills and tools they already have to strengthen their abilities to practice flexibility and mindfulness to address life’s changing problems. I enjoy working with students on a wide variety of topics, from sadness and worry to relationship issues and life transitions. When not on campus, I am usually busy spending time with my children and family. I look forward to meeting and offering assistance.