Peer Advising Team Fall 2018

Dr. Sadler


Dr. Melody Sadler smiling in front of a tree.

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

Close-up of Dr. Turner smiling.

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


Emily Lydston with the bay in the background

Emily is a second year MS student in the Program Evaluation track at SDSU. In addition to her role as Graduate Assistant in the Psychology Peer Advising office, she conducts research on sexual violence and interns at the Institute for Public Health. When she’s not working on her thesis or making schedules for the advising office she can be found eating Chipotle, napping, or talking to her cat, Charlie.


Close-up of Cassie Cala smiling.

Cassie is a first year MA student whose goal is to enter Clinical Psychology program at the doctoral level. She is interested in researching at-risk youth and post-traumatic growth. She will always be seen in gym clothes, and loves food from a variety of cultures.


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Kalina is a first year MA student whose goal is to enter a Clinical Psychology PhD program upon completion of her program at SDSU. She is interested in researching the relationship of religion and health in sexual minority populations.


Teaching Assistants


Close-up of Shaan smiling.

Shaan  is a senior graduating in May. She is an RA at the Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety at SDSU and is going to be completing her Honor’s Thesis this year on Hostile Attribution Biases in children. She is Executive Vice President for Mortar Board National Honor Society and Chief of Marketing for PsyMORE, a mentoring and outreach program for psychology students. In her free time she likes to sleep, read, write, travel, and (attempt to) learn how to do fun things like surf or play ukulele.


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Jenn is a senior psychology major with a minor in interdisciplinary studies. Along with working in the advising office, she is a member of the Weber Honors College, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Sorority. She enjoys reading, hiking, going to the beach, and doing yoga. She volunteers for San Diego Youth Services at their night shelter, and aspires to work with youth. She plans to get her Masters in Social Work.


Close-up of Logan smiling.

Logan is a San Diego native and a senior majoring in Psychology at SDSU. He is interested in working with college students and helping them transition into University life smoothly. He has been active in the community college district helping transfer students become proactive about their education. He hopes to go on to graduate school to earn a Masters degree in Counseling. In his free time he enjoys playing music, reading, and people watching.

Working Advisers


Close-up of Marissa smiling.

Marissa is a senior at San Diego State graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After taking a year off to gain relevant work experience, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in school counseling with LPCC eligibility from the University of San Diego. In her free time, Marissa enjoys eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, working as a server at Applebee’s, and watching football and basketball with her family.


Close up of Charlie.

Born and raised in San Diego, Charlene Reed is currently a fourth year student finishing a Bachelor’s in Psychology and plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Although she is unsure of what career to pursue, Charlene’s ultimate goal is to be in a position to help as many people as possible, particularly in a Hospital or Clinic setting working primarily with under-served groups. In her spare time she enjoys photography, video games, and exploring San Diego’s food scene.


Close-up of Aysha wearing a blue hat.

Aysha Davis is a senior majoring in psychology at SDSU getting ready to graduate this semester. Her future goals include a potential PsyD in Counseling Psychology or an LMFT degree. She is passionate about working with underprivileged children and hopes to one day own a private practice and a possible orphanage that takes a psychodynamic approach for children in the foster system. Aysha is very active in her community, she currently works in the Completion Program at San Diego City College, she volunteers at Cyber Cafe (a resource center for older citizens) and takes part in a variety of honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, Phi Kappa Phi, Upsilon Kappa Delta and Psi Chi. When not busy, Aysha spends her time drawing, singing, knitting/crocheting or taking part in outdoor activities such as bike riding and hiking.  


Close-up of Amanda.

Amanda Whiteley is a senior majoring in psychology at SDSU. She enjoys working as a student research assistant in a health psychology lab under Dr. Vanessa Malcarne and Dr. Georgia Sadler, and she also enjoys conducting her own research projects. Amanda’s love of children inspired her to nanny and volunteer at the San Diego Youth Services Transitional Housing center. Amanda has been accepted into the School Psychology Program here at SDSU and will soon be a double Aztec. During her free time Amanda enjoys going on as many adventures as she can with her friends.


Full body shot of Rikk in his living room.

Rikk is a graduating senior majoring in psychology at SDSU. Once graduated, he plans on taking a year off to prepare for the GRE and apply to graduate school. He hopes to get accepted into SDSU’s MFT program and aspires to help teens who are going through their parents’ divorce. When not at school you can catch him playing drums for two local bands, They Feed at Night and JASONxVOORHEES. In his free time, Rikk enjoys  listening to way too much music and being avid Deadpool fan.


Close-up of Casey smiling.

Hailing from the local San Diego suburb of Scripps Ranch, Casey Aguinaldo is a junior Psychology major at SDSU. He plans on pursuing a graduate education in Counseling Psychology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed psychologist or therapist. In addition to being a peer adviser, Casey is a member of Psi Chi, a student assistant in the Special Collections department of the SDSU library, and a proud brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, golf, and a good sandwich.


Close-up of Taylor with a tree in the background.

Taylor Lemker is a junior (3rd year student) at SDSU. She is majoring in Psychology with an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. After graduating in 2017, Taylor plans on entering a Master’s Program for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. In her free time, she can be found playing Spikeball or watching Friday Night Lights.


Blair smiling with stairs in the background.

Blair Roussos is a second-year student here at SDSU and is majoring in Psychology, minoring in Spanish. She is originally from Park City, UT but is enjoying acclimating to the beach lifestyle. She plans on pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When Blair is not advising students or in class she is crocheting small animals. Blair is a pug fanatic and hopes to own her own (or 15)pugs in the future. She enjoys discussing life and bothering Dr. Turner in her free time.


Close-up of Adoril smiling with bushes in the background.

Adoril immigrated to the United States as a child, and moved to San Diego in the summer of 2014 for college. He is a second-year student at SDSU, pursuing two majors in psychology and business, with a minor in Spanish. An ambitious individual, Adoril has a dream of attending graduate school in the field of industrial-organizational psychology. He will be the first one in his family to get a college degree. Outside of his academics, Adoril likes to spend time with his friends, read, go to the beach, learn about different cultures and languages, and watch videos on Netflix and YouTube.


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Gaby is a senior at SDSU majoring in psychology with a minor in Spanish. After graduating she plans to take time off to gain insightful experience which she hopes will help her determine her future goals as she is considering pursuing a graduate degree in Neuropsychology. She is currently working in the AIM HI study at  the Children and Adolescent Services Research Center near Rady Children’s Hospital. Besides advising, Gaby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as exploring new places to hike with her dogs Oso and Brownie.


Close-up of Shannon smiling, with a car seat in the background.

Shannon is a senior psychology major with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies through the Weber’s Honors College. She is passionate about research and currently works as a research assistant at the Center for Healthy Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease with Dr. Gilbert. Shannon is interested in researching neurodegenerative diseases, aging and memory. When she graduates in Fall of 2016, she will be applying to Clinical Neuropsychology programs. She is part of the IMSD program, funded by the National Institute of Health. She is also the current Director of Outreach for PsyMORE, a program on campus that mentors Psychology students. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her husband and their two mini-dachshunds. Shannon’s hobbies include running, cooking, hiking, reading and going to music festivals.


Close-up of Kate smiling with leaves in the background.

Born and raised in San Diego, Kate earned her Associate’s Degree for Transfer at San Diego Mesa College. She has also earned her certification as a Registered Behavior Technician. Kate is now a Senior at SDSU and is majoring in Psychology. She aspires to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, although she loves her current job as a Behavior Interventionist for children. When she isn’t working, going to classes, or advising Undergraduate Psychology students, Kate enjoys obsessing over Pinterest, spending hours sipping coffee while perusing through Barnes and Noble, and attempting to perfect the art of melting Feta cheese.


Close-up of McKenzie smiling.

McKenzie is a 3rd year Psychology major and Women’s Studies minor. She plans to pursue a master’s degree and do work with eating disorders therapy and/or research, along with advocacy. Time away from school is filled with crossfit, hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, watching Green Bay Packers football, and lots of good food and great friends.


Close-up of Shafiq smiling.

Shafiq is a senior at San Diego State University. He has lived his whole life in San Diego, and he always knew he would attend S.D.S.U. After finishing his undergraduate degree Shafiq plans to attend graduate school to become a Marriage & Family Therapist. Besides being an undergraduate advisor, Shafiq serves as an E.O.P mentor guiding underprivileged first generation students through their journey at S.D.S.U. During his free time he likes to explore San Diego cuisine, watch movies, and go camping.


Close-up of Lauren smiling with a hand on her hip.

Lauren is a senior majoring in psychology. She is a member of Psi Chi and psychology club, as well as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She works in Dr. Terry Cronan’s Health Outcomes Lab. When she graduates she intends to get a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and pursue a career in that field. Lauren enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, making her own jewelry, and listening to 70’s music.


Jasmine smiling, leaning against a wall.

Jasmine is a currently a senior at SDSU. She is the Administrator of EQ360, a member of Psi Chi, and volunteers with special needs children at the elementary school level. After graduating, Jasmine plans to pursue an MFT degree possibly at SDSU or at the University of Maryland. Her hobbies include painting, writing, and dancing.


Anna making an impression of the background picture of Audrey Hepburn.

Originally from Michigan, Anna followed her family to San Diego and is now graduating from SDSU in December 2016 with a major in psychology and a minor in Statistics. Based on her love for research as well as a strong desire to teach, she plans to pursue a degree in I/O Psychology, possibly a PhD. In her free time, Anna enjoys working at Snooze (a breakfast eatery), hiking and exploring new areas as well as spending time with her loved ones.

Training Advisers


Class Status: Junior

Plans to enter graduate school to pursue a career in the subfield of Forensic Psychology.


Class Status: Junior

Her future goals are to obtain a masters degree to pursue a career as an academic adviser at a community college.


Class Status: Junior.

Plans to obtain a degree in Law and pursue a career as an attorney.


Class Status: Senior

Plans to earn an Ed.S in School Psychology at SDSU and become a School Psychologist, working primarily in elementary schools.


Class Status: Senior

Plans on attending graduate school in the future and hopes to work in the Industrial/Organizational Field upon graduation next year.


Class Status: Junior

Plans on applying to the I/O masters program at SDSU and his future goal is to eventually work in the business sector.


Class Status: Junior

Her future career goal is to get a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology.


Class Status: Junior

Plans to become a Health Psychologist.


Class Status: Junior

Plans to pursue a career in Clinical Social Work or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.


Class Status: Senior

Plans in entering graduate school as he is interested in pursuing a degree in I/O Psychology.