Staff Directory

Julie PearceJulie Pearce, Psy.D.
Acting Director and Coordinator of Training

Julie Pearce received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Whittier College and her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Biola University. Her clinical interests include adolescent and young adult development, disordered eating and body image concerns, sexual abuse and trauma, relational and family problems, applied sport psychology, the integration of spirituality, religion and psychology, and the training of students in psychology. 


Anne Eipe

Anne Eipe, Ph.D.
Clinical Coordinator

Anne Eipe received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She is the Clinical Coordinator at University Counseling Services. Her clinical interests include disordered eating and body image concerns, multicultural issues and building self-esteem. She also has an interest in working with international students.


Faculty counselors

Dr. Marshall BloomMarshall Bloom, Ph. D.

Marshall Bloom works with a wide range of issues, including transition to college, relationship problems, overcoming shyness, procrastination, test-taking and public speaking anxiety, and depression. He is involved in training and supervising graduate interns, along with serving as advisor to the CSUN Helpline telephone crisis phone service and is the Founder of The BLUES Project on overcoming depression and preventing suicide.



Nathan EdwardsNathan Edwards, Psy.D.

Nathan received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle, and his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP).  In addition to his work as a general clinician within University Counseling Services, Nathan also serves as a member of the African American Male Retention Initiative, which promotes academic success and overall empowerment for Black male students. His clinical interests include interpersonal and relational issues, multicultural issues, identity development, trauma recovery, and mindfulness practice.

Alison Freeman

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.  



Rachel FriendlyRachel Friendly, Ph.D.

Rachel Friendly is a licensed clinical psychologist.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, she moved to Los Angeles at age 11.  In an effort to escape the perfect California weather, she then moved to Massachusetts for college, receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Clark University.  She completed her training and began her professional career in Virginia, at James Madison University’s Counseling Center.  She has a passion for working with college students, with a particular focus on international, Middle Eastern, and Asian American students.  Clinical interests include identity development, interpersonal relationship processes, mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment, group therapy, expressive-arts therapy, LGBTQ identity issues, women’s issues, and working with couples.

Young Sun Lee, Psy.D.Dr. Young Sun Lee

Young Sun Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from UCLA and her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University.  Her clinical interests include identity development, relationship concerns, multicultural issues, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention.



Marilyn Mendoza

Marilyn Mendoza, MSW, LCSW

Marilyn is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her bachelor’s degree from CSUN in psychology and her master’s of social work degree from USC. Marilyn comes to us from Ventura County Behavioral Health where she spent many years providing support and crisis intervention to youth and families in the juvenile justice, foster care, and special education systems. Marilyn also supervised MSW interns from CSUN and developed a passion for helping college students grow personally and professionally.


Lori MeonoLori Meono, Psy.D.

Lori Meono received her bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUN and her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Her clinical interests include depression, identity development, transitional difficulties, relationship problems, crisis intervention, and the integration of music and psychology. Additionally, she has a strong interest in community outreach events.



Jose Montes

Jose 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. 


Amy Rosenblatt, Psy.D.Dr. Amy Rosenblatt

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

Jennifer Sato-Veloz graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master's in Social Work.  Her interest include grief and loss, Asian-American culture, multiracial/multicultural issues and spirituality.  Specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety, she has experience helping groups and individuals examine how we have developed habits of thinking/coping and explore fresh new ways of living. Jennifer is also working towards a Masters in Soul Care and Spiritual Direction at Biola University (La Mirada) and enjoys helping other discover more about what makes up their unique identity and strengths. In her spare time, Jennifer like to travel, spend time in nature and create music.

Judy Schmidt-Levy

Judy 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 Silver

Steve 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.


Leslie Spero-SchneiderLeslie Spero-Schneider, LCSW






Saimir ThanoSaimir Thano, Ph.D.

Mirësevini (Welcome) to the University Counseling Services. I feel fortunate to be part of the UCS team and for the opportunity to give back to the CSUN Community. I am dedicated to providing the support needed for students to live a more successful and healthier life. I have a holistic approach to working with students, which includes the mind, body, and emotions. I view individuals as whole beings who are made up of interdependent parts with each part playing an important role for optimal psychological wellbeing. I work with students to obtain physical, mental, and emotional balance. As a first generation immigrant I am also sensitive to issues of diversity, thus in my work I utilize a multicultural lens while focusing on the therapeutic relationship. My clinical areas of interest include acculturation related issues, adjustment to college, men's issues, first generation and/or transfer students, non-traditional and international students. My research focuses on multicultural/multiracial relationships, the impact of acculturation on psychological wellbeing and romantic relationship satisfaction, and ethnic identity as a protective factor. I look forward to hearing from you and working together to reach your goals." 

Paulette Theresa, Psy.D.Paulette Theresa

Paulette Theresa received her bachelor's degree from Cedarville University in Ohio and master's and doctoral degrees from Phillips University. She completed internships at both CSUN and California Institute of Technology. Additionally, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at California Lutheran University.

Paulette has taught on the topic of Multicultural Psychology and Social Justice for over ten years. She created a support group for African American/Black female students called Sistahood in the fall of 2013. The overall purpose of the support group is to help young Black female students experience an improved connection to campus life, better peer relationships, and to encourage academic achievement and retention. 

Psychology interns

Jennifer EsfandiJennifer Esfandi

Jennifer is a psychology intern and completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and her Master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her clinical interests include anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma, and multicultural issues. Jennifer also has a special interest in first- and second-generation immigrants.



Aleska HaganAleska Hagan

Aleska Hagan is a psychology intern and completing her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of North Dakota. She obtained her Master's degree in community mental health counseling at Indiana University, and her Bachelor's degree from Ball State University, after transferring as a junior from Ivy Tech Community College. As a first- generation college student herself, Aleska is passionate about helping college students (in particular, low income and first-generation college students) succeed and thrive in their pursuit of education. Aleska believes in the transformative power of education as a means to changing one's socio-economic status, access to opportunity and resources, and overall quality of life. Aleska strongly believes that while low-income, first-generation, and non-traditional students do face unique circumstances and struggles during their time at college, these students also have exceptional internal resources, strengths, and personal experiences that can be utilized to help them standout, shine, and succeed in the classroom. Furthermore, her clinical interests include issues concerning experiences of oppression, multicultural issues, interpersonal and relationship issues, and issues concerning the experience of moving toward a socio-economic class that differs from the family of origin.

Giuliette RechtGiuliette Recht

Giuliette Recht is a psychology intern and completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco. Giuliette's clinical interests include young adult development, relational concerns, multicultural issues, and group therapy. In addition, she is currently teaching the advanced JADE course, a peer education program dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of eating disorders.




 Jungku Lee, M.D. 


Psychiatric residents

Randy Mervis, M.D., Supervisor

Lalleh Adhami, M.D.

Hani Atallah, M.D.

Tiffany Diament, M.D.

Andrew Do, M.D.

Yamanda Edwards, M.D.

Qyana Griffith, M.D.

Craig Harris, M.D.

Sravan Kakani, M.D.

Renuka Kharkar, M.D.

Tinh Luong, M.D.

Peer Education 

Angie Aguilar, JADE Graduate Assistant

Abraham Ambriz, BLUES Project Graduate Assistant

Arakel Aristakessian, MenCare Graduate Assistant

Samir Hamawe, Peer Programs Specialist

Shaheh Shabanian, MenCare Coordinator

Claire Torres, Project D.A.T.E. Coordinator

Administrative staff

Adriana Elegado
Lily Legarda
Cyndi Norris