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The Department of Psychology

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

Kamal Gindy Peer Advising

2014-2015 Peer Advisors

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Kyle Bernier

Kyle Bernier

My name is Kyle Bernier and I am a junior this year at UMD. I am interested in many different fields of psychology, but right now, I am planning on going into counseling after graduate school. I am also the president of the Psychology Club, so feel free to ask me about that if you are interested in joining! I look forward to meeting you all and helping you with any questions you have about the psychology department!


Mary Biglow


My name is Mary Biglow and I am a senior year Psychology Major. Along with Peer Advising, I am also involved with the B.A.R.C. program that partners with Animal Allies to help teach and promote humane practices to new volunteers as well as using Behavioral methods to help train some of the more difficult dogs at the shelter. Come on in and get to know me!


Chelsea Blaylock

Chelsea Blaylock

Hi everyone! My name is Chelsea Blaylock. I’m a senior here at UMD, double majoring in Psychology and Criminology. After I graduate I plan to attend graduate school for my Master’s in Social Work, with a focus on Mental Health. My goal is to become a Mental Health Professional to help those with serious mental illness (e.g., depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). I look forward to meeting new students this year! Don’t hesitate to stop by!


Deanna Draz

Hey there! My name is Deanna Draz. I am a junior here at UMD! I’m majoring in Psychology and minoring in Deaf Studies. After I graduate my plan is to attend graduate school and get a Master’s Degree. My goal is to become a counselor for teenagers suffering from mental illnesses such as depression. Outside of school I enjoy getting outside as much as possible doing things such a fishing. I'm also a huge country music fan and love going to concerts! I look forward to being a resource and helping you all with any questions or concerns you may have!


Chelsae Sebach

Hi everyone! I’m Chelsae Seebach and I am a junior at UMD. I’m double majoring in psychology and criminology. I love working with children so I would love to do that with my career someday. My favorite classes I’ve taken are developmental psychology, marriages and families and restorative justice. I love helping others in anyway that I can. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Maria Isola

Maria Isola

Majors: Psychology and Criminology
Future Goals: Work as a child advocate
Interests: Reading, Music/Piano, World travels
Favorite Classes: Theories of Personality, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Developmental Psychology


Shelby Theisen

Hey there! My name is Shelby Theisen! I am a senior here at UMD studying Psychology with a minor in cognitive science. I have found that I have a passion for helping people, and that I love kids. I am still trying to figure out what to do after graduation. I want to be nervous and scared, but sometimes not knowing leads you to great opportunities that you never thought of! So my advice to you is: Do not be afraid of the unknown because something great can come along that you least expected. Us as peer advisors are always here to help! :) Do not hesitate to stop by! 

Laura Hauglid

Hi everyone! My name is Laura Hauglid and this is my fourth year at UMD. I am pursuing a double major Psychology and Criminology, as well as a minor in Communication. Criminals have always been an interest of mine due to growing up with a father who was a homicide detective. I hope to one day obtain a job in the field of forensic psychology and work with mentally ill offenders. This is my second year as a peer advisor and I love being able to help you guys in any way that I can. Feel free to stop in during any of our office hours and we will be more than willing to answer your questions to the best of our ability!

Caitlin Whited

My name is Caitlin Whited and I will be graduating this December. I do not have a minor but chose to do 18 upper division elective credits. I transferred to UMD two years ago, if you have any questions about transferring feel free to ask me! I like to stay active and do many different types of activities including swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, and rollerblading. After graduation I plan to go to Graduate School to get my Master's Degree in School Counseling. 

Rachel Christians

Hello everyone!  My name is Rachel Christians.  I am currently studying Psychology as a junior and loving it! Some of my favorite classes so far include Marriages and Families, Social Psychology, and Gender in Society.  I am really interested in relationships and family dynamics.  I hope to go to graduate school, but am still figuring out what exactly I would like to do.  I find education to be what you make it.  It could be a degree for some or a life journey for others.  I keep myself busy with school, work, and being outside.  I love to assist others in any way I can.  If you have any questions, concerns, or a story you need to tell don’t be afraid to stop by!   


Kelsa Yourczek

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsa Yourczek and I am a senior. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in biology and plan to attend graduate school in School Psychology next fall. My interests include working with children, education, the adolescent brain and much more. I really enjoying helping out my peers and I am excited to meet all of you during my office hours. Don't hesitate to stop by!