SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M., ET 

About the Webinar

Significant mental health disparities exist for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth as a result of frequent discrimination and a lack of support from family members and society. To improve mental health outcomes, it is important to understand how LGBTQ+ youth of color and their families negotiate intersecting identities, manage stigma and discrimination, and develop or utilize social support systems.

This webinar will provide an overview of a NIMH-sponsored study that adapts an evidence-based mental health intervention for LGBTQ+ youth of color and their families. It will also showcase potential mechanisms that can be used to adapt the intervention to address mental health disparities faced by SGM youth of color.

About the Speakers

Miya Barnett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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.

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. She received a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award from NIMH (K01MH110608; 2017-2021), which investigated how LHWs can increase engagement in PCIT for Latinx, immigrant families.

Dr. Barnett 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 the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Barnett was a NIMH-funded fellow for the Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) and the Implementation Research Institute (IRI). 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.

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert is both a nationally recognized expert in implementation autism research, and a passionate and successful mentor of junior investigators. As a researcher and clinician, for the past 12 years she has been working to develop and test novel interventions to improve the lives of vulnerable children. At the same time, she has been studying how and why certain innovations are widely disseminated and implemented, while others are not. Dr. Broder-Fingert has a successful track record of developing, testing, implementing, and disseminating novel interventions to improve care for autism. The first intervention she developed (“The Autism Care Plan”) has been disseminated across 30 hospital systems in 6 countries. She is currently PI of two R01 awards from NIMH to study improving care for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other behavioral health conditions (R01MH117123 and R01MH121599). She is also site PI for a multi-site randomized controlled trial (R01MH122725) of a community-based intervention for ASD in which she oversees an implementation evaluation to understand fidelity and adaptations to autism interventions in the real world across 12 sites in 4 states. She is a former fellow in the NIMH-funded Implementation Research Institute (IRI). She has over 50 publications in the field of autism implementation research. Over the past 12 years she has mentored over 30 pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and junior faculty. She directs the Academic Pediatric Association’s (APA’s) Young Investigator Award Program, she is a senior mentor in the APA’s New Century Scholar’s Program to enhance diversity in the pediatric research workforce, and she is a mentor for an NIH-funded Diversity Supplement awardee and multiple NIH-funded Career Development Awards.

Emily Feinberg, Sc.D., C.P.N.P.

Associate Professor

Boston University School of Medicine; Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Emily Feinberg received her Sc.D. and M.Sc. from Harvard School of Public Health, her M.S.N. in Parent-Child Nursing from Simmons College, and her B.S.N. from Boston University. She is trained clinically as a pediatric nurse practitioner and continues to see patients at Dothouse Health, a federally qualified community health center in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The focus of her research is improving systems of care for vulnerable children with complex conditions. She has a background in maternal and child health with specific training in the conduct of community-based experimental studies. She held a K23 award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to adapt and pilot a depression prevention intervention to mothers of children with developmental delays who receive early intervention services. Her research team has completed three large clinical trials to study this intervention as a depression prevention strategy among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mothers of poor children in Head Start, and mothers of preterm infants.

Dr. Feinberg’s current work focuses on addressing disparities in behavioral health outcomes experienced by low-income children. Her work seeks to improve systems of care for young children with ASD and other mental health conditions. She is co-directing a foundation-funded initiative, TEAM- UP for children, to implement an integrated child behavioral health model in community health centers and she has served as co-investigator on a study that tested a model of collaborative care management for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). All of her work related to systems redesign has targeted urban, low-income families and been conducted in urban, safety net settings. Specific to ASD, she was a co-investigator on a Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded study of family navigation for children newly diagnosed with ASD and PI on 2 pilot grants (Noonan Foundation; AHRQ R03) to develop a model of family navigation to improve early identification of children with ASD. Based on this work, Dr. Feinberg received one of NIMH’s Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan awards to conduct a multisite Type 1 hybrid effectiveness/implementation to test a comprehensive systems approach, based on Family Navigation, to improve early identification and linkage to services of children with ASD. The five sites that were funded under this funding opportunity have formed the NIMH-sponsored ASD PEDS Research Network. She is site PI of the newly funded Autism Center of Excellence network, Autism Adaptive Community-based Treatment to Improve Outcomes using Navigators (ACTION) Network. She has a long history of mentoring doctoral students, postdoctoral students, and junior faculty. She has served as the served as the primary mentor/dissertation chair to over 20 mentees.

Tania Israel, Ph.D.


University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Tania Israel is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education and a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship focuses on interventions to support the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities; privilege and oppression; intersections among gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; and social justice. She has received honors for her research and advocacy from the American Psychological Association, the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and her local LGBTQ community.

Dr. Israel teaches undergraduate courses including Helping Relationships: Theory and Practice, a requirement for the Applied Psychology minor, as well as graduate courses, including Pedagogy in Applied Psychology, Counseling LGBT Clients, and a seminar on social justice in counseling psychology. She is affiliated faculty with the Department of Feminist Studies at UCSB.

She is engaged in professional organizations, currently as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. She also served as 2010-11 President of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association) and Lead Coordinator for the 2009 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Her campus leadership includes Chair of Graduate Council, 2014-15 and Chair of Undergraduate Council, 2010-12.

Dr. Israel’s scholarship is relevant to policy, practice, and community. She delivered a TED Talk on “Bisexuality and Beyond,” participated in the first White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, and presented at a Congressional briefing on the Violence Against Women Act. Dr. Israel is the Director of Project RISE, a research team at UCSB that develops and studies interventions to support the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals and communities. She tweets @LGBTRISE.

About the Moderators

Tamara Lewis Johnson, M.P.H., M.B.A.

Chief, Women’s Health Research Program

Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity, NIMH

Ms. Tamara Lewis Johnson is the Chief of the Women’s Health Research Program for the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity. She is responsible for providing advice and guidance on matters relating to women’s health research and mental health. Ms. Lewis Johnson brings 11 years of experience in health science management from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) where she served as a Health Science Specialist in the Division of Extramural Activities’ Office of Extramural Research Policy Operations. Ms. Lewis Johnson supported the development of initiatives to promote investments in biomedical research that advance public health outcomes. She has produced reports that describe the importance of infectious and immune-mediated research initiatives to congressional staffers, scientific organizations, and constituency groups.  Her expertise in systems engineering, implementation science and operations research have enabled her to advance translational research that can be used in low-income settings in the United States and abroad. Ms. Lewis Johnson has been instrumental in the development of scientific workgroups to advance public health outcomes through the support of discovery science to advance improved diagnostics, drug development, and vaccine research. She also served as the Senior Program Manager for Women’s Health for the Office of Special Populations and Research Training where she was responsible for managing research and training initiatives related to women’s health research in infectious diseases and immune-mediated illnesses.

Prior to her work at NIAID, Ms. Lewis Johnson worked at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as the Women’s Health Team Lead and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Women and Minority’s Health (OMWH), at HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). Ms. Johnson holds two master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Services Management, from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.