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The Peer Guide Program

What is a Peer Guide?

Peer Guides are Vanderbilt undergraduate students that have received wellbeing training. The Peer Guide Program provides undergraduate students a space to seek peer support and guidance. Through private, personalized peer coaching sessions, students will receive assistance in one or more of the following areas:

  • Emotional Wellbeing (coping skills, managing negative emotions/cultivating positive emotions)
  • Life Transitions (personal, academic, and social changes)
  • Personal Health (nutrition, sleep habits)
  • Self-Efficacy (values strengthening, self-confidence, self-image)
  • Social Support/Relationship Building (support and community on campus, finding sense of belonging)
  • Stress Management (stress reduction techniques, time management, goal setting)

Meet the Peer Guides

Michael Bruebach: I am a special education and child development major from outside Chicago! On campus I divide my time between Moneythink, (my favorite campus org!), Peer guides, and tutoring for the VKC reading clinic! I love reading, hammocking, and music and you can usually find me by Towers combining those three!”


Catie Rast is a senior from right outside Hartford, Connecticut, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a minor in German. When not working in one of her many awesome research labs, she loves to binge watch Criminal Minds or hang out with friends and make tea! Catie is beyond excited to serve as a Peer Guide this semester and work closely with those in the Vanderbilt Community. Catie’s pronouns are she, her, hers.


Shelley Shen: I’m a senior from Shanghai, China, double majoring in computer science and psychology. I love dancing, and I’m a member of the VIVID kpop dance club. When not dancing, you can always find me working at one of my labs, either coaching mindfulness to teenagers or designing computer games for kids with autism. I also enjoy exploring good food places and watching k-dramas. I look forward to being a peer guide this semester and connecting with my peers! My pronouns are she, her, hers.

Kate Spears is a junior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. She’s a military dependent, so she’s lived all over but graduated from high school in Ramstein, Germany. In addition to being a Peer Guide, Kate is a Tour Guide, is part of Crisis Intervention Training at Vanderbilt, and works in a research lab at VUMC, and when she’s not doing any of those things, you can probably find her spending time with her roommates! Kate is super excited to interact with the Vanderbilt community as a Peer Guide! Her pronouns are she, her, hers.


Who can visit a Peer Guide?

Vanderbilt undergraduate students are eligible to meet with Peer Guides. Participating students will form a personal connection with a Peer Guide and create tangible plans as well as strategies for addressing their challenge, concern, or area of growth. Peer Guides conduct coaching sessions within the Center for Student Wellbeing.

Hours and Scheduling

To schedule an appointment, call 615-322-0480 or email

Mondays: 3-5pm

Tuesdays: 12:30-3:30pm

Wednesdays: 11am-12pm and 3-4pm

Thursdays: 9:30-10:30am


Times are in CST and meetings take place at the CSW unless otherwise noted.

If you prefer to meet with a PG virtually, please let us know when scheduling.  

For more information about the program, please contact Jason E. Steinas at