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).
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 experienced academic challenges, are having difficulty adjusting culturally, those who want to improve their communication, improve their energy, decrease anxiety, or grow beyond trauma experiences. Dr. Johnson likes mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy, watches car shows and other people playing video games, runs half-marathons, and enjoys travel and being with her family. She is bilingual (Spanish).
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, Psy.D., 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.
EMILY MORALES, M.A., is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation topic is in creating a Self-Actualization Scale using Depth Psychology Theory. She has received her B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies with a focus on Immigration from the University of California Santa Cruz. Emily completed her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. Her previous clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, families, LGBT+ community, trauma informed care, crisis support, and community resourcing. She is fluent in Spanish. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, camping, spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and drawing.
Kimberly Rios-Lam, Psy.D., received her B.A. in Psychology from Biola University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in Family/Child and Couples. She has previous experience working in various mental health settings providing services to a diverse and wide age range population. Dr. Rios-Lam is fluent in Spanish, has worked in community mental health settings and college counseling centers. Her clinical interests include: Undocumented & Ally advocacy, biracial identity, acculturation, first-generation, spirituality, young adulthood transitions, relationships, minority issues, and holistic health. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Jason Vasquez, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. He has extensive experience providing brief individual counseling, group counseling, crisis consultation, assessment, outreach and prevention, teaching, and training. He enjoys working with diverse student populations and first generation college students. Dr. Vasquez is a generalist who works from a variety of different clinical approaches including client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, family systems, psychosocial, and multicultural frameworks. His clinical interests include college adjustment, anxiety, and depression, trauma, family of origin issues, interpersonal concerns, men’s issues, identity development, and cultural issues. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, and traveling.
Fernando Villegas, Psy.D., received his doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His dissertation was on the relationship between parental education and the motivational practices of Latino parents. Dr. Villegas has previously worked at Santiago Canyon College Psychological Services, Southern California Counseling Center, St. Francis Medical Center, and Exodus Recovery. He has also been a counseling instructor at East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Southwest College, and Pierce College and a psychology instructor at University of Phoenix. Dr. Villegas holds a B.A. in International Business from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. He is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Guadalajara, Mexico and Madrid, Spain. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two daughters.