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Peer Advising

Applications for Winter 2021 Peer Advisors will be available mid Fall.

The Psychology Peer Advisors are available for virtual advising appointments during the Fall and Winter terms, from the first through last days of classes. Peer advisors are not available during spring and summer. Click here to schedule a Peer Advising appointment.

  • 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. After applying, you may be contacted for an interview with a current Peer Advisor

2.  If accepted, attend the 5-hour Peer Advisor Training, usually the day before classes start, 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.

Winter 2020 Psychology Peer Advisors

Kat Black-Mishaan

Kat is a sophomore from Chicago, IL on the pre-law track pursuing majors in Psychology and Philosophy. She has done research for various developmental psychology labs at the University of Michigan, including the Social Minds and Conceptual Development labs. She is also a member of Michigan's Psi Chi chapter, the psychology national honors society. She hopes to one day use her passion for children and psychology to become a lawyer for abused and neglected children. In her free time, you can find Kat working at the Natural History Museum on campus, reading, watching stand-up comedy, and working out!

Samantha Gellert

Samantha is a senior from Randolph, New Jersey, studying both Psychology and Communications. She is interested in pursuing a career in marketing, as well as eventually going back to school for her Masters in Social Work to become a clinician. She is specifically interested in mental health. Besides being a Psychology peer advisor, Samantha also serves as director of team income management for the American Cancer Society at the University of Michigan, and helps fundraise thousands of dollars for the fight against cancer. Her second semester of her junior year was spent studying abroad in Prague. In her free time, she enjoys drinking lots of coffee, watching Disney movies, and hanging out with friends.

Aravind Kalimi

Aravind is a senior from Troy, MI pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience. Aside from going through school, he volunteers as a part of the Red Cross Fast Program in performing first aid at various athletic events that occur around Michigan. On campus, he works in a research lab with children, who are in elementary through high school, who have ADHD to help them understand that they can do anything they set their minds to. Concerning his plans for the future, he hopes to attend medical school and achieve his dream of becoming a doctor. Aside from chasing his dream, in his free time, he enjoys working out and playing video games. If there is lots of free time, however, he enjoys reading fiction books like the Pendragon Series or the Ranger’s Apprentice to just revisit old times. He also loves jokes so please if you have any, he would love to hear them.

Aubrey Klein

Aubrey is a senior from Howell, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Asian Languages and Cultures. She is particularly interested in clinical and cognitive psychology. In addition to working as a peer advisor, she works at the Brandon Center in the School of Education, dances with Konnect, and is a member of the Center for Japanese Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board. She is hoping to attend graduate school in the future for Speech-Language Pathology.

Siya Mahesh

Siya Mahesh is a senior from Troy, Michigan. She is majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) and wants to pursue a career in medicine. Siya currently works at the Zero to Thrive Lab as a Research Assistant and helps with different projects within the lab assessing prenatal stress and child development. When she is not in class or peer advising, she volunteers at the University of Michigan Hospital as a Patient Ambassador in the Children’s Surgery Clinic. In her free time, Siya loves to sing and make Youtube covers. She is very interested in health and wellness and spends a lot of her weekends baking, cooking and creating new recipes!

Katherine Robertson

Katherine is a senior from Northville, MI pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Religion.  Herprimary interests are in clinical and abnormal psychology, and she plans to become a clinician workingwith adolescents and adults.  She is an undergraduate research assistant in the Youth Depression andSuicide Prevention lab through the Department of Child Psychiatry.  When she’s not in class or at thelab, you can find her working at California Pizza Kitchen, tutoring French, watching good TV, or spendingtime with family and friends.

Bailey Russell

Bailey is a junior from Hudsonville, MI pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Gender and Health. Aside from working as a peer advisor, she has also been a research assistant in a Developmental Psychology lab here at Michigan over the last year and spends her summers working as a teacher’s assistant in multiple learning centers for young children. She is also involved in Motley Crew Service Organization as an event leader for the Down Syndrome Support Team, working with children and families who are affected by Down syndrome. Her future plans include attending law school with an interest in healthcare law, and in her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends.

Natalie Szlachta

Natalie is a junior from Chicago, IL pursuing a major in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) along with a minor in Biology. Natalie is interested in obtaining a P.h.D in clinical neuropsychology and hoping to go into research and becoming a professor. Outside of peer advising Natalie is an undergraduate research assistant at the Life Science Institute (LSI) studying the genes involved in Down syndrome. In addition to that, Natalie is involved in Motley Crew and Michigan Health Aid, which focus on volunteering at various locations in the Ann Arbor area. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading a good book, traveling, and spending time with friends. 

Jacara Terry

Jacara is a junior, majoring in psychology and double minoring in African-American studies and medical anthropology. Her academic interests in relation to psychology lie in developmental psychology, multicultural perspectives in development, and child and adolescent psychopathology, as she wants to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist. When she’s not in the peer advising office or in class, she loves to volunteer, go thrifting, hang out with her friends and sisters, or pet any dog she sees. 

Tiffany Wheeler

Tiffany is a senior from Muskegon, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Health. She is passionate about helping others in a variety of ways, and in addition to peer advising, she is a mentor to students in the Comprehensive Studies Program, is a research assistant working in a lab that deals with substance use among youth, and is the president of Habitat for Humanity at the University of Michigan. During her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with friends and learning new things. She is a proud first generation student who intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology following her gap year working at her current research lab.

Cooper Wrona

Cooper is a junior from Pinehurst, North Carolina majoring in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. His academic interests gravitate towards organizational and positive psych which he plans to use to pursue project management within the business field following graduation. He is actively involved in the Undergraduate Psychology Society and the Entrepreneurial Creativity Club on campus. When he’s not studying, he can be found doing yoga, rock climbing, or reading all sorts of books.