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Counseling & Psychological Services

Summer 2020

We hope that you are taking care of yourself this summer. It is a good time to do some exercise, go outside while social distancing, and engage in self-care activities. In case you experience excessive stress, anxiety or depression here are some resources for you:

  1. If you need assistance with an immediate psychological concern, please call the CPS main line at (310) 954-4114 and press 1 to be connected to our 24 hour on-call crisis line.
  2. For questions or consultations during the summer, please call CPS at (310) 709-8072 on Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm. (We do not have ongoing therapy during the summer.)
  3. For hotlines and low cost referrals off-campus, see below [on portal] or to the left [on website].
  4. If you are interested in longer-term counseling, you can find a local therapist by visiting Psychology Today.
  5. For resources to alleviate the trauma to individuals and communities associated with racial trauma, see message from the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at

About CPS

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is to enhance the emotional growth and academic success of students by promoting balanced lifestyles, positive self-regard, and essential life skills with an emphasis on the development of the whole person.

CPS is staffed by licensed psychologists and postdoctoral fellows.

View our counseling staff below!


Services and Programs

At CPS we provide psychological counseling services and psychoeducational programs for students, as well as responsive consultation to the university community. Referrals and emergency services are also provided by the office.

In counseling, students can discuss issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and other personal concerns. Traditional full-time undergraduates, ADN, ABSN and DPT students may receive up to ten counseling sessions per academic year and can call the office or walk in to make an appointment.

All sessions are confidential in keeping with professional ethics and state laws. Information about students is not shared with their families, the faculty, university administrators, or anyone else without the student's written permission.

To contact the Chalon office, please call 310.954.4114. For our Doheny office, please call 213.477.2668.

Counseling Staff


  • Susan K. Salem, PhD, Director
  • Kendra Nickerson, PhD, Associate Director/Training Director

Office Staff:

  • Hanna Yi, Office Manager for CPS

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Carolyn Ayrapetyan, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Kathleen Carroll-Wray, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Caroline Cox, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Mariko Iwabuchi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow