Pscyh Friends peer mentors are pictured after the 'Freud's Family
Feud' game. In back row, from left, are Collin Petz (Freud), Liam
Heart and Rachel Carpenter. In front, from left, are Aubrie
Postma, Rachel Kloss, Casey Elkhoury, Sydney Spotts, Olivia
Palumbo, Alli Cox and Kaylee Brandeen.
A Psychology Department peer mentoring program hosted an event
inspired by a popular game show and infused with elements of the discipline.
“Freud’s Family Feud" featured a student host who dressed up as
Sigmund Freud. The competing family names were the “Id Family” and
“Ego Family,” as a reference to one of Freud’s theories.
Friends is a peer-to-peer mentoring group for undergraduate
students, led by Tessa Jordan, associate professor, who created the
group with a few other faculty members.
“We focus on increasing psychology and behavioral neuroscience
students’ academic success, but we also focus on improving students'
well-being and making them feel connected to the department,” Jordan
said. “The idea for ‘Freud Family Feud’ was generated by the Psych
Friends peer mentors as a good way to build community in the department.”
Students were not only given the opportunity to build relationships
with peers, but were also able to engage with faculty outside the classroom.
“It was really great because faculty were on the same teams with
students, so it wasn’t students against faculty, it was students
working with faculty against the other team,” Jordan said.
All students with a major or minor in psychology or behavioral
neuroscience were welcome to attend the event.