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We are excited to announce the Psychology Department will be launching a peer-to-peer mentoring program, Psych Friends, in Fall of 2021! 

The goal of Psych Friends is to increase the academic success & well-being of psychology students by connecting upper division psychology majors (mentors) with students newer to the major (mentees). Psych Friends Peer Mentors will create a supportive atmosphere where students can learn about the psychology major requirements, careers and education paths in psychology, the graduate school application process, strategies to increase their academic success, and student self-care techniques. Psych Friends Peer Mentors help create a social network within the psychology community.



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Alli Cox

Alli Cox

School of Psychology Graduate Student

Alli is a Graduate Assistant for the Psychology Retention Committee. She is passionate about the relationships formed in the mentoring process and looks forward to the development of this program. During her free time, Alli enjoys spending time at the lake or playing board games. You will always catch her with coffee in her hand.

Collin Petz

Junior Psychology Major Sociology & Political Science Minor

Collin wants to pursue a career in counseling psychology where he hopes to work with individuals to overcome depression, anxiety, and other disorders and tough circumstances. He is currently involved in research regarding the treatment of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. Collin enjoys reading existentialist philosophy, analyzing film and TV, and talking with others. He looks forward to continuing to work with Psych Friends and meeting more of you in GVSU’s psychology community.

Collin Petz

Rachel Kloss

Rachel Kloss

Sophomore Psychology Major

Rachel hopes to become a Marriage and Family Counselor in the future. In her free time, she enjoys going to coffee shops and spending time with her friends. She is very passionate about the Psych Friends program, as it offers information about the psychology program and graduate programs that she has found very helpful herself. She is extremely excited to further develop the program and meet new people through the mentoring process.

Casey Elkoury

Senior Psychology Major Aging & Adult Life Minor

Casey hopes to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy after graduation. She loves to travel, spend time outdoors, hang out with friends, listen to music, and find new coffee shops in the area! She also enjoys her work at a nursing and rehab center nearby. Casey is super excited to be a part of Psych Friends and can’t wait to meet more people with a passion for psychology!

Casey Elkhoury

Sydney Spotts

Sydney Spotts

Junior Psychology Major with Pre-OT Emphasis Aging & Adult Life Minor

Sydney hopes to attend graduate school to become an occupational therapist. Mentoring has always been a passion of hers, and she has pursued every occasion to be a part of the process. She loves the opportunity to lead others and to be a means of support during times when it is most needed. In her free time, she loves to hang out with friends and family, workout, spend time in the sun, and watch Netflix. Sydney is excited about Psych Friends and the potential it provides to strengthen the psychology community!

We would love to learn more about you. Please email us at to share a little bit about yourself and what you hope to gain from this program!