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Meet the Psychology Advising Office

Poe Hall, Photo by Becky Kirkland.

The psychology advising office strives to provide current and prospective psychology undergraduates with accurate and timely academic information, resources, and support.  The office is led by the director of advising, Dana Kotter-Gruehn, and a team of advisors (Trista Law, Anna Behler, Alex Buccelli, Elizabeth Flatt, Jasmine Lee and Jennifer Fredette) who care deeply about your experience, not just as a student, but as an individual. 

The advising team primarily assists students with:

  • Degree and post-graduation planning (e.g., careers in psychology and/or graduate and professional school).
  • Understanding college and university policies, procedures, and expectations. 
  • Identifying opportunities and resources that support academic and personal success and enhance their academic experience.
  • Setting goals and navigating a wide variety of academic matters.

Advising is a partnership between the student and their advisor, rooted in open and timely communication. All students are intentionally assigned an academic advisor and are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor as often as they feel necessary. All new students (first-year, CODA, and transfer) are required to meet with their assigned advisor at least once during their first semester in the program. Advisors do not “prescribe” answers; rather, they prompt students with the questions and resources they need to hone their unique interests, abilities and values so they can reach their personal, academic and career goals. Through the advisor-student partnership, advisors hope to empower students to make timely and well-informed choices and help them develop life skills and a sense of personal agency that can be applied to their time in college and beyond. 

Because academic advising is a collaborative process, students are expected to be active participants in the advising relationship. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Regularly checking their NCSU email account for messages from and making timely responses to requests and inquiries.
  • Communicating questions, concerns and schedule changes to their advisor via in a timely manner (please do not email your advisor’s individual NCSU email account).
  • Scheduling and attending all meetings with their assigned advisor. 
  • Monitoring their degree progress via the Degree Audit and submitting their Pack Planner for approval through the MyPack portal prior to each enrollment period (fall and spring).

The psychology advising office, and your advisor, can be reached by email or phone 919-513-4855. Additionally, students can schedule a meeting with their assigned advisor via their respective Google calendar links in their advisor bio. The psychology advising office also offers drop-in advising each semester. This semester, in-person walk-in hours are on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. in Poe 639. Virtual drop-in hours are on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and students can find the link to virtual drop-in hours on our website. For more information, please visit the FAQ page on our website. We look forward to supporting your academic journey at NC State and hope to connect with you soon!