Peer Advisors Fall 2019

Peer Advising Team Fall 2019

Dr. Sadler

Director

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Dr. Sadler is an Associate Professor at SDSU. She completed her PhD in Social Psychology from CU Boulder and her Undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Her research interests include category differentiation and inter-group evaluative bias, the formation of stereotyping and prejudice in groups and the implications for information processing.

Dr. Turner

Associate Director

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Dr. Katherine Turner is the Associate Director of Psychology Undergraduate Advising and Programs at SDSU. Dr. Turner completed her Masters and PhD at Stanford University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at SDSU in the Brain Imaging Laboratory. Dr. Turner has written papers on functional connectivity and visual processing in Autism. Her current research interests include the role of attention in student engagement and forensic developmental psychology.

Graduate Advisers

Angela

Angela is a second year MA student in Psychology, conducting research on the relationship between contextual ethnic diversity and various implicit biases. Upon graduation, she plans on working at a post-secondary educational institution in student affairs. During her spare time, Angela enjoys to garden.

Kat

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Kat is a first year MS student in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Upon graduation, she hopes to go straight into the workforce and pursue a career as a Consultant or Talent Management Specialist. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to Disneyland, and spoiling her Beagle named Bobby.

Teaching Assistants

Boyu

Boyu is an international undergraduate student at SDSU. She is a senior majoring in psychology. She is a research assistant in Body Image, Sexuality and Health Lab. She hopes to pursue a PhD degree in clinical health psychology. Her research interests are risk factors, prevention and treatment for eating disorders. She loves spicy food and spending time with her cat.  

Brenda

Brenda

Brenda is a senior pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She plans to attend graduate school to become a high school academic counselor. On the side, Brenda works in a middle school tutoring students and holds a crew lead position with AMC Theaters. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and watching Netflix series. In her spare time, you can find her in Disneyland and hanging out with friends.

Josh

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Josh is in his fourth year striving towards a BA in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change.  After Josh finishes his athletic and academic career at SDSU, he plans on joining the workforce as a teacher/coach. Josh enjoys using his platform as a Division 1 football player, to give back to the community and he is currently serving as President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year. He is also in Dr. Thoman’s Motivation and Social Identity research lab.

Returning Advisers

Bella

Bella is currently a junior pursuing her BA in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school for either Social Work or Counseling. She wants to eventually work with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse in a rehabilitation setting. Outside of school, Bella enjoys spending time with friends and family, drinking too much coffee, and going to the beach.

Cassie

Cassie is a third year pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Gerontology. She is focusing on developmental psychology and plans to work with the elderly in the health field. This is her second year as a Psychology Undergraduate Advisor and is excited to meet students and help them plan their future at SDSU and beyond. Outside of psychology, Cassie is involved in Greek Life as a member of Gamma Phi Beta and enjoys being active outside.

Danny

Danny is a junior pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He is not sure of his future career plans yet but he does wish to attend graduate school. In his free time, Danny likes to hike, draw, go to the gym, and cook.

Jason

Jason is a fourth year student veteran pursuing major in I/O Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies. He serves as a Peer Mentor and Director of Outreach of PsyMORE. He aspires to obtain a Masters in the I/O track and ultimately have a career as an overpaid government consultant. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his daughter.

Maile

Maile is a fourth year Industrial-Organizational Psychology major with minors in International Studies and Chinese. Maile plans to pursue a graduate program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She is passionate about helping other people and wants to work for a large international business. She is an active member of organizations, such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, the National Japanese American Citizen League, and the Hawai’i’s Daughters Guild of California. Maile served as the Director of Recruitment for Kappa Alpha Theta.

Makenna

Originally from the San Francisco area, Makenna is a senior and currently is pursuing a Psychology major with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She plans to attend graduate school and obtain a masters in School Psychology. She eventually would like to work with children in the special education population. Outside of advising, Makenna is very involved in campus by being the CEO of Kappa Alpha Theta and an active member of SISSTER (Sororities Invested in Survivor Support, Training and Ending Rape Culture). In her free time, Makenna enjoys enjoys going to the beach, hiking, exploring San Diego, and trying new foods. 

Saloni

Saloni is a third year student pursuing a BA in Psychology and a minor in Child and Family Development. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school for either Developmental or Clinical Psychology. Saloni is currently working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Friend’s Infant and Child Development Lab and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In her free time, Saloni likes to explore San Diego, spend time with family/friends, and enjoy a lot of time outside.

Sarah

Sarah is a senior pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She is passionate about mental health and plans to obtain an MA in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Sarah loves doing makeup and taking her puppy to the dog beach.

Working Advisers

Amari

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Amari is a senior pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She is the Community Service/Tutoring Chair of the Black Student Science Organization and is a Student Athlete Tutor. She enjoys watching Netflix, YouTube, cooking, and hanging out with friends!

Brianna

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Brianna is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. After graduating with her BA, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and wants to specialize in pediatric neuropsychology in the hopes of helping children. In addition to being an academic peer advisor in the psychology office, she is a research assistant in Dr. Wiggins’ TEND Lab. Outside of school, Brianna loves reading, running, and spending time with her friends and family.

Cindy L.

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Cindy is a junior pursuing a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in I/O Psychology. She serves as the vice president for the Psychology Club on campus and is an active member of Women in Science Society on campus as well. Cindy is planning to go to graduate school to obtain a master’s in the I/O Psychology track. In her free time, she enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and looking for new local food spots.

Hannah 

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Hannah is in her last year and is pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She hopes to become a therapist and open up her own practice or possibly do something in the health profession. During her free time, she loves to engage in activities such as hiking, biking, and roller skating or simply reading a good book under the sun.

Hayden

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Hayden is a senior pursuing a BA in Psychology. After he graduates, he is considering pursuing a MS in I/O Psychology. In his free time Hayden enjoys snowboarding, going to the beach, and going to concerts.

Jade

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Jade is a senior majoring in Psychology. She is a peer advisor with the Psychology Undergraduate advising office and hopes to earn an MSW to work with and advocate for LGBTQ+ youth. Jade loves animals and traveling! 

Jeffrey

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Jeffrey is a junior pursuing a major in Psychology. He hopes to attend graduate school and study Counseling Psychology, ultimately wanting to help others with their problems so they could get by in life. His hobbies include interacting with anyone and everyone as well as singing and listening to music. Outside of the advising office, Jeffrey is the Academic Coordinator in the Asian Pacific Student Alliance (APSA) coordinating most academic events taking place throughout the school year.

Korynn

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Korynn is a junior pursuing a BA in Psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend a graduate program in the field of Sports Psychology and also hopes to enter a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Along with being a peer advisor, Korynn is currently Co-Director of Community Outreach for the Dance Marathon Leadership Team and a volunteer for the Associated Students Food Pantry. In her free time, Korynn enjoys shopping, working out, and listening to new music.

Meghan

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Meghan is a junior pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Islamic and Arabic Studies. She is the current President of the SDSU chapter of Psi Chi and a current member and previous officer for Psychology Club. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school for Social Work and eventually work with Arab refugees.

Nathaniel

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Nathaniel is a senior majoring in Psychology with an I/O emphasis and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. He hopes to one day earn a master’s degree in I/O psychology, but will immediately enter the workforce into Human Resources after graduating. In addition to being a peer advisor, Nathaniel is also the President of SDSU eSports. During his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, playing video games, and going out with friends.

Olivia

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Olivia is a senior pursuing a major in I/O Psychology and a minor in Business. In addition to working in the advising office, she is in Psi Chi and the Psychology club. She plans to work in the Industrial/Organizational field of Psychology. In her free time, Olivia enjoys working out, reading, and going to the beach.

Saadia

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Saadia is a junior pursuing a BA in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. Saadia is looking forward to serving her community as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is the president of the DREAM Project, a student organization at San Diego State dedicated to mentoring East African high school students. In her free time, Saadia loves reading and braiding her cousin’s hair over a Netflix film.

Sammy

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Sammy is a junior with a major in Psychology and double minor in Counseling and Social Change and Biology. She is currently an intern at Springall Academy, a special education non-public school and is working to be an Occupational Therapist for children diagnosed with Autism. She is currently the Secretary of SDSU’s Women’s water polo club team and likes going to the beach and playing with her friends dogs in her spare time.

Taylor

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Taylor is a senior pursuing a career in Human Resources. She is studying Industrial Organizational Psychology. She loves being involved with the Psychology Department through peer advising and also is a member of SDSU’s HR club (SHRM). Her hobbies include hiking, cooking, and taking her dog to the beach. 

Tiare

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Tiare is a senior pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Counseling & Social Change. She is a first-generation college student, as well as a transfer student. Along with being a Peer Advisor, Tiare is also involved in Psi Chi. She enjoys the social aspect of Psychology and hopes to go into School Counseling where she can work one-on-one with adolescents. In her free time, Tiare loves to spend time with her family, friends, and girlfriend. She also enjoys nature and finds pleasure in observing the surrounding world.

Training Advisers

Alejandra: Sophomore 

Alejandra is a Psychology major and wants to earn a graduate degree in clinical psychology. She hopes to work in a clinic or mental state hospital. 

Angella: Junior 

Angella is studying Psychology and minoring in Counseling and Social Change with plans of pursuing a master’s degree and working as a counselor.

Anita: Senior 

Anita is studying Psychology and hopes to attend graduate school for Counseling Psychology.

Brittany: Sophomore

Brittany is studying Psychology in the hopes of pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Cindy K.: Junior 

Cindy is studying Psychology and minoring in Counseling and Social Change in hopes to attend graduate school to become a counselor or clinical psychologist.

Claire: Junior 

Claire is currently studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology in hopes of achieving a master’s degree and working as a consultant.

Jessica: Senior

Jessica plans to attend graduate school to complete an M.A. in Education and work as a School Counselor.

Kaitlin C.: Sophomore

Kaitlin, upon earning her BA in Psychology, plans on attending graduate school in hopes of someday working as a School Counselor or School Psychologist. 

Kailin R.: Junior 

Kaitlin is studying Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change in the hopes of pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Katie: Junior 

Katie plans to attend graduate school and work as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist in the future.

Kirsten: Senior 

Kirsten is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has high aspirations of later succeeding in graduate school in order to become a physician’s assistant with an emphasis in neurology.

Lisi: Senior 

Lisi is studying Psychology in the hopes of pursuing a master’s degree (possibly a Ph.D.) in Developmental Psychology or Law.

Maya: Junior 

Maya is studying Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change in the hopes of pursuing a doctoral degree and work as a Clinical Psychologist.

Nicolas: Junior 

Nicolas is a third year Psychology major and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Rachel: Junior 

Rachel is studying Psychology and Cellular and Molecular Biology in hopes of pursuing a medical doctorate and one day opening her own private psychiatric practice. 

Tiffany: Senior 

Tiffany is studying Psychology and once she obtains her master’s degree, she plans to open a transformational center for trauma and emotional healing.