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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! 

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year Peer Advising positions have CLOSED. No exceptions will be granted. We received 80+ applications and review is underway. All applicants will be contacted before the end of the Winter 2023 semester. 

Peer Advising is a paid position ($20/hr) and does not offer any academic 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

Winter 2023 Peer Advisors & Schedule

Click here for more information about how to meet with a peer advisor. 

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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).