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The Department of Psychology

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

Kamal Gindy Peer Advising

2014-2015 Peer Advisors

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

Chelsea Blaylock

Chelsea Blaylock


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!

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 junior year at UMD. I started out with a major in Psychology and a minor in Communications, but recently switched to a double major in Psychology and Criminology. 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. Outside of school, I am one of the head coaches of the Duluth Marshall Dance Team. I’ve been involved in dance ever since I can remember, so it’s great to be able to give back by coaching. I look forward to helping all of you out as best as I can, don’t be afraid to stop by and ask questions!


Caitlin Whited

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!