Meet our team of advisors fostering students’ success by providing meaningful resources and purposeful support in career development.
Advising in the psychology department will be 100% online in the Spring semester. Virtual drop-in hours will resume in January. Here are your options for getting in touch with us:
- Students can email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call 919-513-4855 and leave a message. We will call you back within 24 business hours.
- Schedule a meeting with your assigned advisor by using the Google calendar links in the advisor bios below.
- Virtual drop-in hours will resume January 19, 2021. They will take place Tuesdays (3:00pm-4:30pm) and Wednesdays (9:30-11:00am). Use this link: https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/92335166553
Director of the Advising Center
Dr. Dana Kotter-Gruehn
Dr. Kotter-Gruehn obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Dresden University of Technology and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Free University, Berlin. She has taught a variety of courses (e.g., Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, Social Relationships) at NCSU, Duke University, Humboldt University of Berlin and Dresden University of Technology. She is a lifespan developmental psychologist and has conducted and published research focusing on psychosocial development in adulthood.
Dr. Anna Behler
Dr. Behler earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a master’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, both in New York City. She earned a second master’s degree and her Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She currently teaches Research Methods and Social Psychology at NCSU, and has also taught courses in Statistics, Psychology of Personality, and Psychology of Motivation at VCU, the University of Mary Washington, and Queens College. Her research focuses on emotions, identity, and psychological measurement.
Trista was a first-generation college student who earned a B.A. in Adolescence Education from SUNY Fredonia and M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Buffalo State College. Prior to joining the Department of Psychology, Trista provided holistic support to a variety of students including those who identify as first-generation, first-year, transfer, students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, and students with academic challenges at multiple colleges and universities in North Carolina. She is committed to learning each student’s story, supporting them as they hone their strengths and identify their unique barriers to success, and partnering with them to develop goals and plans that will help them persist and thrive at the University. Trista makes every effort to foster student wellbeing, normalize help-seeking behavior, and advocate for graduation equity.
Mariah is a third-year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program here at NC State. Her research interests include examining the needs of foster children with developmental disabilities and the needs of their respective foster parents. Additionally, she is interested in the perspectives that school practitioners (i.e., school psychologists and school social workers) have of these children, their families, and the foster care system as a whole. In her spare time, Mariah enjoys hanging out with her two corgi puppies, Osage and Ginkgo.
Alex is a first-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Italian and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree in Psychology from Villanova University. Her research interests include risk and resilience related to families experiencing homelessness, focusing on how protective factors (such as the parent-child relationship) can bolster child and family functioning within the unique context of homelessness. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new foods and hanging out with her dog, Oliver.
Sydnee is a first-year graduate student in the Liberal Studies program. Her concentration will focus on how the effects of poverty and homelessness within the Black community affect job retention and satisfaction both short and long-term. She earned her bachelorâ€™s degree in psychology from North Carolina Central University, where she was a member of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. In her free time, Sydnee enjoys hiking and providing personal care packages to her communityâ€™s tent cities.
Victoria is a first-year doctoral student at NCSU in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology program. She graduated from UNC Wilmington with a B.A. in Psychology, then went on to Radford University where she earned her M.A. in Experimental Psychology. Her research interests include how individuals suffering from a chronic illness adopt various coping styles and how these may also influence personal relationships.