Faculty: Steven Barreto, PhD

Steven Barreto

Steven Barreto, PhD

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Department

Faculty, Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience Concentration

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
PhD Clinical Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MA Sociology University of Michigan
BA Sociology Stanford University


  • Family Therapy (research and practice)
  • Clinical Practice Seminar (Year 2), Practice Based Learning

Research and Practice Interests

  • Family therapy (integrated practices, assessment, and outcome measurements)
  • Children with serious emotional disturbance (trauma, coping)
  • Digital peer harassment/aggression and family communication
  • Juvenile fire-starting (multiple family group evidenced-bases intervention)
  • School-based assessment of emotional disturbance and resilience among children of color

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Associate Professor (Clinical) Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Rhode Island (PS00589)


  • Henrietta Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2010)

Publications and Presentations

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue ( upcoming 2022), APA Journal, Practice Innovations (Clinical Complexity)
  • Barreto, S.J., Zeff, K., Boekamp, J.R., and Paccione-Dyszlewski, M. (2016). Fire behavior in children and adolescents. In A. Martin and F. Volkmar (Eds.), Lewis’s child and adolescent psychiatry: A comprehensive textbook, 5th Edition. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins: Philadelphia.
  • Bodzy, M., Barreto, S.J., Swenson, L., Liguori, G., Costea, O.G. (2015) Self-Reported Psychopathology, Trauma Symptoms and Emotion Coping Among Child Suicide Attempters and Ideators: An Exploratory Study of Young Children. Archives of Suicide Research.
  • Barreto, Adams, and Daly (2014) Windows of Opportunity: Family Systems Theory and Developmental Considerations for Supporting Youth, Parents and Clinicians in the Digital Age. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice, 9:1.
  • Barreto, S.J., Boekamp, J.R., Armstrong, L.M. and Gillen, P. (2004) Community-Based Interventions for Juvenile Firestarters: A Brief Family-Centered Model, Psychological Services, 1, 158-168.
  • Barreto, S. J. and McManus, M. (1998) Casting the Net for “Depression” Among Ethnic Minority Children from High Risk Urban Communities, Clinical Psychology Review.
  • Dornbusch, S., Carlsmith, M., Barreto, S. (formerly Bushwall), Ritter, P., Leiderman, B., Hastorf, A., and Gross (1985) Single Parents, Extended Households, and the Control of Adolescents, Child Development, 56, 326-341.

Prior Experience

  • Senior Psychologist, Family Therapy Program, Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, Department of Psychiatry
  • Member of the Clinical Training Faculty of the Brown University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Fellowship Training Programs
  • Senior Psychologist, Bradley Pediatric Partial Hospital and Children's Partial Programs
  • Psychology Coordinator, Children's Inpatient Unit, Bradley Children's Psychiatric Hospital
  • Clinical Director, Exeter House Residential Program
  • Co-Director Bradlery Hospital Firesafe Families Program
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan (child and family therapy and child custody evaluation).
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (APA Accredited) at Brown University's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Bradley Children's Psychiatry Hospital (ADHD and Children and Families in Residential Treatment)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (Member since 1990)
  • Member APA Division 43 Couple and Family Therapy

Community Involvement

  • Advocate for Marriage Equality, State of Rhode Island (drafted professional association statements adopted by RI Psychological Association; testified to state senate committee).
  • Founding member, Diversity Committee, Brown University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Training Program)
  • Work Group on Bullying and Suicide, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2013)
  • Governing Board Member Rhode Island Juvenile Firesetting Coalition (2006)


  • Singer and Board Member, Rhode Island Civic Chorale