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How Psychologists Can Partner with Lay Health Workers to Promote Equity in Children’s Mental Health

Presented on March 18, 2024

Presenter: Miya Barnett, PhD, University of California.

Dr. Miya Barnett will discuss strategies for child psychologists to partner with lay health workers to enhance equity for ethnic and racial minority families.

Three potential roles for lay health will be discussed, including serving as navigators to care, providing auxiliary engagement support, and task-sharing as primary treatment providers.

Examples from Dr. Barnett and colleagues research will be highlighted for each role. Important considerations for supporting lay health workers will be discussed to ensure equity in implementation of these interventions.

Learning Objectives:

Identify and explain core areas of support that psychologists can provide for lay health workers.

Describe the evidence-base for lay health worker model of care.

Identify and apply three distinct roles lay health workers can take in children’s mental health services.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Miya Barnett’s research is focused on how implementation science can address mental health service disparities for ethnic minority families. She is specifically focused on how to partner with lay health workers to enhance equity.

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 53, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCCAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For registration questions, contact Lynn Canty,