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  • Steven Barreto, PhD

    • Steve Barreto, PhD Senior Psychologist, Pediatric Partial Hospitalization Program, Bradley Hospital

    • Assistant professor (Clinical) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    Background Information

    Steven J. Barreto, PhD, earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He earned a master’s in Sociology and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed pre- and postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Michigan and a postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, specializing in school-based intervention programs, ADHD assessment and family-centered residential treatment for children with serious emotional disturbance.

    Prior to his current position on the Bradley Pediatric Partial Hospitalization Program, Barreto was the Psychology Coordinator of the Children's Inpatient Program and Clinical Director of the Exeter House Residential Program.  Barreto lectures frequently on the prevention and treatment of juvenile firesetting. He also lectures on the impact of bullying, and is a popular speaker at Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Speaking of Kids workshops. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Henrietta Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching, in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Research Interests

    Barreto’s research interests include suicidal behavior and resilience among children with serious emotional disturbance, as well as juvenile firesetting.  The latter project involved a statewide collaborative care network for children funded through a three-year grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

    Selected Publications

    Barreto S. & Adams, S.K. (2011) Digital technology and youth: A developmental approach, The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Vol. 27, No. 6, June.

    Barreto S. & Costea (2008) Childhood suicide: Toward a developmental understanding and judicious clinical intervention, The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Vol. 24, No. 7, July.

    Barreto, S.J., Zeff, K., Boekamp, J.R., & Paccione-Dyszlewski, M. (2007).  Fire behavior in children and adolescents. In A. Martin & F. Volkmar (Eds.), Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A comprehensive textbook, 4th Edition.  Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins: Philadelphia.

    Barreto, S.J., Boekamp, J.R., Armstrong, L.M. & Gillen, P. (2004)  Community-Based Interventions for Juvenile Firestarters: A Brief Family-Centered Model, Psychological Services, 1, 158-168.

    Barreto, S. J. & 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.

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