UCS

Staff Directory

Administrative Team

Julie PearceJulie Pearce, Psy.D.
Director

Julie Pearce received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Whittier College and her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Biola University. As a first-generation college student who struggled academically during her undergraduate years until finding mentorship and support, she is aware of the unique challenges, as well as the transformative impact, that higher education can have.  Her career has been devoted to collegiate mental health and she is committed to UCS being an accessible and welcoming environment for students that is inclusive and affirming of individual and cultural diversity.  She has considerable experience working with students in the areas of adolescent and young adult development, trauma, relational and family problems, applied sport psychology, and the integration of spirituality, religion and psychology.

Anne EipeAnne Eipe, Ph.D.
Assistant Director and Clinical Coordinator

Anne Eipe received her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She is the Clinical Coordinator at University Counseling Services.  Anne’s clinical interests include disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, multicultural issues, and building self-esteem.  She also has an interest in working with international students.  Anne has considerable experience providing urgent care/crisis services to students and facilitating suicide prevention training (QPR – Question, Persuade, and Refer) throughout the campus community.

Pat Alford-KeatingPat Alford-Keating, Ph.D., ABPP
Assistant Director and Coordinator of Training

Pat Alford-Keating received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University.  She has a passion for training future psychologists.  She is committed to culturally competent therapy for all students.  This includes considerable experience working with LGBTQIA clients.  Other specialty areas include writer’s block, couples therapy and group therapy.  As a generalist, she enjoys working with clients experiencing a broad-range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family problems, ADHD, trauma, and disordered eating.

 

Counselors & Psychologists

Daniel AlonzoDaniel J. Alonzo, Psy.D.

Daniel received this Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, his first Master's degree from Arizona State University, a second Master's degree from CSUN, and his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate University.  He is licensed in California both as a psychologist and as a marriage and family therapist.  In addition to his work as a general clinician within University Counseling Services, Daniel also serves as the liaison for Men's Issues on campus.  His clinical interests include working with men's concerns, issues around sexuality and sexual health, sex therapy, LGBTQ mental health, relationship issues, and couples therapy.

 

Allison BegleyAllison Begley, Psy.D.

Allison Begley received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA (Go Bruins!) and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees from Azusa Pacific University. Allison approaches her clinical work from a collaborative empowerment approach designed to cultivate personal agency while developing appropriate skills to meet present challenges. Areas of clinical interest include: body image and disordered eating concerns, young adult identity development and other life transitions, interpersonal relationship concerns, coping with and healing from trauma, anxiety and depression, substance use disorders,  parenting/family issues, and group therapy.

 

Ara ChoAra Cho, Psy.D.

Ara received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) her masters in clinical psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She is fully bilingual in English and Korean and can conduct therapy in both languages. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, acculturation, ethnic and cultural identity, grief and loss, women’s issues, and the integration of spirituality, religion and psychology. Ara strives to create a safe, nonjudgmental space and is passionate about supporting students through their journey to achieve their goals, self-growth, and meaningful changes.

Jennifer Esfandi

Jennifer Esfandi, Psy.D.

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, her master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Her clinical interests include anxiety and depression, grief and loss, and multicultural issues. Jennifer also has a special interest in first and second-generation immigrants. Jennifer loves working at CSUN and is passionate about supporting students as they navigate their educational and personal journeys.

 

 

Allison Freeman and service dog, Hank

Alison Freeman, Ph.D.

Alison Freeman works with a wide range of issues including self-esteem, relationships, LGBTQ identity issues, and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. She likes to integrate the arts including movement, art and music into her work with students. She completed her post-doctoral training at UC San Francisco Center on Deafness and is fluent in American Sign Language.  

  

 

Dulce Hernandez

Dulce Hernandez, Psy.D.

Dulce Hernandez received her bachelor's degree in psychology, master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in providing psychological services to Spanish speaking populations and her doctorate degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in providing psychological services to Spanish speaking populations at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is bilingual (English and Spanish), and provides therapy in Spanish. Her clinical interest includes building self-esteem, interpersonal concerns, transitional difficulties, Undocumented/DACA, identity and intersectionality, and trauma. Dulce works from a social justice, multicultural, collaborative and relational perspective.

Marlon James BriggsMarlon James Briggs, MSW, LCSW

Marlon Briggs received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Justice and Master’s degree in Social Work from CSUN. Mr. Briggs is registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Social Worker. He has professional experience working with domestic violence survivors; those with severe mental health related challenges; foster youth, and young men in the juvenile system. He returned to CSUN due to his passion to serve students in navigating school and life balance as well as finding a sense of self for students in a university setting. He has a special interest in working with historically disadvantaged and low-income communities. His clinical interests include; depression, anxiety, anger management, interpersonal trauma, adjustment and transitional difficulties, relationship issues, identity and intersectionality, crisis intervention, as well as grief and loss.

Marilyn MendozaMarilyn Mendoza, MSW, LCSW

Marilyn is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience helping students of all ages and backgrounds reach their personal and academic goals. She believes in building strong relationships with the intention of empowering students to tap into their own strengths.  Marilyn has a background in community based mental health and worked with youth in the foster care, juvenile justice and special education systems. She currently provides individual therapy for CSUN students and runs the Parent Support Group for student parents on campus.  Marilyn is the liaison to Residential Life/Student Housing and supports those students living on campus by providing consultations, workshops and Let’s Talk. She knows that asking for help can be scary and difficult but Marilyn is here to listen, openly and nonjudgmentally.  Marilyn is a CSUN Alumna, a mom of two college students (one at CSUN) and loves dogs.

Abram Milton

Abram Milton, Ph.D.

Abram Milton received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chapman University and his masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University.  Dr. Milton joined University Counseling Services as a staff counselor in October 2018. Within CSUN, he works with university students and has placed a special interest to work with military veterans, Muslim students, men of color, and international students. Dr. Milton also continues his research on Sleep Paralysis as a member of Social Psychiatry Research Unit at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, CA, and his research on Free Arts and Trauma at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.  Major psychological research interest include military, veterans, posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury (TBI), trauma, substance abuse, addictions, suicide, interpersonal relationship, mindfulness, spirituality, men issues, international students, grief & loss, gender violence, diversity, and university counseling.

Jose MontesJose Montes, Ph.D.

Jose Montes is a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles campus. His degree is in clinical psychology with an emphasis in multicultural community psychology. He completed an APA internship at University of California, Irvine and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of California, San Diego. He is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and can conduct therapy in Spanish. Jose has a strong passion for multicultural psychology, social justice and involvement. Jose considers himself a Chicano psychologist. His areas of Interest are depression, anxiety, relationships and interpersonal issues. 

 

Sunil ObediahSunil Obediah, Ph.D.

Sunil Obediah earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from CSUN, his master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, and his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.  He holds clinical interests in the areas of depression, relational issues, and crisis intervention.  In his role as liaison to the International and Exchange Student Center, Sunil is very interested in the concerns and welfare of international/exchange students.  Other interests include health psychology; issues faced by South Asians and by graduate students; group psychotherapy; and training of interns at varying levels of experience.  Sunil is highly committed to creating a safe, nonjudgmental space for all students to explore their challenges.  He works collaboratively with students towards obtaining increased insight and/or the development of symptom relief.  He is passionate about supporting students and helping them to achieve their academic and personal goals as they make their way through their degree process.

Juan OrtizJuan Alberto Ortiz, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Juan Alberto lived for 30+ years in Mexico where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and later earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy. Later, he moved to New York where he earned his Master’s and Psy.D. in School Psychology, and then completed internships at both SUNY and CSUN. He has provided clinical services in Spanish and English. His clinical interests include: depression, anxiety, interpersonal trauma, cultural diversity, as well as grief & loss.

 

Elizabeth Poloskov, Ph.D.Elizabeth Poloskov, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Poloskov is a California licensed psychologist (PSY 27935). She received her Bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College and earned both her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University.  She has provided clinical services, in English and Spanish, to diverse populations in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health centers and vocational/tech schools.  Her passion is working with college students, particularly those who are seeking services for the first time.  She is dedicated to de-stigmatizing psychotherapy and empowering students to become advocates of their own mental health.  As a first-generation college student who self-identifies as both Latina and bi-ethnic, she is particularly interested in supporting students in the transition to college and assisting them in navigating questions of identity.  Her clinical interests include: relationship issues, treatment of anxiety and depression, stress management, life transitions, crisis intervention, ethnic/cultural identity development, social advocacy and group therapy. She is a believer in group therapy and its power to change individual lives.

Amy RosenblattAmy Rosenblatt, Psy.D.

Amy Rosenblatt earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University and earned her master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Amy has a strong passion for working with and advocating for the LGBTQ community. She also works closely with student-athletes as a means to improve athletic performance and enhance overall well-being. Other areas of clinical interest include interpersonal concerns, identity development and using mindfulness to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Jennifer Sato-VelozJennifer Sato-Veloz, MSW, LCSW

Jennifer Sato-Veloz is a licensed clinical social worker and graduated from the University of Southern California.  Her interests include supporting others in coping with depression, grief and loss, Asian-American culture, multiracial/multicultural identity and spirituality. Jennifer enjoys helping others explore their own unique identities, strengths and story. In addition to counseling, Jennifer also holds a Master’s in Soul Care and Spiritual Formation from Biola University. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time in nature.

 

Judy Schmidt-LevyJudy Schmidt-Levy, Ph.D.

Judy Schmidt-Levy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah. She joined the staff of University Counseling Services in 1989. Her clinical interests include trainee supervision, career development, eating disorders and couples counseling. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Psychiatry Residency Training, student affairs representative to the faculty senate, and faculty appointee to the Board of Directors of the University Student Union. 

  

Steve SilverSteve Silver, Psy.D.

Steve earned his bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and his master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. In addition to his general clinical work at UCS, Steve serves as the liaison for alcohol and other drug-related issues and concerns on campus. His clinical interests include: substance use disorders, men's issues, interpersonal trauma, identity development, and relationship issues. Steve loves working with college students and supporting them as they navigate this exciting yet often stressful time in their lives.  Any student with concerns about their substance use can call UCS to schedule an assessment with him, in order to be linked with the most appropriate level of support.

Paulette Theresa

Paulette Theresa-Schechtel, MFT, Psy.D.

Paulette Theresa-Schechtel received her bachelor's degree from Cedarville University in Ohio and master's and doctoral degrees from Phillips Graduate University. She completed internships at both CSUN and California Institute of Technology. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at California Lutheran University. In addition to working as a generalist at UCS, she created a support group for African American/Black female students called Sistahood in 2013, and originated WISDOM in 2017, which is a mentorship program that encourages academic achievement for Black female students. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety, relationship issues, couples’ therapy, and grief and loss, as well as Multicultural Psychology & Social Justice, which she has taught for 15 years. She is committed to helping students maintain psychological well-being as they walk through their academic journey.

AAlisa Turner Augustynlisa Turner Augustyn, Psy.D.

Alisa Turner Augustyn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University.  She is a licensed psychologist in California, and is committed to culturally competent therapy for all students.  Alisa has a special interest in working with first generation students and students identifying as Latinx.  Alisa’s approach to therapy is grounded in respect and curiosity.  She works to create a safe space for dialogue that honors difficulties, and enables learning and growth.  As a generalist, Alisa helps students with issues related to relationships, family, work, grief, abuse and trauma. She can also help with issues that are harder to describe, such as alienation, feeling stuck, self-doubt, and depression or anxiety about social or environmental issues.

Lori Williams Lori Williams, Psy.D.

Lori Williams received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from CSUN and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She also received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Lori is bilingual in English and Spanish and she has a strong interest in community outreach. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, identity development, transitional difficulties, relationship problems, and crisis intervention. Music is one of her greatest passions and as such, she also enjoys the integration of music and mental health.

 

Psychology Interns

Jorge Ballesteros standing outdoors in front of trees.Jorge Ballesteros, M.A., M.S.

Jorge Ballesteros received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC, Santa Barbara. He earned dual master’s degrees from Ball State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. He is in his final year of his Ph.D. program at Arizona State University studying Counseling psychology. Jorge has a strong interest in working with student-athletes, specifically athletes of color. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and is passionate about providing multicultural competent work to all students. He wishes to continue to develop his skills, as a social justice advocate and supporting all students. His areas of interest are anxiety, identity development, LGBTQ issues, and trauma. Jorge strives to create a safe and collaborative space for student’s to reach their goals.  

Bianca Mobley standing outdoors in front of trees.Bianca Mobley, M.A.

Bianca Mobley received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and culture from Yonsei University in South Korea. She worked within the media and communications sect while studying and living in Korea, before shifting her career into the psychology field. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She is currently completing her final year in her PsyD program at Azusa Pacific University. She is bilingual in Korean and English and has an interest in incorporating her work to advocate for the Asian-American community, as well as other minority populations. She has a background in working with the diverse college student population and enjoys helping students discover and develop their identities through this transitional period of their lives. Her areas of interest include working with trauma, anxiety, depression, identity development, and cultural dynamics. She works through a philosophy of respect and acceptance, helping clients work towards maximizing their well-being. She is also passionate about alternative/mind-body therapeutic modalities, such as yoga, breath-work, and mindfulness techniques to aid in the process of healing.

Azeen Nafisi standing outdoors in front of trees.Azeen Nafisi, M.A.

Azeen Nafisi earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in linguistics from UCLA and her master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology from CSUN. She is in her final year of her doctoral program at Azusa Pacific University in clinical psychology. Azeen is bilingual in English and Persian and is a first-generation immigrant to the U.S. She approaches her clinical work with the goal of creating a safe, collaborative space and trusting relationship. Azeen’s clinical interests include identity work, cultural identity development, anxiety, depression, life transitions, acculturation difficulties, and social justice and advocacy. She strives to be a source of support to students through their college journey and promote growth and positive change.

 

Social Work Interns

Erika Baron, B.A.

Erika received her bachelor's in Psychology at CSUN and is currently in her second year of training in the Masters of Social Work program at CSUN as well. Erika has a background working with a diverse population in higher education. Her clinical interests include working with trauma, grief, and loss; and is passionate about supporting others in their journey to healing.

Joshua Gordon, B.A.

Joshua Gordon is currently a Masters of Social Work candidate at California State University, Northridge and received his B.A. in Psychology from CSUN. After completing Loyola Marymount's Drug and Alcohol Counseling program in 2013 he worked extensively in drug and alcohol treatment, providing counseling, facility management, group facilitation, sober companioning, case management, and parent liaison services.. His areas of interest professionally are anxiety and depression as well as drug and alcohol addiction.

Psychiatrists

Phani M. Tumu, M.D.
Jacqueline Wiebe, M.D.

Psychiatric Residents

Andrea Birnbaum, M.D.
Madeleine Lipshie-Williams, M.D.
Lorin Mowrey, M.D.
Jason Lee, M.D.
Jaziel Rodriguez-Lara, M.D.

James Randy Mervis, M.D. - Supervising Psychiatrist

Peer Education

Steven Wang, Peer Programs Coordinator

Elizabeth Pitpitan, Blues Project Graduate Coordinator
Sabrina Sharma, Blues Project Student Coordinator

Amanda Collins, JADE Graduate Coordinator
Jailah Smith, JADE Student Coordinator

Omar Cardenas, MenCARE Coordinator

Krissia Retana, Project DATE Coordinator
Stephanie Arau, Project DATE Student Coordinator

Administrative Support Staff

Adriana Elegado
Lily Legarda
Cyndi Norris