Who We Are

Eric Olsen

Eric Olsen, PhD

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Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team

Dr. Olsen earned his B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Family and Human Development with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University. He earned his Ph.D. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.

He has spent the last 34 years working in multiple areas of Student Affairs at three different universities. He continues to be involved in campus wide collaboration to achieve University goals regarding recruitment, retention and diversity. He has extensive training and experience in risk management, campus safety, and suicide prevention. He currently chairs the University’s Behavioral Intervention, threat Assessment Team.

He is a true Blue Aggie who served as student body president at USU and is a founding member of the USU Admissions Ambassadors. He is married to an Aggie and his two daughters are graduates of Utah State. Between the four of them they have earned 7 degrees from USU. He enjoys hiking, hunting, reading and listening to old school country and cowboy music.

Krystin Deschamps

Krystin Deschamps, MEd

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Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Vice Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team

Krystin Deschamps (pronounced DAY-shaw) is the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and has been in this role since 2011. Prior to that, she served as the retention advisor at Utah State University, receiving a Robins Award for her work with students. Krystin earned her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Montana, where she developed a passion for educational policy, specifically as it relates to students. Next, she earned her graduate degree from the University of Utah in educational leadership and policy, with an emphasis in higher education. In that program, she focused her academic interests on the practical, ethical, and legal considerations of college student mental health.

In her time at Utah State University, Krystin has committed herself to helping students who are facing challenges. She has an affinity for helping them to find paths forward. She serves as the vice chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team; as a member of the CARE Team; a member of the JED Campus Mental Health Steering Committee, of which she serves as the chair of the Policies and Procedures subcommittee; a member of the Implementation and Coordination Subcommittee of the Sexual Assault Task Force; a member of the Sexual Assault Coordinated Community Response Team; and a proud member of the Aggies Think, Care, Act Committee. Krystin is also an Ally on Campus and an Upstander.

Krystin likes to have fun and to experience awe. A few of her favorite things are being in the forest hiking or skiing, being on the river fly-fishing or floating, experiencing antiquity, and eating tomatoes from her garden.

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Chelsey Ritner

Chelsey Ritner, PsyD

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CARE Manager

Chelsey is a CARE Manager with the CARE Office. She works with students of concern and is a member of the university's Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and the Connect, Assist, Refer, Empower (CARE) Team. She also serves as the Assessment co-chair of the Student Experience Assessment Team (SEAT) for the Division of Student Affairs.

She joined the CARE Office in August of 2020. She earned her doctorate in Psychology from Pacific University in Oregon and her BS in Psychology from the University of Vermont.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, backpacking, fly fishing (and tying), rock climbing and photography.

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith

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CARE Program Coordinator

Laurie is the CARE Program Coordinator with the CARE Office. Her role focuses on connecting students with resources within the community and creating outreach events for the CARE office. She is a member of the CARE Team and the Academic Support Alliance.

Laurie earned her B.S. in Psychology from Utah State University and joined the CARE Team in March of 2022. During her time as a student, she served the Aggie family by being a part of Latinos in Action (LIA), Aggie First Scholars (AFS), USUSA, and the Miss USU Pageant. Laurie is passionate about inclusion, student support and success, and being an Aggie.

She enjoys food, binging tv shows, and being out on a lake.