Psychology Advising

The professional staff advisor, Ms Alison Sommers , is a master's level clinical psychologist who holds Master Advisor Certification and has training as a career counselor. She is available by email contact for procedural questions, academic planning, academic performance problems, transcript review, applying to graduate school and other academic issues at the departmental level.

Dr. Judith Danovitch  is the Undergraduate Director for Psychology. She may also provide advising services in the event that Ms. Sommers is unavailable. Students may also request a meeting with Dr. Benjamin Mast , the department chair, if neither Ms. Sommers nor Dr. Danovitch is available.

Students are encouraged at all times to meet with any faculty member for questions about courses they teach, their research interests, getting involved in research labs, graduate school advice and conversation about the field of psychology. Please see the Faculty information pages.

Questions pertaining to College of Arts and Sciences or University issues (admission/matriculation/graduation status, transfer credits, advising prior to admission to the major, petitions for waivers, taking classes at another college, degree audits, etc.) should be referred to A&S advisors at 852-5502, walk-in at Gardiner Hall or the A&S Advising website.

New Majors

You are encouraged to set up an initial advising appointment as soon as you are notified that your application to the Psychology Department has been accepted by Arts and Sciences. At this initial appointment, we can review your curriculum, discuss long-range plans and career goals, fine-tune your course selection and discuss any potential problems. This is the best way to find out about opportunities within the department and to plan for future semesters. While students in PBS are never required to receive advising, it is a good idea to meet with the advisor at least annually to check on progress and discuss changes in plans or to find out about new opportunities and classes.

How do I make an appointment?

The fastest and most reliable method is to send an email through your University account to Emails are usually answered within 12-24 hours and are checked regularly throughout the day, evenings and weekends. We do not advise by phone for privacy and security reasons. Advising sessions are conducted by appointment only in-person or via email through a UofL email account.