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Psych Friends Peer Mentoring program aims 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 is a great way to expand your knowledge on all that the field of psychology has to offer and to build a social network with others within the psychology community.

Students who are psychology majors or behavioral neuroscience majors can make appointments with peer mentors on Navigate to 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.

Our mentors would love to get to know you. We have plenty of time slots available to best fit your needs. Appointments can be made through Navigate and students can choose between having an appointment in person on campus, or to meet online via Zoom. To sign up for an appointment, click on the following link and follow the steps below. https://www.gvsu.edu/navigate/. Sign up for a session today!

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Mentors

Amanda Herdoiza

Amanda Herdoiza

Junior Psychology Major

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Herdoiza and I am a junior here at GV. I aspire to be a clinical psychologist and to receive my PhD in psychology. Besides studying psychology, my hobbies include: playing tennis, doing yoga, working out, going for walks, shopping, hanging out with my friends, and doing self-care. I am super excited to be a part of Psych Friends and hope I can help and meet other people involved in psychology to make this year as positive and fulfilling as possible for everyone!

Collin Petz

Senior Psychology Major Sociology & Political Science Minor

Collin wishes to pursue a career in psychotherapy where he hopes to help individuals deal with tough psychological circumstances. He has a particular interest in applying CBT and existential therapeutic principles to those searching for meaning in life. He is currently an undergraduate researcher examining police response to mental illness in campus contexts. He also had the pleasure of hosting Freud's Family Feud for Psych Friends as the titular host last year. In his free time, Collin enjoys reading existentialist philosophy and classic/philosophical fiction, 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

Emma Fairchild

Junior Psychology Major and Minor in Early Childhood Education

Emma is studying psychology and early childhood education with the goal to become a school psychologist . She is very passionate about wanting to create safe environments for students to learn and grow as people. In her free time she loves to run, walk, bake, watch movies, spend time with family, friends, and her cat. Emma is very excited to be a part of the Psych Friends team and looking forward to meeting new people with a similar love for psychology!

Katie Bryant

Sophomore Psychology Major and Spanish and Statistics Minor

Katie is currently a sophomore at GVSU hoping to attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of School Psychology. She is currently majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Spanish and Statistics. Mentoring and serving her community has always been something that she is passionate about and she is excited to make personal connections with her new Mentee's this year. In her free time, you can find Katie at the beach with her friends, teaching dance, or attending Grand Valley's campus ministries! Katie can not wait to connect more with the Psychology department and is excited to be a Psych Friend this year!

Katie Bryant

Kyle Campagnolo

Junior Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Major

Kyle is a junior at Grand Valley State University studying psychology and behavioral neuroscience. He prides himself on being personable and easy to talk to. In his spare time, you will either find him hiking, rock climbing, or longboarding. If he is not doing any of those activities, he’s lounging around and enjoying the day.

Kyle Campagnolo
Lauren Butler

Lauren Butler

Junior Psychology and Criminal Justice Major

I am a junior with a double major in psychology and criminal justice. I am hoping to work in juvenile or adult corrections, or as a family/juvenile lawyer. My dream job, however, would be to work with the FBI. I enjoy being outside, reading, and going to the gym. I am a big fan of crime shows, and my favorite movie is Top Gun: Maverick.

Megan Hieronymus

Junior Psychology and Social Work Major

Megan is currently a junior pursuing a dual major in social work and psychology. She has also undergone training to be a mental health ambassador on campus and is eager to share some of that knowledge with her mentees. In her free time, she enjoys spending time relaxing with her friends and family and trying new things. Megan is very excited to be a member of Psych Friends and help other students learn more about the psychology and behavioral neuroscience programs, various resources on campus, graduate programs, and so much more.

Megan Hieronymus
Megan Ladiski

Megan Ladiski

Senior Psychology Major

Megan is a senior here at Grand Valley. She is a psychology major and is interested in working with children as a child or play therapist. Besides Psych Friends, she is involved in a variety of activities here including the Laker Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Campus Ministry. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hanging out with friends, watching movies, hanging with her cat, and drinking coffee. Megan can not wait to start working with Psych Friends!

Reba Koratich

Junior Behavioral Neuroscience Major

My name is Reba, and I'm in my 3rd year at GVSU. My major is behavioral neuroscience, and I have a pre-PA emphasis. Some of my favorite hobbies are hiking, thrift shopping, reading, and learning how to bake/cook. A few interesting facts about me are that I'm left-handed and was born in Georgia.

Reba Koratich
Theresa Abbott

Theresa Abbott

Senior Psychology Major

Theresa is a senior at Grand Valley State University who hopes to attend graduate school to become a licensed clinical psychologist. She has a major in psychology and a minor in both  applied statistics and criminal justice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, being outdoors, and doing small activities, such as puzzles. She looks forward to being a mentor because it provides the opportunity to meet new people and share knowledge.

 

Thomas Solomon

Junior Psychology Major & Sociology Minor

Hello my name is Thomas Solomon and I am a Junior at Grand Valley State University! I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology with hopes to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology after graduate school. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking outdoors or painting in the art studio. I hope to be able to help out the Psychology student body with their future education endeavors and I am so excited to be a part of the Psych Friends community! 

Thomas Solomon
Rachel Kloss

Rachel Kloss

Senior Psychology Major & Sociology Minor

Rachel is a Senior majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Sociology. After graduating, she plans on going to grad school for Social Work to become a Marriage and Family Therapist! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and going to coffee shops. She is very passionate about the Psych Friends program, as it offers information about the psychology program and graduate programs that she found very helpful. She is extremely excited to keep making this program wonderful and to meet new people through the mentoring process!

Alivia Miriani

Senior Behavioral Neuroscience Major & Psychology Minor

Hello my name is Alivia, I am a senior at GVSU with a major in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. I hope to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist after graduation.  In my free time I love to play with my pets, I have a cat and a dog. In my spare time I also enjoy playing tennis, listening to music, drinking coffee, and working out. I love having the opportunity to help others through mentoring. I am excited to help those in need and meet new people through this program.

Alivia Miriani
Isabelle Mooney

Isabelle Mooney

Junior Psychology Major & Sociology Minor

Isabelle is a junior here at GVSU and is studying psychology and sociology with career goals related to school psychology or social work. She is passionate about the Psych Friends program, as it has very useful information that she has utilized herself, and in helping and working with others. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys spending time outdoors at the lake or simply grabbing coffee with her friends. She is super excited to be a part of Psych Friends this year and can't wait to meet more people in the psychology community!

Psych Friends Intro Video

Check out our video to learn more about our awesome team and why they became Psych Friends Peer Mentors in their own words here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flc1wY41Swg. Be sure to say hi when you see them around campus! 

Check out our video on Note Taking Tips.

Freud's Family Feud Event Highlights

Here are some highlights from our Freud's Family Feud Event. Enjoy!

Check out this story in GV's Forum about Psych Friends' Freud's Family Feud: GV Forum Article

Group photo from Freud's Family Feud event

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



Page last modified October 24, 2022