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Peer Advising

Peer Advisors can help with:
 
  • Declaring a major
  • Assessing major progress
  • Deciding between the Psychology major and the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) major
  • Specific requirements of your major
  • Planning class schedules
  • Helping you find courses that suit your goals and interests
  • Mapping out a way to fit in all the courses you need to graduate
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

Want to meet with a Peer Advisor? Click here for more information about how to get advising, including online and in-person options! 

Become a Peer Advisor

We will be hiring Peer Advisors in the spring/summer of 2023 to work for the 2023-24 academic year. If you are interested in applying, check back here around then!

Beginning in the Winter 2023 semester, Peer Advising is offered as a paid position ($20/hr) and will no longer be offered for course credit. Peer Advisors work in the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Office (1343 EH) and are supervised by the Psychology Undergraduate Program Manager. The Psych SAA office hires 3-5 Peer Advisors to work during the fall and winter semesters. Peer Advisors are given extensive training before they begin advising students, and can be re-hired to work for multiple semesters. Peer Advisors are typically junior and senior students, and must be declared as Psychology or BCN Majors.

Questions about becoming a Peer Advisor? Email psych.saa@umich.edu.

Fall 2022 Psychology Peer Advisors

Val Austin

Val Austin is a senior born in Battle Creek, Michigan and is pursuing a degree in Psychology with plans to acquire a Masters in Social Work. He has spent multiple semesters as a Group Leader for Project Outreach and has volunteered at several different organizations within Ann Arbor. His interests lie in Mental Health and serving his community, to which he aspires to eventually become a therapist. Outside of academics, he enjoys viewing and playing soccer, exploring the corners of Ann Arbor, and trying new things.

Madeline Consuelos

Madeline is a Senior pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Environment. Madeline is interested in sport psychology and disordered eating in athletes. She plans to further her education in a clinical psychology graduate program. In addition to peer advising, Madeline is an active member of the University of Michigan Triathlon Club and has competed internationally in triathlon for Team USA. Madeline also enjoys baking, walking her dog, and exploring nature.  

Helen Devine

Helen is a junior from Rochester Hills, Michigan pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She is interested in a career in forensic psychology. Outside of advising, she is the lab manager for Dr. Gordon’s Well-being, Health, and Interpersonal Relationships lab. She is also a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and trying out new restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Keion Harris

Keion is a transfer student and senior from Detroit, MI currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. He is most interested in Developmental Psychology and applied research in community-oriented settings. Outside of peer advising, he is the current Project Manager for The Young Black Men, Masculinities and Mental Health (YBMen) Project in the School of Social Work and serves as a Clinical Intern at the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) for the University Center for the Child and Family. Within the campus community, Keion is a part of the Black Student Union, M-Connect, and he is the current Transfer Year Experience Resident Advisor at Stockwell Hall. Keion plans to apply to graduate school this fall in pursuit of his Ph.D. with a concentration on mixed-methodological research in hopes to improve and inform health and social policy in order to directly impact the health and well-being of individuals within inner city communities. As a peer advisor, Keion has an extensive passion for working with students and would eventually like to utilize his degree within the fields of psychology and public health to teach in higher education.

Anna Hilles

Anna is a senior from Collegeville, PA pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is on the pre-law track and plans to attend law school in the near future. Interning for the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office inspired Anna to pursue the defense sector within the legal field. She is very passionate about mental health and volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music, spend time with friends and go for runs in the Arb. Anna is excited to be a peer advisor this semester!

Yi JIN

Yi JIN (Bella) is a senior from Huzhou, Zhejiang, China. She is majoring in Psychology and is most interested in social psychology, and she is currently working in the Mind in Society Lab as a Research Assistant. Yi is also the leader of the UMich Muhe Psychology. In her free time, Yi loves exploring new places and trying out new things! 

Allison LaMonica

Allison is a senior from Wyandotte, MI pursuing a B.S. in BCN, and she is hoping to go to graduate school for an MSW or a Clinical Psych Ph.D. after graduation. She is interested in understanding the development of mental disorders, from both a societal and neurobiological perspective. On campus, she is involved in K-Grams, the Neuroscience Student Association, M-STEM, and Stem Society. She has done research all four years in a variety of labs, has participated in the STARs Scholars program, and currently has a clinical internship at the University Center for the Child and Family. In her free time, Allison enjoys doing "grandma activities" (i.e. baking, knitting, and watching game shows). 

Akansha Pandey

Akansha is a Senior from Farmington Hills MI pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN). She is on the Pre-Physical Therapy track and is currently working as a physical therapy assistant. Akansha previously worked as a pharmacy technician for Community Walgreens and as a Research Assistant in Michigan Medicine’s Department of Urology while figuring out her graduate school plans. Outside of being a peer advisor, Akansha is also involved in community outreach through SAPAAC and is Co-Coordinator of the K-GRAMS BookMARK program on campus. She was also a part of a multi-cultural fusion dance group, Michigan Taal, during her freshman and sophomore year. Beyond academics, Akansha likes thrifting, arts and crafts, and hanging out with her friends. She is very excited to be a peer advisor this year!

Kaitlynn Sims

Kaitlynn is a senior from Montgomery, Texas studying Psychology with a minor in Sociology of Health and Medicine. After graduating this December, she plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health. Outside of advising, she is a member of Psi Chi, UPS, the Student-Athlete Book Club, and a Research Assistant for the Child Cognition Lab. After interning for an Australian mental health app in Sydney this summer (Uprise), Kaitlynn has adopted the long-term career motivation to contribute to the increased utilization and equitable accessibility of mental health resources. Off-campus, she enjoys coffee shops, reading self-help books, Mexican restaurants (not in Michigan though) long walks, pilates, cooking, road trips, and looking at puppies to adopt near Ann Arbor even though she is incredibly allergic to all animals.

Mackenzie Steele

Mackenzie is a senior from Traverse City, MI pursuing a B.A in psychology with the intent of pursuing a Master's in Social Work following a gap year post-grad. Although her major has changed a few times over the years, she has finally discovered the best path to pursue her passion for helping people: being a therapist and school counselor. In doing so, she has taken several classes regarding developmental and clinical psychology and would love to help her peers find the classes that best align with their interests as well!

Lara Thomas

Lara is a senior from Sterling Heights, MI, pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). She is on the pre-med track and interested in applying to medical school after taking a gap year. In addition to peer advising, Lara is the Childrens Committee Chair of Circle K, a volunteer organization, and the treasurer of the Chaldean American Student Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching good movies and TV shows.

Humnah Wasi

Humnah is a junior from Plymouth Michigan pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology as well as a Bachelors in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently working towards the goal of attending graduate school in order to achieve a career in clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in social and developmental psychology and has done research in social work and psychology labs at both the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Dearborn. Outside of school, she enjoys drawing and spending time with friends and family.

Haonan Ye

Haonan is a senior from Wenzhou, China pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. He transferred to the University of Michigan from the University of Rochester. He is particularly interested in developmental Psychology and research focusing on children's development and psychopathology. Aside from his work as a peer mentor on campus, Haonan also participated in the Michigan Mentorship Program and worked with local public schools. In his free time, Haonan enjoys traveling, witnessing, and experiencing new cultures worldwide!

Sarah Yoon

Sarah is a senior from Rochester Hills, MI pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and on the pre-medicine track. She is particularly interested in clinical psychology and is planning on becoming a psychiatrist in the future. Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, she volunteers at Michigan Medicine through the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), assisting elderly patients in remaining as independent as possible during their hospital stay. She is also the Public Relations Manager of Heartbeat A Cappella, the only philanthropic a cappella group on campus. In her free time, she enjoys singing, painting, and watching movies.