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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 from the first through last days of classes:

Fall 2018 Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11am - 4pm
Tuesday: 11am - 3pm

  • 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, internship, and career options
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

Peer Advising Application & Program Requirements

Peer Advisor Program Requirements

1. Visit Peer Advisors before applying to discuss your own academic and/or career plans, and the role of the peer advisor (these questions will be on the application).

2. Shadow a current peer advisor before the current term ends.

3. Attend the Peer Advisor Training on Tuesday, January 8 from 12-5pm in East Hall.

Things to know

1. You must be delcared in Psychology or BCN.

2. You must register for Psych 308 during the term you are a Peer Advisor.

3. Peer Advising is a great experience for anyone considering a "helping" career.

4. Advanced Peer Advising is a wonderful leadership experience! 

WHO are the Peer Advisors?

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

The Peer Advising office is located in 1343 East Hall.

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 participate in an administrative project directly helping the Psych Student Academic Affairs Office and other students.

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).

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.

Fall 2018 Psychology Peer Advisors

Youstina Abdallah

Youstina is a Junior from Troy, Michigan pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) as well as a minor in Biology.  Aside from peer advising, Youstina leads a club called Miracle Messages on campus, which aims to end homelessness in Ann Arbor by connecting people with their relatives through social media. Youstina also volunteers at University hospital weekly passing out books to patients and is currently working as a scribe in an Emergency room on the weekends. After undergrad, Youstina hopes to attend medical school. During her free time, Youstina enjoys listening to music, watching TV, and reading.

Alana Barofsky

Alana is a senior from Ocean Township, New Jersey majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) and minoring in Judaic Studies. In addition to being an advisor, Alana is the co-president of The Friends for St. Jude Committee, volunteer manager for Challah for Hunger, a volunteer at the VA Hospital, and works in an Affective Neuroscience and Biopsychology Lab. She enjoys tennis, skiing, going on runs, spending time with friends and family, and plans on continuing her studies at a medical school to become a doctor.

Anthony Bokshan

Anthony is a junior from Shelby Township, Michigan double majoring in psychology and economics. On campus, he has gotten involved in organizations like Camp Kesem, Care About Rare, and Out of the Darkness. During his free time, he enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his dog, Izzy.

Nyla Hart

Nyla is a junior from Detroit, MI who is pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.  She is interested in going to medical school to become a doctor focusing on Internal Medicine.  In addition to being a peer advisor, she also does research with the Ahimsa Lab in the Injury Center at the North Campus Research Center.  In her free time, Nyla loves to read and spend time with her friends and family.

Judy Huang

Judy is a senior from Taipei, Taiwan pursuing a B.A. in psychology. She is also a transfer student from Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington. She considers counseling psychology and academic advising her academic interests and plans on earning a master’s degree in either Counseling or Higher Education. Aside from working as a psychology peer advisor, Judy is highly involved in the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP), and has worked as an Orientation Leader, Information Referral Assistant and Transfer Mentor at the office. During her free time, Judy enjoys reading, playing table tennis, learning languages and cooking.

Stephanie Kostolansky

Stephanie is a junior from Summit, New Jersey majoring in Psychology and interested in minoring in either Intergroup Relations or CASC. Aside from peer advising, she is involved in research at the North Campus Research Complex in the Psychiatry Department, where she interned this summer. She also spends her time volunteering through Circle K, is a Student Ambassador, and is in the Backpacking Club! She is very excited to get hands-on advising experience this semester and assist her peers in any way she can!

Kelly Lichter

Kelly is a senior from Chicago pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. She is particularly interested in clinical psychology, with intentions of pursuing graduate studies. Kelly has a background in teaching somatic approaches to wellness that includes the practice of yoga, meditation and massage therapy. In her limited free time, she enjoys cooking Paleo, spending time in nature and clicker training cats.

Hillary Minkoff

Hillary is a senior from Westchester, New York and is majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). Along with working as an advisor, Hillary enjoys travelling and skiing. She is particularly interested in Behavioral and Clinical Psychology, and is an undergraduate research assistant in the Affective Neuroscience and Biopsychology Lab. This past summer Hillary interned with a neurosurgeon and she hopes to pursue a career in the field of healthcare.

Fatima Obeid

Fatima is a junior from Dearborn, MI pursing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) as well as a minor in Medical Anthropology. She is part of the Multicultural Society at the Martha Cook Dormitory and her personal mission is to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community where all residents feel welcomed and appreciated. She volunteers at the Psychiatric Unit at University Hospitals and is also Media Tech Chair for United 2 Heal. Fatima has spent several semesters as a research assistant in the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, with particular interest in mental health in the MENA (Middle Eastern, North African) group and in medical interns. During her free time, she enjoys using her foodie status to bake and try new things!

Mohammed Ohid

Mohammed is a first generation college student in his final year working on his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He is from Detroit, MI and is a child of Bangladeshi immigrants. Mohammed is particularly interested in medical and educational psychology and spent his previous summer as a Teaching Assistant for the Comprehensive Studies Program at Michigan. After graduation Mohammed is hoping to pursue a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Aside from his studies Mohammed enjoys playing sports, working out, cooking, and reading.

Emma Robinson

Emma is a senior from Bethesda, MD pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and a minor in Business. She is a Pre-Medicine student and has a particular interest in science and biopsychology. Emma plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine after she graduates in May. Along with working as a peer advisor, she volunteers at the University of Michigan hospital and works as a study group leader for the University of Michigan Science Learning Center. In her free time, Emma enjoys watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Teona Velehorschi

Teona is a senior from Windsor, Ontario, Canada pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Intergroup Relations Education. She is particularly interested in Clinical Psychology and has spent several semesters working as a Research Assistant at the Department of Psychiatry and in the Department of Psychology at U of M. In her free time, Teona enjoys exercising, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, she is interested in earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and hopes to have her own practice in the future.

Ivry White

Ivry is currently a Senior originally from Chicago, IL, but moved to Las Vegas, NV this past summer. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and a minor in Asian Studies with a Japanese Literature focus. In her free time, she loves to watch Netflix (her current favorite is Kim’s Convenience) and practice her Korean. This past summer, she went to South Korea, marking her first trip outside the United States! On campus, she is actively involved in K-Grams as a Facilitator and acts as Head of Social Media for the Japanese Animation Society Club. She is also a self-proclaimed champion at Mario Kart 8.

Vivian Yu

Vivian is currently Senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology. She became interested in psychology after taking an AP Psychology course during her senior year in high school and is interested in how cultural differences shape and impact people's perspective and insights on psychology. She plans to attend graduate school for social and cultural psychology. On campus, she is involved in Chinese Students and Scholar Association, Chinese Rowing Team at the University of Michigan, and Chinese Basketball Team at the University of Michigan.