Alinne Barrera, Ph.D.

[email protected]
(650) 433-3854

Research Interests

My clinical and research interests are in depression prevention and treatment with underserved populations. I am particularly interested in working with Spanish-speaking women and maternal mental health.


University of California at Berkeley, B.A. 1996, Psychology
University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A. 2001, Clinical Psychology
University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D. 2006, Clinical Psychology
University of California at San Francisco, 2005-2006, Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship
University of California at San Francisco, 2006-2009, Postdoctoral Fellowship


2000-2005 Clinical Psychology PhD Graduate Student, University of Colorado, Boulder
2005-2006 Pre-doctoral Psychology Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
2006-2009 Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
2009-2015 Assistant Professor, Palo Alto University
2015-present Associate Professor, Palo Alto University

Past Research Support

R34 MH091231 (PI: Muñoz) 7/20/2010-4/30/2013
NIH/ National Institute of Mental Health
Internet Intervention to Prevent Major Depressive Episodes

Selected Publications (in chronological order)

  • Chu, J.P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A.Z., & Byrd-Olmstead, J. (2012). The Public Psychology Doctoral Training Model: Training Clinical Psychologists in Community Mental Health Competencies and Leadership. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6(2), 76-86.
  • Chu, J.P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A.Z., & Byrd-Olmstead, J. (2012). Preparing Psychologists to Lead a Transformation in Public Sector Psychology: The Collaborative Cube Model for Community Mental Health Training. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(1), 39-49.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Torres, L.D., Barrera, A.Z., Delucchi, K., Penilla, C., Pérez-Stable, E.J., & Muñoz, R.F. (2010). Quitting smoking does not increase the risk of major depressive episodes. Psychological Medicine, 40, 441-449.
  • Leykin, Y., Barrera, A.Z., & Muñoz, R.F. (2010). Smoking cessation via the Internet. In M. Cucciare, F. Villafranca, & Weingardt (Eds.). Using technology to support evidence-based behavioral health practices (pp. 109-132). New York: Routledge.
  • Muñoz R.F., Barrera, A.Z., Penilla, C., Delucchi, K., & Pérez -Stable, E.J. (2009). Worldwide Spanish/English Internet smoking cessation trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11, 1029-1034.
  • Muñoz, R.F., Barrera, A.Z., & Torres, L.D. (2009). Overview of depression prevention. In R.E. Ingram (Ed.). International Encyclopedia of Depression (pp. 447-452). New York: Springer Publishing.
  • 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. doi:10.3390/ijerph6030927
  • 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.
  • 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. (2004). Culture and depression. In W. E. Craighead and C. B. Nemeroff (Eds.), The Corsini Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (3rd ed., pp. 243-245). New York: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Areán, P.A., Alvidrez, J., Barrera, A.Z., Robinson, G.S., & Hicks, S. (2002). Would older medical patients use psychological services? The Gerontologist, 42(3), 392-398.