During the first two years at SSU, most students take lower-division major requirements and lower-division GE courses. Faculty advisors can answer questions about the major, provide information about specific courses, and provide information about graduate study in psychology. Students are encouraged to come in for advising before they register for classes, but should note that the two weeks leading up to registration tend to be very busy during office hours. It is better to plan farther in advance. Students should meet with an advisor no later than the second semester of their sophomore year, or if a transfer student, during their first semester at SSU. Students are alphabetically assigned to an advisor. You can find your assigned advisor by logging into your MySSU account and checking the boxes on the right side of your Student Center page. If you still do not see your advisor's name listed there, please email

What are the Psychology Major Requirements?

Please view this video on understand the major requirements.


Preparing for Major Advising

Please view this video on preparing to meet with a Psychology Advisor. While there is more detail in the video that you should know in advance of your meeting, the key ideas are that you will want to be prepared by:

  • having looked over your ARR
  • noting any specific questions.

How to Prepare to See a Psychology Advisor


You can also visit the School of Social Sciences Advising Resources page for additional advising videos.

Group Advising

Group advising sessions are typically offered in advance of registration and graduation application deadlines. These sessions are effective for both general information and specific questions. All students are encouraged to attend at least one group advising session.

GE Advising

Students can also meet with the GE Advisor assigned to the School of Social Sciences for:

  • Review of the ARR (Academic Requirements Report)
  • Quick advising questions and referrals

See the Advising Center website for hours and information.

Advisor Office Hours

Upper Division Psychology Majors

Psychology Major Advising

Student’s Last Name Advisor
A-Cl Brassington
Co-Go Garvin
Gr-Le Gomes
Li-Pa Martinez
Pe-Sm Paolucci
Sn-Z Smith


Upper Division GE and Grad Check Advising only

Cem Burnham

Lower Division Psychology Majors

Ryan Walsh- Advising Center

Students Interested in Declaring the Psychology Major

Elisa Velasquez, Department Chair

Office Hours
Name Email Office Hours
Glenn Brassington
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Drop-In Zoom
Cem Burnham Available By Appointment Only
Missy Garvin
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Dr. Garvin's Zoom
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Nichols 324
Mary Gomes
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Email for appointment
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Email for appointment
Andy Martinez
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Dr. Martinez's Zoom Link
Laurel McCabe
Teresa Nguyen
Wenwen Ni
Matthew Paolucci Callahan
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Dr. Paolucci's link
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Dr. Paolucci's link
Heather Smith
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Dr. Smith's sign-up
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Dr. Smith's sign-up
Elisa Velasquez-Andrade
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Available By Appointment Only