UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Psychology

Meet Our Peer Mentors

 Classroom with Seefeldt

2018-2019 Academic Year Peer Mentors

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

Rebecca Busch
Claire Erickson
Mycanzie Foster
Samantha Fuit
Rachael Hanson
Rachel Harris
Molly Hayes
Kaitlyn LaRocco
Lucy Landaeta

Justine Michal
Mikayla Pukal
Sara Rose
Amber Schoeder
Evangeline Sigwarth
Sydney Sleichert
Brandy Valitchka
Cody Ziegler

Accepting applications for 2019-2020 Peer Mentors soon!
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Peer Mentor Application (coming soon)

Rebecca Busch

PM F2018

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

My area of interest in psychology:

  • As a double major in psychology and criminology, I am interested in the field of forensic psychology. Additionally, other interest areas of mine relate to mental health and dementia in older adults.

My favorite class I've taken so far is:

  • Within the psychology department, my favorite courses have been Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325) and Psychology of Personality (PSYC 320), both taught by Doctor Rik Seefeldt.
    Outside of the psychology department, my favorite courses have been Living Issues in Philosophy (PHIL 151) with Doctor Imtiaz Moosa and Deviant Behavior (SOCI 218) with Doctor Rich Wallace.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Eventually I’d like to obtain a PhD in Forensic Psychology and work within the court system and/or teach at a university. However, prior to that I would like to spend some time working various roles within the department of corrections.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • An experience that I will always remember is the time I spend working as a Resident Assistant during my second year here at UWRF. I have always been very quiet and have never been interested in leadership positions, so I never would have guessed that it was a position I would have even applied for. There is no denying that it is a very taxing job, but I learned so many valuable skills through the position and am so thankful for the experience as a whole. I encourage students to try things that challenge them or may be new to them, as I believe it is the best way to develop interests and relationships on campus!.

Claire Erickson

 PM F2018

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

My area of interests in psychology and neuroscience are:

  • Broadly I am interested in social psychology. My two sub-interests under that umbrella term are group and/ or leader behavior and marketing. I am really interested in how leaders gain followership and why these followers often choose to follow them despite glaring problems in the leaders’ ideas/plans. I am also interested in marketing psychology and what factors influence consumers purchases.

My favorite class taken:

  • I really enjoyed social psychology. The content of that class was exactly what I’m interested in. Also, many of the studies presented in that class confirmed my thoughts on many different human behaviors.

My plans after graduation:

  • Although I am unsure exactly what I want to do when I graduate River Falls, I hope it includes some form of creativity. I really think that I would excel at advertising or marketing so I hope to bring my psychology background to that field.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Learning to cut out negative people in my life. You don’t have to surround yourself with people you don’t want to be around. Make room in your life for friends that support you.

Mycanzie Foster

PM F2018

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:15 to 4:30 PM

My area of interest in psychology:

  • Sport or Industrial Organizational Psychology.

My favorite class I've taken so far:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325) or ENGL 200

My plans after graduation include:

  • not living with roommates and attending grad school at UW-Stout.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • was walking out of my first chemistry final with half of it blank. Oops.

Samantha Fuit

PM F2018
 
Office Hours: Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM and Thursday, 3:15 to 4:30 PM

My area of interest in psychology:

  • mental health.

My favorite class I've taken so far:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation include:

  • grad school.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • My freshmen year I had printed out my schedule on registration day, and never checked if anything changed. My philosophy class had moved rooms, so a professor in KFA took me to reprint out my schedule and was very helpful with directions!

Rachael Hanson

PM F2018

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 AM

My area of interest in psychology:

  • mental health

My favorite class I've taken so far is:

  • Measurement and Evaluation (PSYC 315) or Health Psychology (PSYC 269)

My plans after graduation include:

  • Traveling, finding a job or internship that involves Human Resources, and eventually attending Graduate School within 1-2 years!

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Working on getting out of my quiet shell by being apart of a couple organizations, meeting new people, and making friends at River Falls!

Rachel Harris

PM F2018

Office Hours: Monday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM and Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

My areas of interest in psychology are:

  • Social Psychology

My favorite classes I've taken so far are:

  • Memory and Thinking (PSYC 310)

My plans after graduation include:

  • Grad School for marriage counseling

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Getting to know the psychology department

Molly Hayes

PM F2018

Office Hours: Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 PM and Friday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • Abnormal psychology and criminal behavior

My favorite class I've taken so far :

  • IAbnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation include:

  • Working in a prison or psychiatric facility as a mental health technician to start

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Psychology 101 with Dr. Seefeldt

Lucy (Luce) Ladaeta

PM F2018
Office Hours: Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:30 AM and Friday, 8:30 to 9:30 AM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • Neuropharmacology and Neurotransmitters, especially in relation to psychiatric disorders!

My favorite class I've taken so far is:

  • Favorite Psych/Neuroscience class: Drugs and the Nervous System!
    Favorite non-Psych/Neuroscience: Immunology!

My plans after graduation include:

  • More school-I am hopefully going to receive a dual degree such as MD/PhD or a PharmD/PhD in which I will either be a psychiatrist or clinical pharmacist with an emphasis on bridging the research I do with patient care!

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Not bringing a rain jacket/umbrella to class: during finals my sophomore year, an unexpected rain storm left me completely drenched!

Kate LaRocco

PM F2018
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

My area of interest in neuroscience is:

  • molecular and cellular neuroscience as well as
    clinical neuroscience.

My favorite class I’ve taken so far is:

  • Physiological Psychology of Personality (PSYC 355)

My plans after graduation include:

  • attending grad school.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • my first Psi Chi meeting.
 

Justine Michael

PM F2018

Office Hours: Monday, 2:00 to 3:00 PM and Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30 PM

My area of interest in psychology:

  • Abnormal psychology/mental health

My favorite class I've taken so far:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation:

  • (Hopefully) getting into a master’s program for clinical mental health counseling and then working in a private practice one day to help individuals, couples, and families dealing with problems

My most memorable moment at UWRF:

  • Everyone has your back here! No matter what you are going through, the professors and your peers here will be supportive and helpful. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support.

Mikayla Pukal

PM F2018

Office Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • mental health and counseling. 

My favorite class I've taken so far is:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation include:

  • Hopefully going on to get my Master’s degree in something related to Counseling Psychology 

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • By putting yourself in uncomfortable situations, you grow the most. I would never have become a Resident Assistant or Peer Mentor if the idea didn’t make me uncomfortable. Surrounding yourself with supportive people that urge you to do the things in life that scare you are the best.

Sara Rose

PM F2018

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • I am most interested in Mental Health, and how that plays into the lives of those affected by chronic and/or terminal Illness.

My favorite class I've taken so far is:

  • Most definitely Abnormal Psychology. While it captivated my attention the entire semester, it has also taught me things I apply regularly to my other classes and in my day-to-day life.

My plans after graduation include:

  • Going to Grad School (no I don’t know where) for School Psychology.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Talk to the people in your classes, chances are you’ll make some amazing friends (especially in the Psychology Department! ).

Amber Schoeder

PM F2018

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • Mental Health
  • Counseling

My favorite class I've taken so far is:

  • Social Psychology
  • African American Literature

My plans after graduation include:

  • Graduate School for School Counseling

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Going to the psychology bowling party and getting to know my professors and fellow psychology students better outside of class.

 

Eva Sigwarth

PM F2018

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • mental health and clinical psychology..

My favorite class I’ve taken so far is:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation include:

  • going to grad school for clinical psychology.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • going on the Catalyst and traveling around Europe.
 

Sydney Sleichert

PM F2018

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:30 PM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • fabnormal psychology and the study of mental disorders.

My favorite class I’ve taken so far is:

  • Psychology of Personality (PSYC 320)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation include:

  • apply for graduate school, and possibly start working within my field of interest.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • The most memorable lesson I’ve learned here is to make friends with the people who sit next to you, in-case you need notes for future circumstances.
 

Brandy Valitchka

PM F2018

Office Hours: Monday and Friday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • clinical psychology

My favorite class I’ve taken so far is:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 325)

My plans after graduation include:

  • Grad school for mental health counseling

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • Becoming a member of psi chi and also going to the rodeo every fall!
 

Cody Ziegler

PM F2018

Office Hours: Wednesday, 5:00 to 6:00 PM and Friday, 2:00 to 3:00 PM

My area of interest in psychology is:

  • Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry

My favorite class I’ve taken so far is:

  • Anatomy & Physiology and Health Psychology

My plans after graduation include:

  • To go to medical school and go into psychiatry.

My most memorable lesson/moment here at UWRF was:

  • I found UWRF to be accepting and friendlier than High School. I have made much stronger friendships here and I also think I have grown as a person.
 

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Psychology Department
715-425-3306
151 Centennial Science Hall

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