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Colten Wayne Larsen

Major: Psychology
Minor: Theatre
Current Position: Larsen is enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. He works in emergency departments as a behavioral health crisis consultant, assessing patients who may be suicidal, homicidal or psychotic. He also works in program development and evaluation for one of
the emergency departments. Larsen earned a master's degree in forensic and legal psychology from Marymount University.

Whitworth Activities: "I was involved in intramurals and freshman mentoring. I was also the costume shop assistant for the theatre department, the public relations manager for the gay-straight alliance club, and a volunteer at Northeast Youth Center and House of Charity through the psychology department, as well as an intern for the Spokane police ombudsman. I also studied abroad in London for theatre and art during Jan Term."

Influential Whitworth Professors: "Melissa Rogers, Patricia Bruininks and Noel Wescombe were probably the most influential, in different ways. Dr. Rogers introduced me to my interest in forensic psychology and cognitive functioning. Dr. Bruininks pushed me to think more deeply and compassionately and to embrace who I am as a person. And Dr. Wescombe fostered my love for working with children and adolescents, as well as showed me to always have a smile and show compassion."

Career Goal: "After graduating with my doctorate, I plan to enter into private practice as a consultant and forensic evaluator. My specific interests and populations include young individuals with disruptive behavior disorders, juvenile sex offenders, autism within the judicial system, and other high-risk populations. Additionally, I hope to go into teaching, with the goal of inspiring students, just as I was, and to work with developing professionals in the field."

Advice for Students: "Be curious and explore your options. You'd be surprised at the variety of interest areas in psychology. Test them all out and don't rush it. Find the place most congruent with who you are and what you are passionate about."

Other Recent Alums

  • Jacqueline Nelson is a licensed mental health counselor associate employed with Trauma Informed Therapies, PLLC in Spokane. She received a master's degree in counseling psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
  • Kirin (Foster) Casteel is a school counselor at Camas High School in Camas, Wash. She earned a master's degree in school counseling at Eastern Washington University.
  • Nichole Webber is an occupational therapist at All About Kids Occupational Therapy in Sandpoint, Idaho. She earned a master's degree in occupational therapy at Eastern Washington University.
  • Alanna (Feltner) Williams is working toward master's degrees in public administration and social work at the University of Washington.