Princeton Peer Health Advisers

Princeton  Peer Health Advisers PHAs are students at Princeton University, trained to provide support & referrals for other students with wellness-related concerns or questions.

Princeton University Peer Health Advisers work to raise awareness, provide education, and serve as a resource for students on a wide variety of health issues, including: sexual health, sleep, stress, mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, and alcohol. PHAs also facilitate health-related programming safer sex program, the Sexpert Column, mental health screenings, and new programs to be designed by the PHAs. Contact your PHA by their email address found here: http://www.princeton.edu/uhs/healthy-living/peer-advising/peer-health-advisers/

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Princeton University EcoReps have a new blog: Tigers Go Green! One of our PHAs, Matthew Lee `22, contributed a recent po...
10/22/2020
Princeton University EcoReps

Princeton University EcoReps have a new blog: Tigers Go Green!

One of our PHAs, Matthew Lee `22, contributed a recent post to the blog on the connections between time in nature and well-being.

Check it out here: http://tigersgogreen.princeton.edu

Our latest blog post comes from Matthew Lee ’22, a Princeton Peer Health Advisers (PHA) for First College, Princeton University.

Did you know that research has shown that as little as 20-30 minutes of exposure to nature a day can significantly reduce your cortisol levels, leading to a less tense and more positive mindset? Learn more in this blog post!

As flu season comes up, it's more important than ever this year to get your vaccination, not only to protect yourself an...
10/20/2020

As flu season comes up, it's more important than ever this year to get your vaccination, not only to protect yourself and those around you, but also to help reduce the strain of health care systems responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Get vaccinated as soon as possible — by the end of this month, if possible! Vaccines will take about two weeks to kick in fully and will protect you for about six months.

The "classic option" offered to individuals over six months old is the quadrivalent injectable vaccine, which includes two different strains of influenza A and two separate strains of influenza B. Rest assured that quadrivalent vaccines cannot cause the flu illness because they include either inactivated or attenuated virus.

To find a location for a flu shot near you, visit vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine. For more information on vaccines and alternatives to the quadrivalent option, visit cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm!

If you — or anyone in your household — tests positive for COVID-19, keep these six things in mind.1️⃣ If symptoms develo...
10/16/2020

If you — or anyone in your household — tests positive for COVID-19, keep these six things in mind.

1️⃣ If symptoms develop, stay isolated for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared (ensure that the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and that symptoms are improving before ending isolation).

2️⃣ Isolate in a separate part of the home, away from others and pets. Use a separate bathroom if possible.

3️⃣ Take care of the individual by supplying fluids and ensuring plenty of rest. Over-the-counter medications may also help.

4️⃣ Wear a mask if the individual is around anyone else in the household or cannot be fully isolated — yes, even at home!

5️⃣ In case of an emergency, keep your doctor's phone number on hand and call 9-11 if emergency warning signs and symptoms occur. Notify the dispatcher that the household member has COVID-19 when calling.

6️⃣ If someone in the household has coronavirus, all uninfected individuals should quarantine for 14 days. Keep an eye out for symptoms.

Happy #GlobalHandwashingDay! 🧼According to the CDC, handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your fam...
10/15/2020

Happy #GlobalHandwashingDay! 🧼

According to the CDC, handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds! (Hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice through!) Lather all over your hands, and scrub between your fingers and under your nails.

During the COVID-19 pandemic especially, you should clean your hands after you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc. — and before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Use enough such that it takes around 20 seconds to dry.

As we enter the final stretch before fall break, your PHAs are rooting for you! Do not hesitate to reach out any time fo...
10/05/2020

As we enter the final stretch before fall break, your PHAs are rooting for you! Do not hesitate to reach out any time for support — or even just to chat.

See below for some tips this midterm season: change up the scenery; remember to eat; formulate a study plan; take intermittent breaks; stay hydrated; get plenty of sleep; and get some exercise if you can!

Wishing you all the best of luck!

The University is hosting its annual FluFest, offering free seasonal flu immunizations to faculty, staff, and students —...
10/01/2020

The University is hosting its annual FluFest, offering free seasonal flu immunizations to faculty, staff, and students — including those living locally off-campus for the fall semester. You must bring your PUID to the clinic at Jadwin Gym to obtain the vaccine.

Note: If you live on-campus, you will be required to receive a flu shot this fall.

Location: Jadwin Gymnasium

Dates and times:
Oct. 1 @ 12-6 p.m.
Oct. 2, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 @ 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visit uhs.princeton.edu/newsevents/events/flufest for more info.

This initiative is sponsored by: Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary; Facilities; Frist Campus Center; Office of the Provost; and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life.

Introducing our first monthly Wellness Challenge! Tag us @princeton_pha in a mindfulness-related post for a chance to wi...
09/29/2020

Introducing our first monthly Wellness Challenge! Tag us @princeton_pha in a mindfulness-related post for a chance to win one of two yoga mats! Winners will be selected and announced on Oct. 15!

09/14/2020
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Learn about Rocky PHA Maya Mishra's career interests and experiences (including with NASA!), with a strong focus on service.

How does one combine interests in health, space and service in their career? 🤔

Just ask Maya Mishra '22, who aims to become an astronaut and flight surgeon, allowing her to both practice medicine and conduct research while in space. 🚀 https://bit.ly/33wbemy

Our annual Safer Sexpo — as part of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program — has gone virtual this year!Th...
09/07/2020

Our annual Safer Sexpo — as part of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program — has gone virtual this year!

The Safer Sexpo is an interactive program facilitated by the PHAs where you can learn about healthy communication, contraception, sexual health resources, and so much more! This program is intended for folks of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Your RCA will let you know which time slot your zee group is attending together, and be sure to mark it on your calendar. (There will also be additional resources on Canvas for you to check out on your own, before or after the program.) Everyone who participates will have the chance to enter a raffle for some very cool prizes!

There are four dates offered, depending on your residential college:
Butler College - Princeton University + First College, Princeton University: Monday, September 7 @ 6:00, 7:10, and 8:20 p.m. EDT

Rockefeller College, Princeton University + Mathey College, Princeton University: Thursday, September 10 @ 6:00, 7:10, and 8:20 p.m. EDT

Whitman College, Princeton University + Forbes College, Princeton University: Tuesday, September 15 @ @ 6:00, 7:10, and 8:20 p.m. EDT

If you cannot make your designated time slot, we're also offering a make-up session on Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. EDT!

Shout out to former PHA, Mark-Avery Tamakloe '18, who started med school this week!Calling all former PHAs --  where are...
09/03/2020

Shout out to former PHA, Mark-Avery Tamakloe '18, who started med school this week!

Calling all former PHAs -- where are you at? What are you up to? We miss you.

Meet Amanda Banh `23, a Forbes College PHA.--"Hi there! My name is Amanda, and I am a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Geo...
08/26/2020

Meet Amanda Banh `23, a Forbes College PHA.
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"Hi there! My name is Amanda, and I am a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. Some of my favorite activities include making peach jam, playing the ukulele, and hugging puppies. I'm so excited to be a PHA this year, and I absolutely cannot wait to meet everyone and work to promote health & wellness on campus!"

Meet Keely Toledo `22, a Rocky PHA. --Hello Tigers! My name is Keely Toledo, a proud member of the Navajo Nation from Lo...
08/25/2020

Meet Keely Toledo `22, a Rocky PHA.
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Hello Tigers! My name is Keely Toledo, a proud member of the Navajo Nation from Logan, Utah. I am a junior in the Department of Anthropology pursuing certificates in Indigenous & Environmental Studies. On campus, I am the co-president of Natives at Princeton (NAP), a student group at Princeton University that provides a support network for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawai’ian and Indigenous students. I also enjoy music and am a member of Princeton’s Sinfonia Orchestra. I love to bead, cook, and torch crème brulee! You can most certainty find me in any coffee shop or studying at Stokes library. I cannot wait to meet you all and do my best to help you have a wonderful experience at Princeton!

Meet Johanna Linna `22,  a Forbes PHA.--Hi! My name is Johanna, and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am majoring in ...
08/24/2020

Meet Johanna Linna `22, a Forbes PHA.
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Hi! My name is Johanna, and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am majoring in neuroscience, and pursuing a certificate in music performance. I really enjoy reading, and playing viola. I am excited to grow as a PHA and lend an ear to those who want to talk, rant, or discuss health and wellness!

Meet Hunter Worth `22,  a Rocky PHA!--Hi! My name is Hunter Worth and I’m from Kula, Hawai‘i. I’m a junior majoring in N...
08/21/2020

Meet Hunter Worth `22, a Rocky PHA!
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Hi! My name is Hunter Worth and I’m from Kula, Hawai‘i. I’m a junior majoring in Neuroscience. On campus, I’m a SIFP scholar, PUMP mentor, and an emergency room volunteer at Penn Medicine Princeton Health. When I’m not studying, you can find me hanging out with my friends, skateboarding around campus, or going out for sushi (all you can eat…obviously). I love everything Disney, binging Netflix, and watching Anime. I became a PHA because not everything at Princeton is sunshine and rainbows. By being a PHA, I can be a formal support system for others who need a shoulder to lean on.

Meet Julia Stahlman `23, a Forbes, PHA.--I’m from Atlanta, GA, an Anthropology major, and I volunteer with the Arts Coun...
08/20/2020

Meet Julia Stahlman `23, a Forbes, PHA.
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I’m from Atlanta, GA, an Anthropology major, and I volunteer with the Arts Council of Princeton. I like being a PHA because it allows me to make available different resources to all Princeton students.

Meet Soumya Gottipati `22,  a Rocky PHA.--Hi! My name is Soumya and I'm going to be a junior in the COS department this ...
08/19/2020

Meet Soumya Gottipati `22, a Rocky PHA.
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Hi! My name is Soumya and I'm going to be a junior in the COS department this year. I'm from Fredericksburg, Virginia, but my parents are from India, whose culture, traditions, and (really good!) food have always been a big part of my life growing up. A couple things I really enjoy include reading, gardening, playing the violin, tennis, and watching A LOT of movies (I mean A LOT - any and all of them). Either way, I also really value listening to and getting to know the people around me, so as a PHA I'm always here to chat if you ever want to. :)

Meet Lauryn Spinetta `22, a Butler PHA. --Hi! I am Lauryn Spinetta! I am from Austin, Texas and I am an Ecology and Evol...
08/17/2020

Meet Lauryn Spinetta `22, a Butler PHA.
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Hi! I am Lauryn Spinetta! I am from Austin, Texas and I am an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major. On campus, I am the captain of the Princeton Women's Club Soccer team. I like being a PHA because I love being able to interact with so many different people on campus and being able to promote different health related things that I am very passionate about!

Meet Chino Eke `22, a Butler College PHA.--My name is Chino Eke and I am a rising junior concentrating in Neuroscience w...
08/13/2020

Meet Chino Eke `22, a Butler College PHA.
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My name is Chino Eke and I am a rising junior concentrating in Neuroscience with a certificate in Global Health and Policy. I am originally from Indianapolis, Indiana but I live in Fort Wayne. I like being a PHA because I not only get to help my peers with difficulties that they are facing but also I am able to share what I have learned with my classmates.

Meet Lindsey Kelly,  a Forbes College PHA.--I am planning on pursuing a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a ...
08/12/2020

Meet Lindsey Kelly, a Forbes College PHA.
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I am planning on pursuing a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. I am from Manhattan Beach, California and am a member of the Varsity Women's Volleyball team at Princeton. I love going to the beach, hiking, and reading. I am really excited to be a PHA because I am passionate about helping my peers have the best and healthiest college experience as possible. College students can sometimes put their health and wellness on the back-burner as they get acclimated to a completely new life and throw themselves into their academic and social pursuits. I feel incredibly lucky to be a resource for students that allows them to easily access the help they need to be as healthy and happy in college as they can be without having to take away from the activities they love doing.

Meet Roshini Balasubramanian `22, a Mathey College PHA.--Hi, my name is Roshini Balasubramanian, and I'm from Naperville...
08/11/2020

Meet Roshini Balasubramanian `22, a Mathey College PHA.
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Hi, my name is Roshini Balasubramanian, and I'm from Naperville, Illinois. I'm a junior in the Operations Research & Financial Engineering Department and pursuing certificates in Applications of Computing, Statistics & Machine Learning, Engineering & Management Systems, and Global Health & Health Policy. I'm an oboist in the University Orchestra and an active member in a variety of health and entrepreneurship groups on campus. Little bit about myself: I love watching sitcoms, can eat avocado at every meal, and get excited when I hear others talk about their passions and goals. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Meet Matthew Lee, a First College PHA!--Hello! My name is Matthew Lee and I'm from Los Angeles, California. I am a junio...
08/10/2020

Meet Matthew Lee, a First College PHA!
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Hello! My name is Matthew Lee and I'm from Los Angeles, California. I am a junior majoring in Anthropology with certificates in Global Health and Chinese language. On campus, I volunteer with CONTACT Princeton and at PMPH in the emergency department. In my free time, I listen to poetry and music, and I play classical guitar. I've recently been getting into dramas and anime (I need reccs!). I love meeting new people, and I'm always down to chat. I'm excited and looking forward to meeting you all!

Meet Annabel Dupont `23, a Mathey College PHA!--My name is Annabel and I am from San Mateo, California. I am a sophomore...
08/09/2020

Meet Annabel Dupont `23, a Mathey College PHA!
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My name is Annabel and I am from San Mateo, California. I am a sophomore tentatively concentrating in Politics with certificates in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts. In addition to being a PHA, I am also involved with Songline Slam Poetry, Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice and Nass Lit. I also love painting, documentaries and live music! On-campus, you can find me wandering Firestone for new study spots or cozied up in a coffee shop. I am so excited to be a PHA and promote wellness on campus while also getting to know members of the Princeton community!

Meet Neha Chauhan `21, a Butler College PHA!--Hi there! My name is Neha, and I’m from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I’m a s...
08/08/2020

Meet Neha Chauhan `21, a Butler College PHA!
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Hi there! My name is Neha, and I’m from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I’m a senior in the Neuroscience department, pre-med, and working towards certificates in global health and quantitative and computational biology. My academic interests include computational neuroscience and science journalism, and I’m looking forward to bringing these interests to the PHA position through working on projects to increase awareness of health issues. On campus, I’m also a committee chair for the Energy Association and the Biological Sciences Society and a volunteer with Serenity Hospice Care. You might spot me around campus scoping out new study spots or swimming laps at Dillon. I love finding ways to incorporate mental and physical health into my goals and daily routines, and being a PHA allows me to have meaningful conversations with peers who want to do the same.

Meet Ergene Kim `23, a Rocky College PHA.--Hi! My name is Ergene, and I'm a rising sophomore from the Bay Area of Califo...
08/07/2020

Meet Ergene Kim `23, a Rocky College PHA.
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Hi! My name is Ergene, and I'm a rising sophomore from the Bay Area of California. My prospective major is English, and as that may suggest, I love to read and write in my free time. On campus, I play for the Princeton Pianists Ensemble, and dabble in different sports clubs (archery, BJJ) to gain some semblance of athleticism. I'm also a part of both the News & Multimedia sections for the Daily Princetonian. I think it is essential to help other people, so I wish to use my position as a (Rocky) PHA to listen to my peers and learn from them, while giving them any support they need. I also want to help in destigmatizing mental health, since it is a topic that is very important to me. Feel free to reach out to me for any reason! I'm super into fandoms so chances are we'll have something to talk about :D

Meet Manasseh Alexander `21, a Rocky College PHA.--Hey! I'm Manasseh, a senior from Long Island, NY. I'm concentrating i...
08/05/2020

Meet Manasseh Alexander `21, a Rocky College PHA.
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Hey! I'm Manasseh, a senior from Long Island, NY. I'm concentrating in Philosophy while pursuing the VIS and HPD certificates. I'm an OA leader and also work for CampusRec. In my spare time I like traveling and cooking. I'm excited to meet y'all.

Meet Grace Simmons `22, a Rocky College PHA.--I am a premed junior majoring in neuroscience with a strong interest in gl...
08/04/2020

Meet Grace Simmons `22, a Rocky College PHA.
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I am a premed junior majoring in neuroscience with a strong interest in global health. I was born in Ghana and am now a proud resident of South Jersey. I enjoy listening to music from all over the globe, love singing, and am a self-proclaimed tea connoisseur.

Meet Megan Leinenbach `23, a Whitman College PHA.--Hi everyone! My name is Megan and I am from Orlando, Florida! On camp...
08/03/2020

Meet Megan Leinenbach `23, a Whitman College PHA.
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Hi everyone! My name is Megan and I am from Orlando, Florida! On campus, I'm a part of the rock climbing team and the equestrian team, as well as Partners in Health Engage. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, yoga, and running. I'm really excited to be a PHA this year so I can help my classmates feel safe and healthy on campus!

Have you heard of the Peer Health Advisers?PHAs are trained peer resources who facilitate programs and provide 1-on-1 su...
07/31/2020

Have you heard of the Peer Health Advisers?

PHAs are trained peer resources who facilitate programs and provide 1-on-1 support for students around health and well-being topics, including: alcohol and other substance use, body image and eating concerns, cold, flu and illness, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, sexual and reproductive health, and sleep.

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be introducing our PHAs to you.

A message from @princeton_cps:We understand that you may have different reactions to the University’s Fall 2020 announce...
07/08/2020

A message from @princeton_cps:

We understand that you may have different reactions to the University’s Fall 2020 announcement: There is so much that is still unknown, and you might be concerned about housing, money, your academic performance, or feeling isolated. We also understand that this decision and recent U.S. governmental reaction uniquely impacts international students.

Please know that CPS is available for support throughout the summer and fall, regardless of whether you are on campus.

Call 609-258-3141 or log on to myUHS to schedule a confidential initial consultation, or email the outreach counselors (http://ow.ly/R0M050At0VZ) directly.

In addition to individual support, CPS will also offer group opportunities to debrief and share thoughts and reactions about the Fall 2020 announcement please sign up here (http://ow.ly/sdht50At0US). Email [email protected], if you have any questions or need support accessing this sign-up form.

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Princeton Peer Health Advisers (PHAs) are an on-campus group of students, who are trained and supervised. PHAs also:


  • serve as contacts for students seeking support,

  • provide referral to UHS and other wellness-related campus resources,

  • stimulate awareness of and decrease stigma around health issues by implementing health promotion programs,

  • work to reduce disparities in health and wellness outcomes, and

  • help students to navigate UHS' services.
  • PHAs are knowledgeable about a wide variety of health issues, including:


  • alcohol

  • mental health

  • nutrition

  • physical fitness

  • sexual and reproductive health

  • sleep

  • stress PHAs also facilitate health-related programming, including the Safer Sexpo (FYRE program for first year students), the Sexpert Column, mental health screenings, and new programs to be designed by the PHAs. Contact your PHA by their email address found here: http://uhs.princeton.edu/pha