Isabel Bowen

The discussion-based learning at L&C was really incredible; I felt like I learned more and was more involved in my education. 

Isabel Bowen BA '19



Degree and Class Year

BA ’19


Bozeman, Montana

Current City

Portland, Oregon




PSI Peer Facilitator

Overseas study


Job Title, Organization

Patient Services Specialist at Providence Milwaukie, Recently left my position to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology


OHSU’s ADHD research lab; Friends of the Elderly in Ireland

Continuing Studies

Bastyr University in San Diego, CA

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Welcoming, Creative, Unique

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Welcoming, Creative, Unique

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

Immediately I fell in love with the campus and greatly appreciated the open-discussion classroom settings. The discussion-based learning was really incredible and I felt like I learned more and was more involved in my education.

What have you been doing since graduation?

I have been working at Providence Medical Group Milwaukie and working on getting into graduate school for psychology.

How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for your job?

I started doing research during my sophomore year of college with Dr. Todd Watson and his experiment at the living laboratory at OMSI. Ever since that project, I was drawn to more clinical-based research and was lucky to be a part of research at OHSU and abroad in Ireland. Working in those settings allowed me to focus on my research and get a taste for clinical work. I am now about to enter graduate school to get my degree in counseling and the Lewis & Clark psychology department is to thank.

What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

Always keep investigating and focusing on doing the things you love with the people you love. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, your LC community will be there for you if you need it.

Why did you major in psychology?

I fell in love with the brain and behavior in all its complexities. Working with fellow psychologists was the most rewarding as we all learned and grew together. Psychology encouraged my curiosity and I couldn’t get enough.

How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

I am always here for the magazines and always enjoy keeping up with the current events on campus.

If you studied overseas while at Lewis & Clark, how did you choose your program? 

I went abroad to Ireland in January 2019 with the psychology department. As I had already committed to the psychology department for my major, I wanted to go abroad with the psych department.

What did your overseas study add to your L&C experience?

Going abroad during my junior year was one of the most rewarding experiences I could have had. I learned so much and got to see all of the country of Ireland with my fellow classmates. There was always an adventure waiting for you and going with the psychology department gave me and my fellow classmates a unique experience to go beyond the classroom with our psychology learnings and actually implement our learnings into the real world. It was so rewarding and I recommend it highly to anyone considering going abroad.