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Peer Advising

Apply Now to be a Winter 2021 Peer Advisor! 

Deadline extended! Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class fills. Download the application.

** All Peer Advising appointments in Winter 2021 semester will be conducted virtually via Zoom between M-F, 9am-4pm ET. **


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.

Fall 2020 Psychology Peer Advisors

Brooke Benowitz

Brooke is a junior from Las Vegas, NV pursuing a B.S. in BCN and a minor in applied statistics. She is interested in cognitive development and neurodegeneration. Last summer she had an internship in a therapy center for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She also works in a neural circuits lab here on campus. Brooke is a member of Psi Chi and off campus, she volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and the Humane Society. Brooke is planning on going to grad school after graduation and eventually work as a neuropsychologist in either geriatrics or pediatrics.

Tyler Bentley

Tyler is a senior hailing from the Southside of Chicago pursuing a double major in Psychology and Political Science. On campus, Tyler serves on the executive board for the Black Undergraduate Law Association (BULA) and as the President for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Beta Eta Chapter, the first historically black Greek-letter sorority. Tyler also enjoys singing and loves going to see musicals. After graduation, Tyler plans to attend law school with hopes of being a family law attorney.

Abby Bush

Abby is a junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan who is currently pursuing a double major inPsychology and Communications. In the future, Abby hopes to use her majors to pursue a career in Human Resources or some variation of counseling. Outside of academics, Abby spends her time working out, connecting with friends in socially distanced and safe ways, and creating playlists on Spotify for any and every occasion. Although the semester will be different, Abby remains positive that the U of M community will stay safe and is looking forward to being an available peer advisor and helping students navigate the Psychology major.

Christine Doyle

Christine Doyle is a junior from Rye, New York pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) as well as a B.A. in Spanish. Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, she is also very involved on and off campus; at UofM, she is a member of Greek life, Music Matters, and likes to volunteer with local Girl Scouts. She has an interest in pursuing law after interning at Rita Tino Law in New York, and hopes to incorporate her interest in languages and culture in her career. When she’s not in class, you can find her working at Good Time Charlie’s, working on art/design projects, or spending time with family and friends.

Alexis Greear

Alexis is a senior from Southfield, MI pursuing a B.S in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) along with a B.A in Spanish. She has worked as a Research Assistant for Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and has been a ESL Tutor with the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. She is currently a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community, as well as Brains, Beauty, and Benevolence (B3), a minority mentorship program for students in high school. She is excited to take on this role as a peer advisor and to be able to work with peers interested in psychology this term!

Madeleine Haase

Madeleine is a senior from Saline, MI pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, andNeuroscience (BCN). Aside from her work as an academic peer advisor, Madeleine has workedas a research assistant in the Department of Plastic Surgery for the past three years and hasworked on several projects and papers. She loved studying abroad at Oxford University andhopes to travel much more in the future! After graduation, Madeleine plans to pursue a Mastersin Genetic Counseling and go on to work as a prenatal genetic counselor.

Yoon Hwang

Yoon is a senior from Tallahassee, Florida pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is particularly interested in developmental psychology and has spent several semesters working as a research assistant and is currently working on her senior honors thesis in the Language and Literacy Lab under Dr. Kovelman. Yoon is involved with various psych-related organizations on campus. She is the President of the Undergraduate Psychology Society (UPS) and Secretary and Communications Chair for Psi Chi. She hopes to continue her education by going to graduate school to receive a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. In her free time, Yoon enjoys hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants in Ann Arbor, and going to UofM sporting events.

Ken Montemayor

Ken is a senior from Northville, MI majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. Ken hopes to continue studying and researching psychology after graduation. He has a particular interest in developmental and cognitive psychology in adolescents. When he's not advising his peers, Ken likes socializing, traveling, and crossword puzzles.

Brigid Reilly

Brigid is senior from Chicago, IL pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in CommunityAction & Social Change (CASC).  She is interested in developmental and neuropsychology andjust this previous summer worked with an adult and pediatric neuropsychologist at BrainPerformance & Psychology Center in Indianapolis, IN.   She also has a vested interest in working with those affected by the criminal justice system after working with incarcerated individuals for her Project Outreach course.  When she is not working as an academic peer advisor, she will be busy engaging in community service through U-M’s service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega (APO), running in U-M’s running club (MRun), and hanging with friends (socially distanced of course!).

Warda Yousef

Warda is a junior from Chittagong, Bangladesh pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing / Literature, with a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change. She is particularly interested in international law, and plans to go to law school after finishing her undergraduate program at the University of Michigan. Warda is very involved in social work. Aside from being a peer advisor, she is also working as a health educator at ACCESS, the largest Arab American non-profit organization in America. She keeps herself busy on campus through a fiery passion for creation (BlueLab), and fashion (Bronze Elegance). During her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and hanging out with her friends. Warda is very excited to be able to advise such a diverse group of people!

Angela Yu

Angela is a senior from Troy, MI pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). In addition to helping others as a peer advisor, she is active in the pre-health community (FIMRC) as well as volunteer organizations (Circle K). Angela is particularly interested in social psychology, spending the last couple semesters researching cognitive biases between different cultures. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with food, drawing, and relaxing with a good Stephen King novel.

Karen Zisman

Karen is a Junior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN). She is particularly interested in the intersection of psychology and neuroscience in a clinical setting and has spent many years working with children with special needs. Karen has experience working in a neuroscience research lab at UM’s Medical school. Aside from her love of psychology and neuroscience, she is passionate about animal activism and is a member of Michigan Animal Respect Society (MARS), and the club Books For a Benefit (BFB) which works to instill a love of reading in the youth of Southeast Michigan, as well as spark their intellectual curiosity. Karen loves cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends!