UCS

Staff Directory

Administrative Team

Julie Pearce

Julie Pearce, Psy.D.
Director
julie.pearce@csun.edu

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. 

 

Pat Alford-KeatingPat Alford-Keating, Ph.D., ABPP
Assistant Director and Coordinator of Training
pat.alfordkeating@csun.edu

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.

Anne Eipe

Anne Eipe, Ph.D.
Clinical Coordinator
anne.eipe@csun.edu

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.

 

Counselors & Psychologists

Daniel Alonzo, Psy.D.Daniel J. Alonzo, Psy. D.
daniel.alonzo@csun.edu

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 clinical 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.

Jennfer Esfandi, Psy.D.Jennifer Esfandi, Psy.D.

 

 

 

 

Alison Freeman

Alison Freeman, Ph.D.
alison.freeman@csun.edu

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.  

  

Diane Jung GalloDiane Jung Gallo, Psy.D.
diane.gallo@csun.edu

Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University. She is passionate about working with first-generation college students, Asian American mental health, and helping students who struggle with body image/disordered eating concerns. Other areas of clinical interest are mindfulness, interpersonal concerns, and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking, yoga, and being in nature.

 

Dr. Young Sun Lee

Young Sun Lee, Psy.D.
youngsun.lee@csun.edu

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.mendoza@csun.edu

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 Meono

Lori Meono, Psy.D.
lori.meono@csun.edu

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@csun.edu

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@csun.edu

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.  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.

Elizabeth Poloskov, Ph.D.Elizabeth Poloskov, Ph.D.
elizabeth.poloskov@csun.edu

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 Rosenblatt

Amy Rosenblatt, Psy.D.
amy.rosenblatt@csun.edu

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.satoveloz@csun.edu

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.
jlevy@csun.edu

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. 

 

Candace SiegmundCandace Siegmund, Psy.D.
candace.siegmund@csun.edu

Candace Siegmund is a licensed clinical psychologist.  She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University. Her clinical interests include sexual assault/interpersonal violence, body image/eating disorders, women’s issues, identity development, and relationship concerns. She is passionate about helping students to navigate the often stressful process of college and empowering them to make meaningful changes in their lives. 

 

Steve SilverSteve Silver, Psy.D.
steve.silver@csun.edu

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.

Paulette Theresa

Paulette Theresa-Schechtel, Psy.D.
paulette.theresa@csun.edu

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

Carolyn Ayrapetyan
carolyn.ayrapetyan@csun.edu

Caitlin La Brie
caitlin.labrie@csun.edu

Juan Ortiz
juan.ortiz@csun.edu

  

Psychiatrists

Rhodora Tolentino, M.D. 

Phani M. Tumu, M.D.

 

Peer Education

Amanda diBartolomeo, Peer Programs Coordinator

Steven Wang, Peer Programs Assistant Coordinator

Eryn Aquino, Project DATE Coordinator

Yasmin Irfani, BLUES Project Graduate Assistant

Kealin Jackson, MenCare Coordinator

Cindy Lucio, JADE Graduate Assistant

 

Administrative Support Staff

Adriana Elegado
Lily Legarda
Cyndi Norris