Staff Directory

Administrative Team

Julie PearceJulie Pearce, Psy.D.

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 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 EipeAnne Eipe, Ph.D.
Assistant Director and 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.



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 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.


Allison 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.

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.


Alison FreemanAlison 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.  



Marlon James BriggsMarlon James Briggs, MSW, ASW

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.

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.



Abram MiltonAbram 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.  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 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.

Giuliette RechtGiuliette Recht, Psy.D.

Giuliette Recht received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco, and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  Her clinical interests include young adult development, relational concerns, multicultural issues, and group therapy.  Giuliette is happy to be back at UCS after completing her pre-doctoral internship with UCS in 2017.


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 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-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 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. 

 Alisa 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.


Psychology Interns

Ara ChoAra Cho, M.A.

Ara Cho is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her masters in clinical psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She is fully bilingual in English and Korean and can conduct therapy in Korean. 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.

Michelle FeinbergMichelle Feinberg, M.A.

Michelle received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and her Master's Degree at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Diego.  Her clinical interests include depression and bipolar disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and issues related to identity development.  She loves working with individuals who come from traditionally underserved backgrounds, including students who identify as LGBTQIA+, students of color, students who are undocumented, and student struggling with housing and food insecurity.


Sarah Millwee-WelchSarah Millwee-Welch, M.A.

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology in 2016 and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Biola University in 2014. Her clinical interests include issues surrounding identity formation, anxiety disorders, interpersonal trauma, disordered eating and body image concerns, issues surrounding sexual identity development, borderline personality disorder, grief and loss, and the integration of spiritual practices and psychology. She has a deep passion for working with students that identify as LGBTQIA+, students with histories of interpersonal trauma, and students working through spiritual challenges. Sarah strives to cultivate a safe space for students to explore aspects of their identity and history that might feel particularly painful, to support them in achieving meaningful change and growth.



Phani M. Tumu, M.D.


Peer Education

Steven Wang, Peer Programs Coordinator


Administrative Support Staff

Adriana Elegado
Lily Legarda
Cyndi Norris