Personal Counseling Staff
Marcos Briano, Ph.D., received his B.A. in Psychology, his B.S. in Kinesiology and his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from U.S.C. He has a doctorate in Multicultural Community Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. His previous clinical experiences span from schools and universities to community centers to acute psychiatric hospital settings. Dr. Briano’s clinical interests include: LGBT & Ally advocacy, stress management, relaxation techniques, first-year college students, college adjustment, life transitions relationships, and multicultural psychology. Dr. Briano is bilingual (Spanish).
Daniel Cayem, M.S., is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst who is currently completing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University. His dissertation topic is The Effects of Social Media on Older Adults and Personality Factors that Contribute. He completed his B.A. from Azusa Pacific University and his M.S. from California State University, Los Angeles. Dan has extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient care, clients with special needs, and college counseling. In his free time, he enjoys photography, art, music, travel, and spending time with friends and family.
Alison Johnson, Psy.D., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Cross-Cultural emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed her post-doctoral internship at P.C.C. Since that time, Dr. Johnson has worked in hospitals, private practice, and community healthcare. She is trained in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She enjoys working with students who have trouble finding academic success, are having difficulty adjusting culturally, those who want to improve their communication, improve their energy, or have had trauma experiences. Dr. Johnson likes lying around on the sofa reading books, watching Dr. Who and Grand Tour, and running half-marathons. She is bilingual (Spanish).
Angela Liu, Psy.D., received her B.A. in Psychology, her M.S. in Counseling and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Liu is currently in private practice where she sees adults and college students with anxiety, depression, and trauma-induced symptoms. She also works as a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of California. Dr. Liu is fluent in Mandarin. In her spare time, she likes to travel internationally and sample exotic and unusual foods.
Ricardo (Rick) Martinez, Psy.D., received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Community—Clinical Psychology. He has previous clinical experience as college counseling centers, community mental health clinics, outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice. His clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults with alcohol and substance abuse issues and their family members. Dr. Martinez is fluent in Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, mountain bike riding, cycling, and traveling.
Jennifer McCart, M.A., returns to P.C.C. for her post-doctoral internship. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Taylor University in Indiana, and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Her program emphasized a systems approach, integration of spirituality, and diversity. Dr. McCart has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of mental health settings including: community mental health, child and adolescent school counseling, inpatient psychiatric care, and medical rehabilitation. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, creative and performing arts, cooking, outdoor activities, and spending time with her children and family.
Rita Mercer, M.A., received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from National University and her M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She is completing her Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation title is the Impact of Criminal Sentencing upon the Psychological State of Inmates. She has experience with children and adolescents in a variety of therapeutic settings. Rita started her college education at Santa Ana College. She enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to various kinds of music, going to concerts and movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Erica Phillips, Psy.D., received her Doctorate in Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. She received her B.S. and M.A. from Eastern Washington University and an M.A. from A.I.U. Erica enjoys working with students who experience problems with anxiety, stress management self-esteem, and being assertive. She also likes working with athletes on sports performance enhancement to improve their mental conditioning. Erica has experience working in colleges, crisis centers, in-home settings with autistic children, foster care agencies, pain management clinics, and psychiatric hospitals. In her free time, Erica likes going to concerts, hiking, watching football, going to Kings and Dodger games, painting, and watching Game of Thrones.
Fernando Villegas, M.A., is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is currently completing his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His doctoral dissertation is on the relationship between parental education and the motivational practices of Latino parents. Fernando holds a B.A. in International Business from L.M.U. and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. He is fluent in Spanish, likes traveling, and has lived in Mexico and Spain. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.