UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Psychology

Meet Our Peer Mentors

 Classroom with Seefeldt

2019-2020 Academic Year Peer Mentors

Peer mentors hold office hours in Centennial Science Hall room 176.

Matt Baumgardner
Angela Boice
Devon Burris
Savannah Caturia
Ashley Challes
Tyler Kluetzman

Brianna Koop
Kelsey Mitchell
Madisyn Morrow
Drew Rassett
Renee Reckner
Faith Velez

Accepting applications for 2020-2021 Peer Mentors soon!
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Peer Mentor Application (coming soon)

Matt Baumgardner

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 MB

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Majors: Psychology and Business Administration

My main area of interest in psychology:

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Worthwhile activities I've participated in related to my major:

  • Psychology Club.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Not sure yet.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Everyone experiences the same thing differently.

Angela Boice 

 PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 AB

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30 to 10:30 AM and Wednesday 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Major: Psychology (Health Option) and Neuroscience

My area of interests in psychology and neuroscience are:

  • Mental Health and disorders, how to identify and improve coping mechanisms, Health Psychology, and how early childhood impacts mental health later in life.

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • Psychology Club & psychology internships abroad in Spain.

My plans after graduation:

  • My current options that I’m considering are occupational therapy, clinical psychology, or becoming a Child Life Specialist.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Realizing that I don’t need to be perfect to be accepted & more importantly, I can accept myself without always being perfect.

Devon Burris

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 DB

Office Hours: Monday 2:00 to 3:00 PM and Tuesday 2:00 to 2:50 PM

Major: Psychology (I/O Option)

My area of interest in psychology:

  • I/O psychology, which can be thought of as social psychology put into practice in the workplace, has been my interest for a long time. Consequently, you might see me helping out as a TA for Dr. Tubré’s I/O psychology class this semester.

Worthwhile activities related to my major:

  • I also serve as the secretary and treasure for our chapter of Psi Chi/The Psychology Club. Consequently, I’m at just about every meeting, so feel free to say hi if you see me!

My plans after graduation include:

  • I’m currently making my way through the grad school application process, so, provided all goes well, I’m hoping to continue my education after graduating from UWRF.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • My most memorable moment would probably be the first time I went to the Fall Gala and saw all of the amazing research that so many students had done. If you’re debating whether or not you should do some independent research with a professor, I strongly recommend it. It’s a fantastic experience, and one you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

Savannah Caturia

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 SC
 
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:15 to 10:15 AM and Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 AM

Major: Psychology 
Minor: Communication Sciences and Disorders

My area of interest in psychology:

  • Mental Health.

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • I’m a member of Psi Chi, have went on the Catalyst study abroad trip, and am currently a T.A for a Behavioral Statistics class.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Being accepted into a Masters Graduate Degree program for School Psychology. After earning this degree, I hope to live and work near my home town of Durand, WI.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Taking advantage of every opportunity to grow, even if it may be intimidating at first.

Ashley Challes

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 AC

Office Hours: Monday 2:00 to 3:00 PM and Tuesday 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Majors: Psychology (Mental Health Option) and Neuroscience

My area of interest in psychology:

  • Mental health stigmas as well as the plasticity of the brain.

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • Psychology Club/Psi Chi, going to department events like the picnic and the Twins game, and studying abroad through the Catalyst program.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Getting into Graduate school for School Psychology, but possibly taking a year off before that.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Being able to study psychology while traveling all around Europe at the same time and getting closer to both faculty and students in the process.

Tyler Kluetzman

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 TK

Office Hours: Thursday 10:00 to 11:00 AM and Friday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Major: Psychology
Minor: Gender Studies

 

My areas of interest in psychology are:

  • gender and sexuality psychology.

Worthwhile activities related to my major are:

  • going to psychology club run by the amazing Drew Rassett and I also am in advanced research methods and I hang out in Jody’s office a lot.

My plans after graduation include:

  • figuring out what my plans are for after graduation.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • when Drew Rassett and I dressed like professors and went bowling.

Brianna Koop

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 BK

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10:00 to 11:00 AM

Major: Psychology

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • forensics, mental health, or counseling. Not sure on my favorite yet!

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • Going to the club meetings or activities and hopefully going on the Catalyst this summer!

My plans after graduation include:

  • A graduate program somewhere.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • taking Travis Tubre’s class the Psychology of Sexuality.

Kelsey Mitchell

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 KM


Office Hours: Wednesday 8:00 to 10:00 AM

Major: Psychology and Neuroscience

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • mindfulness, neuroscience of addiction, and health psychology.

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • Psychology/Psi Chi Club

My plans after graduation include:

  • I’m just gonna go with the flow and see what opportunities come my way; whether that’s grad school or an employment opportunity,  I’m just excited to see and experience what the field has to offer at different levels.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Don’t judge a class before you take it; you might end up having a really great time and learn not only about the subject, but about yourself as well.

Madisyn Morrow

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 MM

Office Hours: Thursday 1:00 to 2:00 PM and Friday 9:00 to 10:00 AM

Majors: Psychology and Neuroscience

My area of interest in neuroscience and psychology is:

  • occupational therapy and abnormal psychology.

Some worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my majors:

  • leading research and being a teaching assistant.

My plans after graduation include:

  • going to graduate school in order to get my doctorate in occupational therapy.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • making roughly 2000 sandwiches for homeless people that live in the Twin Cities this past summer with 50 faculty members from all over campus for my student organization, the UWRF Random Acts Student Organization.
 

Drew Rassett

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 DR

Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30 to 4:30 PM and Friday 10:00 to 11:00 AM

Major: Psychology

My area of interest in psychology:

  • Health/Positive!

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • I am the President of Psi Chi / Psych club, a peer mentor, and I am getting involved in research through the Advanced Research Methods class!

My plans after graduation:

  • Attending grad school to obtain a Ph.D. My dream job would be to teach at a university.

My most memorable moment at UWRF:

  • Get involved sooner rather than later. I joined Ultimate Frisbee my Junior year and I regret not joining earlier. I only delayed meeting my awesome friends on the frisbee team!

Renee Reckner

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 RR

Office Hours: Wednesday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursday 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Majors: Psychology and Communication Studies

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • mental health, marriage and family therapy, and art therapy. 

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • Psychology/Psi Chi Club and research.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Going to grad school for a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Getting involved on campus and speaking to professors individually, even the professors I had classes with that were not for psychology. It’s how I found out about Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology (SCA) Club and decided to also major in Communication Studies!

Faith Velez

PSYC Peer Mentor 2019 FV

Office Hours: Monday 9:00 to 10:00 am and Thursday 9:00 to 10:00 AM

Major: Psychology (Social Justice Option)
Minor: Women's and Gender Studies

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • neurological and psychological impacts of trauma, psychology of gender and sexuality, and psychological development of self and self-concept

Worthwhile activities I’ve participated in related to my major:

  • I spent a semester serving as the Advocacy and Community Outreach Intern at the St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Exploring different graduate programs in either higher education or counseling.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • When I became an RA during my freshman year! It was a lot of responsibility to take on, but it really got me out of my shell and challenged me to be better! Getting involved within my hall also helped me meet some of my best friends(:

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Psychology Department
715-425-3306
151 Centennial Science Hall

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