Our Professionals

Our goal is to meet the needs of our local community as well as to contribute to our broader professional communities. Portland, Oregon is a unique city – outstanding in its community building efforts. We aim to work with our remarkable hospital providers in Portland, and through strong consultation relationships, offer psychological services where needed. Furthermore, we are integrated in a community within a community in the S. Waterfront and evaluate the needs and requests of this community as well. On a broader scale, we work nationally through various activities to further our specialized fields.

Our Psychologists & Trainees

Our psychologists, psychologist residents, and practicum students in psychology doctoral programs specialize in psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, research, teaching and supervising. In clinical practice we assist clients as they develop strategies for coping with new or chronic health conditions, physical or cognitive rehabilitation, and/or degenerative disease, terminal illness, dying, and adjustment to loss. Our professional work considers individuals’ and families’ deeply meaningful and existential experiences about life and death. At times the goals of treatment might include addressing elevated or new symptoms of anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sleep difficulty, and/or chronic pain, while at other times treatment will focus on helping clients and loved ones to make sense of all that has happened or is happening. We work collaboratively with other medical and health care providers in order to best treat the whole person. Our practice emphasizes the highest standards of privacy, respect, and dignity for all of the clients whom we serve.

Louise E. Marasco, Ph.D.

Dr. Marasco, licensed clinical psychologist, founded Transitions Professional Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in California and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Miami VA Healthcare System in Florida with specialized training in geropsychology. Following internship, she completed a palliative care post-doctoral Fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System with training emphasis in inpatient hospice care, extended care, palliative care and palliative care consult service. All programs were APA-accredited, meeting the highest standards and guidelines for psychology training programs in the US.

Dr. Marasco’s areas of specialties include work with adults and older adults facing impending loss, who are actively dying, and who are bereaved. Areas of training experience  include evaluation and treatment of clients with spinal cord injury, pre- and post-heart transplant, PTSD, and severely mentally ill. Her academic and clinical training includes an emphasis in neuropsychological assessment in adults with various etiologies, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke and other vascular disorders. Much of her clinical training was established with inpatient and outpatient veterans and their families, and experience in a county inpatient psychiatric facility. Louise’s research focus has also revolved around loss, including loss of a perinatal baby.

Dr. Marasco’s career in palliative care, end-of-life care and bereavement initially grew out of interest in cultural and religious differences in customs and beliefs around death and dying. During her studies of Buddhism, she simultaneously worked as a home hospice volunteer for several years. This work led her to commit to formal doctoral training in clinical psychology.

The experience of loss may relate to loss of function, physical abilities and cognitive capacity, or life itself. Dr. Marasco’s patients are often newly diagnosed with terminal illness, enduring curative or palliative cancer treatment, and often have complicated medical and mental health histories.

The vision behind Transitions Professional Center was inspired by Dr. Marasco who recognized the need to establish a stronger presence of psychology in end-of-life services.

HaleyHaley G. Trontel, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Dr. Haley Trontel is a board certified neuropsychologist and joined Transitions Professional Center in June of 2015. She is also licensed as a clinical psychologist in Oregon.  Dr. Trontel graduated from the University of Montana before completing her clinical internship at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA in Bedford, MA in neuropsychology.  Dr. Trontel completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology which included both research and clinical responsibilities.

Dr. Trontel is trained in neuropsychology across the lifespan.  She is experienced in conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to facilitate diagnostic clarification and aid in treatment planning for patients, families, and providers. 

Dr. Trontel has assessment experience in a broad range of neurological and psychiatric conditions, with primary areas of expertise in traumatic brain injury (TBI), vascular disorders, and disorders of aging.

Katrin E. Beene, Psy.D.

Dr. Beene is a clinical neuropsychologist also licensed as a clinical psychologist in Oregon. She joined the Transitions team in October, 2017.

Dr. Beene graduated from Humboldt State University and went on to attend Pacific University, School of Graduate Psychology. She completed a 1 year clinical internship at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN in clinical psychology. Follwed by a 2 year neuropsychology residency at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, PA in clinical neuropsychology.

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Timothy Wright, Psy.D.

Timothy Wright, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist working at Transitions Professional Center as an independent contractor providing individual and group therapy for adults. He also works as a clinical psychologist with NorthWest Pain Clinic, at VA Portland Healthcare System.

Dr. Wright completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at La Salle University, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at VA Maine Healthcare System, with specialty training in behavioral medicine and PTSD. He went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in palliative care psychology at VA Portland Healthcare System, with specific training emphasis on end of life care, bereavement/grief, chronic pain, insomnia, and living with chronic illness.

His training and clinical experience is primarily with medically-involved individuals struggling with adjustment, mood, anxiety and grief difficulties across settings, from tertiary-care hospitals, to extended care facilities, outpatient primary care, and specialty clinics such as oncology, hemo-dialysis, and HIV. His therapeutic philosophy is to apply empirically-based principles of treatment, from a contextual cognitive behavioral therapy perspective. He has specialty training in traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy DBT) and a breadth of mindfulness-based interventions, e.g. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). His clinical research has focused on the mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions, and how this applies to healthy behavior change.

Administrative Staff

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Emily Vierck ~ Office Manager

Emily Vierck joined Transitions Professional Center in April, 2014. She graduated from Western Business College in 1998 with a diploma in Medical Assisting. She has worked for 20 years as both a clinical and administrative medical assistant.

Emily is very pleased to be part of such a great team that provides such an important service to our community. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have.