Undergraduate Program

Meet the Advisors!

The advisors in the Undergraduate Program in Applied Psychology are the key connectors for students to the university, the Steinhardt school, and student life. They work closely with students to help support their academic and personal wellbeing throughout their time at NYU. Here you can find a little information about the 2016-2017 APUG advising team to help you get to know them better.

+ Ramy Ebied


Where were you born/where did you grow up? 
I was born in NYC and lived here my whole life! I grew up in Queens where most of my family is from. I am a true New Yorker! 

Where you attended undergrad/grad school? I attended Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) and I got my B.A in English Literature. I am currently getting my Masters at NYU, Steinhardt in Higher Education with a focus on Social Justice on Campus

What's your go-to snack? I love Gold Fish because my four-year-old daughter is addicted to them

What's your favorite book? Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest /  Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Illyich / Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man / Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies AND MANY MORE

What's your favorite movie? Blue Valentine 

What's your favorite music? I love all kinds of Music. Whatever pleases my ears. However, I always find myself going to the 90's Hits 

What do you do in your spare time? I like to spend time reading to my daughter and taking her out for ice cream. There are many beautiful areas outside of NYC. I like to drive a little north and go hiking at the New York State Parks. I recommend Bear Mountain

Coolest thing you've done/seen in NYC? I think one of the best things I've done in NYC is Top of the Rock. There you can see a stunning view of the city

Favorite spot in NYC? Gantry Park in Long Island City

One piece of advice you'd give to APUG students. Extend yourself! Always seek opportunities on campus, and try things you've never done. It does not hurt to ask questions about what you may be interested in 

+ Amanda Holda

Where were you born/where did you grow up? East Lansing, Michigan, though I spent most of my summers and autumn weekends in northern Michigan near Frankfort and Traverse City.

Where you attended undergrad/grad school? I received my BA in English & American Literature from NYU CAS ('13) and my MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt ('16). Lots of Violet pride over here!

What's your go-to snack?  Coffee. Always coffee.

What's your favorite book?  I'm ride-or-die for the entire Harry Potter series, though Order of the Phoenix is my favorite. I have lots of thoughts on Cursed Child...

What's your favorite movie?  Definitely a tie between Mean Girls and Bridesmaids. Mean Girls is so quotable and really resonated with me when I saw it in theaters in middle school. Bridesmaids because Melissa McCarthy is my queen and that cast is incredible.

What's your favorite music?  Fun fact: I grew up listening mostly to polka music until the 5th grade, with some classic rock and Cher mixed in for fun. Now I mainly listen to Bleachers or whatever comes up on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist.

What do you do in your spare time? I like to explore neighborhoods in Brooklyn, travel, find new coffee shops, and watch laughably terrible movies (think The Room, Troll 2, anything on Lifetime, etc.) with friends.

Coolest thing you've done/seen in NYC?  Running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half-Marathon this past spring stands out as a cool NYC (Brooklyn?) moment for me. It's the largest half-marathon in the United States (27,410 people finished the race this year!) and being a part of that was a complete thrill. Also, the people who cheered on the runners are probably saints-- that race was no joke.

Favorite spot in NYC? A lot of my favorite NYC-spots center around coffee shops: I love going to Ninth Street Espresso and watching the dog run in Tompkins Square Park, reading in the backyard of Qathra in Ditmas Park, or getting a Viennese coffee from the Hungarian Pastry Shop and wandering around Riverside Park with friends.

One piece of advice you'd give to APUG students.  College is a time of self-exploration and expression. You will be negotiating and (re)defining who you are throughout your time here, so go ahead and take that course on Medieval Misogyny or Metalsmithing, join an improv group, apply to be an RA or Admissions Ambassador, and be fearless as you move forward over the coming semesters. You'll have an incredible community at NYU to support you throughout your journey.

+ Judson Simmons

Where were you born/where did you grow up? I was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew in in Texas. I consider myself a Texan.

Where you attended undergrad/grad school? As an undergraduate, I went to the University of Houston and studied English/Creative Writing. Right after undergrad, I went to Sarah Lawrence College (just outside of NYC) for an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). Once I decided I wanted to work in a college setting, I went and earned my MSEd. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College in New York City. 

What's your go-to snack? My go-to snack would be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate.

What's your favorite book?  That’s a very tough question—especially for an English major. For poetry (since that’s my writing background), it comes down to my favorite authors/poems, rather than books. Two of my favorite poems are “You Can Have It” (by Philip Levine) and “In Blackwater Woods” (by Mary Oliver); both poems, I feel, shaped me as a writer. With that said, I am currently reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction. A couple of my favorite writers are Daniel Abraham, Joe Abercrombie, and Brian Staveley.

What's your favorite movie and TV show? My favorite movie is probably “The Usual Suspects”; for TV, I love Game of Thrones and The Wire.

What's your favorite music? Right now, I listen to a lot of smaller “Indie” bands—Minor Victories, The Maccabees, Crystal Stilts, Mission of Burma, Sleater-Kinney, and Cumulus (to name a few). Some well-known bands I like are The Smiths, Velvet Underground, and Radiohead.

What do you do in your spare time?  Besides reading, I walk a lot. In fact, I walk about 3 times a day, varying in distance from 3 miles to around 6 miles.

Coolest thing you've done/seen in NYC? The coolest thing that’s happened to me in NYC is when I ran into Philip Levine on the street and said hello to him. I think he was fairly surprised that someone recognized him.

Favorite spot in NYC? The Strand Bookstore sticks out as a favorite spot. It’s easy to lose track of time in there.

One piece of advice you'd give to APUG students.  My advice is to take full advantage of your time at NYU. Enjoy the classes, the social aspects, and the amazing area!

One fact that most people don’t know about you… I’ve published poetry in literary journals and even have a chapbook of poetry published.