Miya Barnett

University of California, Santa Barbara


Dr. Miya Barnett is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she runs the Promoting Access through Dissemination/implementation Research on Evidence-based Services (PADRES) Lab and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Clinic. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Central Michigan University, her predoctoral internship at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and her postdoctoral training on the NIMH-funded 4KEEPS project at UCLA. Dr. Barnett’s research is focused on how implementation science can address mental health service disparities for ethnic minority children and families. She is specifically focused on how Lay Health Workers (LHWs) can be mobilized to increase access to evidence-based practices for underserved communities. Currently, she has a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award from NIMH (K01MH110608; 2017-2021), which is investigating how LHWs can increase engagement in PCIT for Latinx, immigrant families. In this mixed methods study, she seeks to understand the current context of LHW delivered services in community mental health settings, the implementation supports needed for LHWs, and the impact of LHW-delivered implementation strategies on improving parent engagement and PCIT implementation. For more information, please see her lab webpage: https://padreslab.weebly.com

Dr. Barnett has served as the Membership Chair for the Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group (DIS SIG) for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2016-2018) and is currently the leader of this group (2018-2020). She also serves as the Chair of the Advocacy and Policy Taskforce for PCIT International, which focuses on how to address barriers to implementation in community settings. At UCSB, her teaching and mentoring activities focus on increasing capacity in implementation science for graduate and undergraduate students, especially for underrepresented scholars. Beyond the exceptional training and mentorship offered through IRI, Dr. Barnett has especially enjoyed opportunities to network and collaborate with other IRI fellows who are dedicated to understanding how implementation science can promote health equity.