Staff Directory

Julie Pearce

Julie 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 EipeAnne 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 Director of The BLUES Project on overcoming depression and preventing suicide.


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.

Lauren HarbLauren Harb, Psy.D.

Lauren Harb received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of San Francisco, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Pepperdine University. Her clinical interests include disordered eating and body image issues, identity development, and relational/interpersonal concerns. She also enjoys addressing multicultural issues and working with international students. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at UCLA and her post-doctoral fellowship at LMU, and her dissertation research focused on addressing shame in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder. 


Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes, Ph.D.

Chris Holmes’s clinical interest is in individual and couples therapy with all ethnicities. He has a special interest in therapy with African-American individuals and groups, hypnotherapy with emphasis in relaxation techniques, and sports psychology with an emphasis in overall performance enhancement.



Dr. Young Sun Lee

Young Sun Lee, Psy.D.

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.



Dr. Araceli Mejia

Araceli Mejia, Ph.D.

Araceli Mejia received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies with a focus on Education and Public Policy from UC Berkeley. After working as a software project manager for a biotech company, Araceli’s interest in education and helping others was reinforced. Additionally, her experience with career transitions informs her way of seeing how student’s developed their interests in declaring a major and navigate their major/career options.  As a Latina and a first-generation college student, she has a passion for helping others navigate the university life successfully while maintaining a positive well-being and a connection to family and community.  For this reason, she received her Master’s in School/Community Counseling from UW Madison and her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. She believes in addressing the whole person by helping with social, emotional, career and personal (i.e., family, relationship, community, etc.,) concerns to help students achieve academic success. Her interests include Latin@s in higher education, first generation college students, positive psychology, multiculturalism, mindfulness, and issues related to social justice.

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.


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. 


Dr. Kimberly RobbinsKimberly Robbins, Psy.D.

Kimberly Robbins earned her bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Biola University and her master's degree in counseling psychology from California Lutheran University. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in family psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California. Her clinical interests include self-esteem, anxiety and relationship issues. Her passion is working with adolescents and adults on identity development, specifically, how family dynamics, as well as religion and spirituality, impact the development of one’s sense of self. 


Dr. 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

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.


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

Paulette Theresa, Psy.D.

Paulette Theresa is a licensed family and marriage therapist, and has a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Phillips. She completed internships at both CSUN and California Institute of Technology. Additionally, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship with the Student Counseling Services at California Lutheran University.

Paulette formerly served as clinical director of Prototypes Women's Center, an alcohol and drug recovery residential program for women and their children. She has worked with a variety of community programs coordinating a substance abuse treatment center on Los Angeles Skid-Row for women of color at high risk for HIV or AIDS. She also ran a crisis intervention street outreach program for homeless youth through the Hollywood YMCA Counseling Center under contract with Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

Pre-doctoral interns

Shannon FranklinShannon Franklin

Shannon obtained her BA in Psychology from Clark University.  She continued her educational journey as a student at Azusa Pacific University where she obtained her Masters of Arts degree and is currently finishing her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology.  Her professional passion is serving the collegiate population.  Shannon has a natural optimism surrounding a client's courage, capacity to change, and internal resourcefulness.  This positive view of human nature is vital in her therapeutic work.  She works to empower her clients in realizing their own potential by working beside them collaboratively.  Her clinical interests include identity development, multicultural and diversity issues, substance abuse, addiction, and relational issues.

Payam Kharazi

Payam received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and earned his Master’s degree in Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City. He is currently completing a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. Payam’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, and clinical supervision. 

Candace SiegmundCandace Siegmund

Candace received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and later earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently working towards completion of her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University.  Candace completed her previous training in a university counseling setting and enjoys working with student populations. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and relationship issues.



Dr. Lina Augius

Lina Augius, M.D, M.P.H.





Psychiatric residents

Randy Mervis, M.D., Supervisor

Steven A. Allen, M.D.

Carlos A. Contreras, M.D.

Wilsa Charles Malveaux, M.D.

Manzer Ghaznavi, M.D.

Amandeep Jutla, M.D.

Sravan Kakani, M.D.

Renuka Kharkar, M.D.

Tinh Luong, M.D.

Shayan Rab, M.D.

Reza Safavi, M.D.

Wendy Stahl, M.D.

Peer Education 

Samir Hamawe, Peer Programs Specialist
Claire Torres, Project D.A.T.E. Coordinator

Administrative staff

Adriana Elegado
Lily Legarda
Cyndi Norris