Alinne Barrera, Ph.D.

Alinne Barrera
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 

(650) 433-3854 


Associate Professor

Associate Director of Clinical Training

Associate Director, Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health)
Director, Depression, Technology and Latino Health Research Lab
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Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Research Interests:  Working with Spanish-speaking and Latinx individuals with mood disorders, including pregnant and postpartum women; designing and testing depression programs for underserved populations using digital tools and community resources


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder (2006)
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder (2001)
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley (1996)


Alinne Barrera, Ph.D., is a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in working with immigrant, Spanish-speaking individuals with mood disorders. Her research focuses on designing and testing depression programs for underserved populations. Her most recent work is a prevention of postpartum depression Web-based randomized trial. Dr. Barrera is also working with community providers to design a depression treatment for immigrant women from Latin America. Dr. Barrera earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco and at San Francisco General Hospital. An NIMH Individual National Research Service Award (F32), a Robert Wood Johnson Health Disparities Seed Grant, and a National Cancer Institute Junior Faculty Career Development Award funded her postdoctoral fellowship.

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Dr. Barrera is currently serving as the Conference Chair for the 2018 National Latina/o Psychological Association.  For more details visit

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Selected Publications: 

[Note: * student mentored]

Barrera, A.Z., Torres, L.D., & Muñoz, R.F. (2007). Prevention of Depression: The state of the science at the beginning of the 21st Century. International Review of Psychiatry, 19, 655-670.

Barrera, A.Z., Pérez-Stable, E.J., Delucchi, K., & Muñoz R.F. (2009). Global reach of an Internet smoking cessation intervention: Characteristics of 17,500 Spanish- and English-speaking smokers from 157 countries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 6, 927-940.

Muñoz, R.F., Cuijpers, P., Smit, F., Barrera, A.Z., & Leykin, Y. (2010). Prevention of major depression. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 181-212.

Van Voorhees, B.W., Mahoney, N., Mazo, R., Barrera, A.Z., Siemer, C.P., Gladstone, T., & Muñoz, R.F. (2011).  Internet-based depression prevention over the life course: A call for behavioral vaccines. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 34(1):167-83.

Barrera, A.Z., Kelman, A., & Muñoz, R.F. (2014). Keywords to recruit Spanish- and English-speaking participants: Evidence from an online postpartum depression randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(1), e6, 1-13.

Barrera, A.Z., & Nichols, A.D. (2015). Depression help-seeking attitudes and behaviors among a web-based sample of perinatal women in Latin America. Pan American Journal of Public Health, 37(3), 148-153.

Barrera, A.Z., Wickham, R., & Muñoz, R.F. (2015). Online prevention of postpartum depression for Spanish- and English-speaking pregnant women: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Internet Interventions, 2(3), 257-265.

Kelman, A.R.*, Stanley, M.L.*, Barrera, A.Z., Cree, M., Heineberg, Y., & Gilbert, P. (2016). Comparing brief Internet-based compassionate mind training and cognitive-behavioral therapy for perinatal women: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e65.

Muñoz, R.F., Bunge, E.L., Barrera, A.Z., Wickham, R.E., & Lee, J. (2016). Using technology to help low-income and Latino smokers quit. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e127.

Osma, J.L., Barrera, A.Z., & Ramphos, E. * (2016). Are pregnant and postpartum women interested in health related apps? Implications for the prevention of perinatal depression. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(6), 412-415.

Patel, S., Barrera, A.Z., Strambler, M., Macciome, E., & Muñoz, R.F. (2016). The achievement gap among newcomer immigrant adolescents: Life stressors hinder Latina/o academic success. Journal of Latinos and Education, 15(2), 121-133.

Barrera, A.Z., Dunn, L.B., Nichols, A., Reardon, S., & Muñoz, R.F. (in press). Getting it ‘right’: Ensuring informed consent for an online clinical trial. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. doi:10.1177/1556264616668974

Selix, N., Barrera, A.Z., Henshaw, E., Botcheva, L., Hui, E., & Kaufman, G. (accepted for publication). Interdisciplinary collaboration in maternal mental health. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.


Selected book chapters and non-peer reviewed publications [Note: * student mentored]

Muñoz, R.F., Le, H.N., Clarke, G.N., Barrera, A.Z., & Torres, L.D. (2008). Preventing the onset of major depression. In I.H. Gotlib and C. L. Hammen (Eds.). Handbook of Depression – Second Edition (pp. 533-553). New York: Guilford.

Muñoz, R.F., Barrera, A.Z., & Torres, L.D. (2009). Prevention. In R.E. Ingram (Ed.). International Encyclopedia of Depression (pp. 447-452). New York: Springer Publishing.

Barrera, A.Z., & Muñoz, R.F. (2013). Using technology to extend the reach of psychological services. The Clinical Psychologist, 6(4), 3-7.

Muñoz, R.F., Schueller, S.M., Barrera, A.Z., Le, H.N., & Torres, L.D. (2014). Major Depression can be prevented: Implications for research and practice. In I.H. Gotlib and C. L. Hammen (Eds.). Handbook of Depression – Third Edition (pp. 471-491). New York: Guilford.

Aguilera, A., Miranda, J., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Organista, K., González, G., McQuaid, J., Kohn-Wood, L.P., Huynh-Nhu, L., Ghosh-Ippen, C., Urizar, G.G., Soto, J., Mendelson, T., Barrera, A.Z., Torres, L.D., Leykin, Y., Schueller, S., Liu, N., & Muñoz, R.F. (2016). Depression Prevention and Treatment Interventions: How Clinical Research Training Programs Can Contribute to Evidence-based Practice:  Evolution of the San Francisco Latino Mental Health Research Program. In N. Zane, G. Bernal, and F.T.L. Leong (Eds.), Evidence-Based Psychological Practice With Ethnic Minorities; Culturally Informed Research and Clinical Strategies (pp. 247-271). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Barrera, A.Z., Stanley, M.L. *, & Kelman, A. *  (2016). Electronic-based therapies: Theory and Practice. In L.E. Beutler, A.J. Consoli, and B. Bongar (Eds.). In the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice - Second Edition (pp. 254-266). Oxford University Press.

Carter, E. *, Naranjo, A. *, & Barrera, A.Z. (in press). Mental health and Latinos and Latin Americans. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.