Dr. Pamela Hays, Soldotna Counseling
Dr. Pamela Hays, Counselor

About Dr. Pamela A. Hays

Dr. Pamela Hays
174 E. Redoubt Ave.
Soldotna , AK 99669

Phone: (907) 262-4403

Dr. Pamela Hays, cross-country skiing in Alaska

Professional Background

As long as I can remember, I've had a passion for learning from people of diverse cultures. My interests led me to seek work and education in places where I knew I would be challenged by new languages, customs, and beliefs. My first destination was New Mexico, where I obtained a B.A. in psychology at New Mexico State University. I completed a year of psychology study at the University of North Wales (U.K.), a certificate in French at La Sorbonne in Paris, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hawaii (1983-86), an internship at the Portland V.A. Medical Center (1986-87), and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (1987-88). During the latter year, I became closely involved with the Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian communities of Rochester for a project aimed at addressing needed mental health services. I also lived in the North African country of Tunisia where I interviewed women about the impact of rapid social changes on their lives.

After my last relocation, I decided I’d had enough moves for a while and settled into a full-time faculty position in the graduate psychology program at Antioch University in Seattle where I worked for 11 years. Although I loved my work at Antioch, family and a new relationship lured me back to my hometown in Alaska where I worked part-time for about 10 years with Peninsula Community Health Services and the Kenaitze Tribe’s Nakenu Family Center/Dena’ina Wellness Center. I served for several years as a Board Member of the Alaska State Psychological Association (AK-PA), and continue to be a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists. Since 2008, I’m grateful to be back in rural Alaska, knowing my neighbors, snowshoeing in winter, walking Kasilof beach in summer, and eating salmon all year round.

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