Training Director

Carlos Fayard, Ph.D.

Dr. Fayard

Dr. Carlos Fayard completed his undergraduate training in Argentina, and pursued his doctoral degree in psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. He has been involved in the training of medical students, Psychiatry residents, and Clinical Psychology interns since 1988. After serving for 6 years as a bilingual psychologist at Patton State Hospital, he joined Loma Linda University Department of Psychiatry where he currently is in private practice, working with individuals and couples. In addition, Dr. Fayard is the Director of Psychotherapy Training for the Psychiatry residency program, the Chair of the Committee on Religion & Psychiatry, and coordinates the Religion & Psychiatry elective for senior medical students. As part of the Clinical Psychology internship program, Dr. Fayard teaches a year-round seminar on Diversity and Spirituality as applied to the process of psychotherapy, and an Advanced Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Seminar, which is a joint course for Clinical Psychology interns and Psychiatry Residents. He provides weekly individual supervision to Clinical Psychology interns and Psychiatry residents.

Dr. Fayard is the Assistant Director for Mental Health Affairs in the Health Ministries Department of the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist church. In this capacity, he has lectured and consulted locally and internationally. He is also a consultant to the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, California.

Area of specialty: Integration of spirituality and psychotherapy

Clinical & Research interests: Integration of spirituality and psychotherapy; neurobiological basis of spirituality

Selected references:

Fayard, C., Hernandez, B. C., Anderson, B. & Harding, G. IV (Eds.). (2011). A Christian worldview and mental health: Adventist perspectives. Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press.

Fayard, C., Pereau, M. J., Ciovica, A. (2009). ‘Love the Lord with all your mind’: Explorations on a possible neurobiology of the experience of God and some implications for the practice of psychotherapy. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 28, 167-181.

Program Faculty

William Britt, III, Ph.D., ABN

Bio: Dr. Britt has been in the Dept. of Psychiatry, Loma Linda School of Medicine since 1981. He graduated from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in 1981 with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and Fellow of the American College of Professional Neuropsychology.  He began the practicum in Clinical Psychology in this department in the early 1980’s, and assisted in its development into an internship.

He was Co-Investigator in a 5 year NIH/NIA funded research grant on Iron Metabolism Alterations in Alzheimer’s disease with a focus on mild cognitive impairment and the progression to Alzheimer’s dementia.  His clinical practice includes psychological and neuropsychological testing, individual and group inpatient psychotherapy. Internship focus is currently individual supervision and teaching Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Patients to psychiatry residents and psychology interns. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychology & Theology.

In the Dept. of Psychiatry, he teaches Cognitive Behavior Therapy, the aforementioned course on suicide and psychotherapy supervision for residents. He is a founding member of the LLU International Behavioral Trauma Team and a member of the School of Medicine Committee on Student Disability.

He has been a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Patton State Hospital since 2002, working two days a week.  This is the largest forensic hospital in the nation with 1500 patients and 70 psychologists. His designation is Senior Psychologist Specialist (Neuropsychology).  He works on the Neuropsychology Consultation Service and is coordinator of a cognitive rehabilitation program. His role includes supervision of interns and fellows, cognitive rehabilitation, and neuropsychological testing.

Area of specialty: Neuropsychology of children, adolescents, and adults. Integration of psychology and Christian Theology

Research/clinical interests: Mild Cognitive Impairment

Selected references:

Britt III, W.G., Hansen, A.M, Bhaskerrao, S., Larsen, J.P., Petersen, F.,Dickson, A., Dickson, C., Kirsch, W.M., (2011) Mild cognitive impairment:  Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease or something else? Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 27, 543-551

Kirsch, W.M., McAuley, G., Holshouser, B., Petersen, F., Ayaz, M., Vinters, D.V., Dickson, C., Haacke, E.M., Britt III, W., Larsen, J., Kim, I., Mueller, C., Schrag, Kido D., (2009)  Serial susceptibility weighted MRI measures brain iron and microbleeds in dementia.  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 17,559-609.

Bartnik Olson, B.L., Holshouser, B.A., Britt III, W.G., et al (2008). Longitudinal Metabolic and Cognitive Changes in Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients. Alzheimers Disease and Associated Disorders – An International Journal, 22(3), 269-277.

Wagner, M., Bartnik Olson, B., Britt, W.,  Kirsch, W.  (2008)  Tissue loss in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease:  A longitudinal voxel-based morphometry study. Journal of Investigative Medicine, 56(1):145.

Larsen, J.P., Britt III, W., Kido, D., Bartnik Olsen, B.L., Holshouser, B.A., Kirsch, W.M. (2007). “Susceptibility weighted magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of dementia.” Radiology Case Reports, 2(4).

Britt III, W., et al (2006, July) The Architecture of Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Preliminary Study. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Vol 2, Issue 3, (Suppl.1) S297

Dhanji, T.A., Davies, V.L., Armon, C., Moses, D.E., Britt, W.G., et al.  (2000). ALSQOL-11 – a short, subjective, disease-specific, quality-of-life scale for patients with ALS. Sensitivity to change. Neurology, 54 (Suppl.), A344.

Armon, C., Davies, V.L., Dhanji,T., Moses, D.E., Britt, W.G., et al.  (2000). Quality-of-life scales:  Who determines the individual item weights and does it matter. Lessons learned from the ALSQOL-11.  Annals of Neurology, 48, 22.

Davies, V.L., Armon, C., Britt, W.G., et al.  (1999). A new, short, subjective, disease-specific, Quality-of-Life scale for patients with ALS-the ALSQOL-11: A cross-sectional validation study.  Neurology, 52 (Suppl.), A527.

Britt III, W.G.  (1988). Pretraining variables in the prediction of missionary success overseas. In O’Donnell, K.S. & O’Donnell, M.L. (Eds.), Helping Missionaries Grow: Readings in Mental Health and Missions. Pasadena: William Carey Library.

Britt III, W.G. (1988). God’s holiness and humanity’s self-esteem. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 16, 231-221.

Britt, B.  (1983, May).  Help him think before he acts. Worldwide Challenge, 10(5), 21.

Britt III, W.G. (1983). Pretraining variables in the prediction of missionary success overseas.  Journal of Psychology and Theology, 11(34), 203-211.

Britt, B.G. (1982, Mar.). Predicting missionary success overseas prior to selection.  Emissary, 13(1), 1-7.

Antonia Ciovica, Ph.D.

Associate Program Director




Jennifer Weniger, Ph.D.

Maria Arellano, PhD

Scott Wenger, PhD