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Peer Advising

The Psychology Peer Advisors are available on a walk-in basis while classes are in session during the Fall and Winter terms on:

Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 11am - 3pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am - 4pm 

  • Declaring a major
  • Assess progress in their major
  • Deciding between the Psychology major and the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) major
  • Specific requirements of your major
  • Plan class schedules
  • Help you find courses that suit your goals and interests
  • Mapping out a way to fit in all the courses you need to graduate
  • Discussing the Honors Program
  • Graduate school and career options
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

WHO are the Peer Advisors?

The Psychology Peer Advisors are Junior and Senior undergraduate Psychology majors who are well-informed about the Psychology majors and have received training in peer helping skills.

WHERE are the Peer Advisors located?

The Peer Advising office is located in 1343 East Hall.

HOW do I become a Peer Advisor?

You must apply to become a Peer Advisor. Applications will be available before the course registration period. If you are chosen for an interview you will receive an email message to set up a time for an interview.

After all interviews have been conducted, students who have been selected will receive emails announcing their acceptance. Once accepted, you will also enroll in Psychology 308. Psychology 308 is a graded course that will fulfill the experiential lab requirement for Psychology majors and count towards the credits needed for a Psychology major. Psychology 308 does not count in the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience major.

Applications need to be completed the term before you plan to be a Peer Advisor. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the next term of Peer Advising. You may, however, submit your application for consideration for the following term.

WHAT do Peer Advisors do?

Peer Advisors help students analyze and assess their progress in fulfilling their Psychology course requirements, aid students in planning their class schedules, help students declare Psychology as a major, discuss graduate school and career options, and go over research opportunities and options for Independent Study in the department. Additionally, the Peers also plan and organize Focus Groups and Forums throughout the year.

WHEN will Peer Advisors advise?

Peer Advisors take walk-in appointments (office hours listed at the top of page). Please note that Peer Advisors are only available during the Fall and Winter terms (until the last day of classes).

Winter 2017 Psychology Peer Advisors


Sam Akouri

Sam is a junior from Walled Lake, MI pursuing a B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN).  She is also a Pre-Med student and hopes to become an Emergency Room Physician upon completion of medical school. Besides working as an academic peer advisor, Sam is also a research assistant at a microbiology lab on campus, as well as a member of Dance Marathon (DMUM). During her free time, Sam enjoys reading, vacationing, and spending time with friends and family. 

Heidi Haas

Heidi is a junior from Fenton, MI in pursuit of a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Gender, Race & Nation and Applied Statistics. Aside from being a student and a peer advisor, Heidi's also the President of She's the First (a non-profit that sponsors girls in low-income countries so that they can attend/graduate school), and a Student Assistant for the Office of University Development's Recruitment and Human Resources team. Although she's kept busy with these two commitments, she does her best to keep up with her social sorority and professional chemistry fraternity. Heidi is preparing for a career in human resources, and so the Peer Advising Program is the perfect opportunity to practice work related to confidentiality, consulting, and personal/professional development. 

Kelly Hall

Kelly is a senior from Livonia, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Writing. She is particularly interested in Organizational Psychology and consumer behavior. In addition to completing marketing research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, she spent most of her time on campus at The Michigan Daily, where she was a football beat writer and senior editor. Upon graduation, Kelly will be working as a consumer behavior analyst. She is looking forward to helping her peers this semester!

Emily Harmon

Emily is a senior from Ann Arbor, MI pursuing a dual major in Psychology, with an emphasis on Organizational Psychology, as well as Communications Studies. Within the psychology department, Emily serves as the current Vice President of the Michigan chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology. She is particularly interested in Human Resources and is involved with the Society for Human Resource Management outside of working as a peer advisor. She is also extremely passionate about dance and is the current executive director of Cadence Dance Company here on campus. Emily will be continuing her human resources career post-graduation and is very excited about giving back to the psychology department and working with peers this semester!

Brooke Hornstein

Brooke is a senior from Manalapan, NJ, double majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies. She is really interested in the fashion and beauty industries and hopes to pursue a career in marketing or public relations. On campus, Brooke works at the Ginsberg Center as a building manager and is involved in the Greek community. In her free time, Brooke enjoys reading, watching TV, and art.

Eric Hur

Eric is a senior from Canton, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. He is particularly interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the intersectionality of Psychology across disciplines, and its implications in everyday life. Upon graduation Eric hopes to work in Human Resources to integrate his academic interests with his passion for customer service. In his free time Eric enjoys drinking green tea, watching beauty and lifestyle vlogs, reading reviews, and gaining product knowledge.      

Monica McCoskey 

Monica is a junior from Farmington Hills, MI pursuing a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is passionate about developmental psychology and plans to attend Law School with interests surrounding family, juvenile, and health/safety-related law. In addition to her role as a peer advisor, Monica is President of the Undergraduate Psychology Society and a member of various organizations on campus. In her spare time, you can find her watching Law and Order SVU and exploring Ann Arbor with friends. 

Rachael Moreton

Rachael is a senior from Algonac, MI pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business.  Outside of the classroom, she is involved with the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business. She enjoys exercising, boating, and spending time with her friends and family. After graduation, Rachael will begin her career at KPMG in management consulting. In a few years, she hopes to get a MBA and explore her interest in organizational behavior.

Kelly O’Donnel

Kelly is a senior from South Lyon, MI pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Gender and Health. She is particularly interested in stress and trauma-related psychopathology, and holds research positions at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Rachel Upjohn ambulatory psychiatry hospital, and the Military Support Programs and Networks center.  She previously held clinically oriented positions at the University Health Systems Childcare Center and the Ann Arbor Spectrum Center, and her outside involvements include local and national leadership roles with the American Cancer Society, membership in campus Greek Life, and professional cake decorating. Kelly is hoping to gain admission to a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, beginning next fall! 

Rachel Pinkelman

Rachel is a senior from the Bay Area in California. She is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and hopes to eventually become a licensed psychologist, specializing in Marriage/Family Counseling. Rachel has been involved in many aspects of student life at the University of Michigan, from her sorority to her job at the Campus Information Center. In her free time, Rachel loves traveling while also spending her last semester soaking up all that Ann Arbor and U of M have to offer!

Rachel Piper

Rachel is a senior from Hartland, Michigan pursuing a degree in Psychology, along with minors in Mathematics, Music, and Community Action and Social Change (CASC). Within Psychology, Rachel is most interested in social and clinical psychology. She plans on attending the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan next fall to pursue her MSW in interpersonal practice. Aside from academic advising, Rachel is the Secretary of the Women’s Glee Club, an organization that allows her to share her passion for music across campus.

Romina Potter

Romina is from Ann Arbor, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Program in the Environment and Italian, encouraged by her Italian heritage. In addition to being a peer advisor, she is actively involved with the Barger Leadership Institute and you may see her around giving campus tours to prospective students and their families for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Romina also loves to travel, which is what influenced her to volunteer and teach English abroad in Mexico and Cambodia during two summers. After graduation though, she will be a Business Analyst in Merchandising at Meijer's headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Haley Rough

Haley is a junior from Niles, MI pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Health in the Women's Studies department. Aside from working as a peer advisor, Haley is the Communications Intern at the Edward Ginsberg Center and the President of HeForShe at UMich, a club promoting gender equality. She enjoys going to baseball games, reading, and baking in her free time. 

Eden Shulruff

Eden is a senior from Chicago, IL with a major in Psychology and a minor in Digital Studies. She is very interested in combining theories in Psychology with consumerism, and plans to pursue a career in the Marketing and Advertising industry. She spent the previous semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributing to her love for travel, meeting new people, and opening herself up to new experiences. In her free time, she enjoys photography, videography, and being in the outdoors. Eden is super excited to help out students that were once just as confused as she was!

Lindsay  Smith

Lindsay is a senior from Highland, MI pursuing a double major in Psychology and Economics. She is particularly interested in organizational psychology, and aspires to hold a career in management. On campus, she is involved in Greek Life and shows her support for Michigan Athletics as president of the Maize Rage, the Michigan Basketball Student Section. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys trying out new recipes and spending time with friends and family.

Sammi Warzniak

Sammi is a junior from San Diego, CA pursuing a major in Psychology. She has particular interests in both organizational psychology and areas of psychopathology specializing in addiction and substance abuse. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in one of these fields. In addition to peer advising, Sammi serves as a research assistant for the Michigan Longitudinal Study at the UM Addiction Center and volunteers as a mentor at Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights, MI. She is also extremely passionate about boxing and is a second year member and social chair of the University of Michigan Boxing Club.

Julie Zheng

Julie is a junior from New York City, double majoring in Communications and Psychology. She is particularly interested in pursuing a future in marketing but also has interests in organizational psychology.  Aside from being a peer advisor in the psychology department, she is also a member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for the University of Michigan Chapter.  This year, she is working with the AAF team to design a 2018 marketing campaign for Taipei Frozen Foods. Off campus, Julie has a passion for food and enjoys cooking, shopping for groceries, and concocting new recipes. Julie is not only excited to work with her peers this semester to learn more about what the psychology department can offer students, but she also looks forward to discovering new things about herself.