Psychology Student Ambassadors

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Psychology Student Ambassadors are an enthusiastic and diverse group of students selected to represent the department in various activities and capacities. Student Ambassadors welcome prospective and new psychology students, encourage student engagement in the department, and facilitate student-faculty interaction.

2022-2023 Student Ambassadors

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Amnah Ali
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Amnah Ali | ali.837@osu.edu

Hello everyone! I am a second year from Cleveland, Ohio and I’m a Psychology major on the pre-med track. After undergrad, I plan to go to medical school. Outside of the Psychology department, I am a RA and a peer access line volunteer which is a non-emergency talk line that lets students engage in brief phone conversations in order to gain support and learn about campus resources. I am also a member of the MSA and PASA. In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends, play tennis, travel, and try new coffee shops! I love meeting new people so please reach out! I will be happy to answer any of your questions and chat with you! 

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Kristen Bell
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Kristen Bell | bell.1665@osu.edu

Hey everyone! I am a third year from Dayton, Ohio pursuing a Psychology BA degree with minors in Spanish and Sociology. After graduating, I plan to pursue either a Master’s or PsyD degree to become a specialized psychologist. I’m very interested in the connection between Psychology and the justice system, so Forensic Psychology might be the path I follow! Outside of being an ambassador, I am involved in the Health Sciences Scholars Program, OSU Club Swimming, Psychology Club, BuckeyeThon, and work at the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office. In my free time, I love spending time with friends, working out, binge-watching TV shows, and swimming! I always enjoy meeting new people, so if you have any psych-related questions, are curious about any of my other involvements, or want to chat about anything, feel free to reach out!

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Sim Bhola
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Simran Bhola | bhola.7@osu.edu

Hello! I am a fourth year Psychology major in the honors program, minoring in substance misuse and addiction. I am a research assistant in quite a few places such as the Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for Veterans, Wexner Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program, the mindfulness lab, the attitudes and social cognition lab, and a few more. I hope to attend graduate school for a PhD in clinical Psychology with a focus on substance abuse prevention and intervention, and I am also interested in the growth of digital mental health. If anyone needs guidance getting involved in research, applying to graduate school, or just wants to chat, please feel free to email me!

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Abi Leasure
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Abi Leasure | leasure.73@osu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a fourth year from Hilliard, Ohio (which is about 15 minutes from campus). In addition to studying Psychology, I am minoring in Human Development and Family Science. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I would especially love to work with children and adolescents! Aside from being a Psychology Student Ambassador, I am involved with Prep Scholars Mentorship Club and BuckeyeThon. When I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time with friends, trying different workout classes at the RPAC, watching TV shows / having movie nights, finding new food and coffee places to try, and reading (I’m always open to book recommendations if you have any). I love meeting new people and making new friends so if you ever have any questions or just want to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Tahj Linton
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Tahj Linton | linton.85@osu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a fourth year pursuing the Bachelor of Arts Psychology Degree with a double minor in Public Policy, specializing in education policy, & Theatre, and I am from Hightstown, New Jersey. Outside of being a Psychology Ambassador, I am involved in the Undergraduate Student Government, Black Students in Psychology, an undergraduate representative on the department's DEI Task Force, a Morrill Scholar, and currently working at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. I hope to work within state or federal government in introducing more mental health education and resources for adolescents, especially those in marginalized communities, while introducing more equitable, inclusive, and accurate curriculum within the education system. I may also pursue acting which is something I enjoy. Outside of school, I love spending time with my close friends, listening to music (my favorite artist is Adele), watching my favorite show, Friends, talking to my family and dog from home, or travelling and trying new restaurants from all around. I look forward to the year ahead getting to know more of the incoming class and hopefully be a resource for you all.

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Emily Testa
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Emily Testa | testa.76@osu.edu

Hello everyone! I am a third year from Akron, Ohio with minors in Sociology and HDFS. After graduating from OSU, I hope to go to graduate school and become a medical family therapist. On campus, I am involved with the Humanities Scholars, H2O Church, and Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide. Outside of school, I love music, exploring Columbus and campus, and being with friends. If you would ever like to talk to me about anything, OSU related or not, feel free to reach out! I love meeting new people and would love to get to know you and help you out however I can!

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Ashley Turner
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Ashley Turner | turner.1650@osu.edu

Hello! I am from the Cincinnati, OH area. I am a fourth year at OSU, double majoring in Psychology and Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources. I am hoping to find a role within the Human Resources field upon my graduation next spring. Apart from Psychology Ambassadors, I am also a member of Studio Dance at OSU, where I attend weekly dance classes and perform with my team at the end of each semester! Outside of school, I enjoy dance, reading, sitcoms, walks, coffee runs, and spending time with my friends and family. I am so excited to be a Psychology Student Ambassador this year and encourage anyone to reach out with any questions or to chat!

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Cydney Russell
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Cydney Russell | russell.1402@osu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a fourth year from Mount Vernon, Indiana. I started college at the University of Southern Indiana and transferred to Ohio State last spring. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Science. I’ve been at Ohio State for more than a year now and will be graduating in Spring 2023. After graduating, I plan to pursue a Master of Arts in Counselor Education, planning to work with children, adolescents, and their families. Outside of being a psych ambassador, I am involved in Project Sunshine, the Psychology Book Club, and work at a pediatric doctor’s office. I love hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, reading, watching true-crime documentaries, exploring the outdoors, and playing with my dog outside of school. I would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have! Please reach out anytime you’d like to chat! 

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Phoebe Uttermohlen
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Phoebe Uttermohlen | uttermohlen.2@osu.edu

Hi everyone! I’m from Hilliard, Ohio, which is a suburb of Columbus. I’m a third year on the pre-law track with a minor in Child Abuse and Neglect. After graduation, I would like to go to law school so that I may work in family or juvenile law. Outside of my role as a Psychology ambassador, I am a member of DHOSU: Ohio State’s deaf-hearing club. Some other interests of mine include social justice advocacy and Deaf Culture/Community/ASL. In my free time, I like to work out, play with my cats, get coffee, go plant shopping (or go shopping in general), hang out with my friends, and spend time outside. If you have any questions, or even just want to have a familiar face on campus– please feel free to reach out! I’d love to grab coffee and chat.

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Kathryn Wood
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Kathryn Wood | wood.1443@osu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a third year from Lucasville, Ohio and I will be graduating spring 2023. After graduation I will be pursuing a Master’s degree in School Psychology. I eventually want to work with children from underprivileged communities and I am hoping to be part of the student support system in educational settings. In addition to being a student, I work part time at the University Flower Shop where I am a floral designer and get to make the bouquets/arrangements. On campus I am involved in Block O, Positive Psychology Club, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Reading Group in the Psychology Department. In my free time I am a TBDBITL enthusiast, and I love going to the group fitness classes offered at our recreational centers, watching OSU sporting events, and getting Buckeye Donuts with my friends. I use a lot tutoring/success services on campus and switched to being a Psychology major my freshman year so I have had to ask a lot of questions and I would be delighted to be a service to you. If you ever have any questions or just want to meet someone new, please do not hesitate to reach out.