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Patricia Barros

Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Science

Dr. Patricia Barros is the Clinic Director of the Center for Healthy Families. She has provided clinical services at school, home-based and community health clinics with a variety of populations. She sees the importance of self-of- the-therapist work as part of providing culturally-sensitive services. She is particularly interested in life transitions and how multiple systems can facilitate the growth of culturally minority families and individuals throughout the life-span.


SPH | Room 0142V

(301) 405-4017


Areas of Interest

Family Resilience; Life Transitions; Self-of-the-Therapist

PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2015

Kansas State University

MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2012

Kansas State University

MS, Psychology, 2010

Kansas State University

Post-Bach, Clinic Psychology, 2008

Faculdade de Ciencias Humanas de Olinda (Brazil)

BS, Psychology, 2005

Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco (Brazil)

Brown, C. C., Barros-Gomes, P., Smith, E., Stith, S., Cafferky, B. The contextual role of depression within couples experiencing partner violence. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.

Cornish, P. A., Berry, G., Benton, S., Barros-Gomes, P., Johnson, D., Ginsburg, R., ... & Romano, V. (2017). Meeting the mental health needs of today’s college student: Reinventing services through Stepped Care. Psychological Services, 14(4), 428.

Barros-Gomes, P., Kimmes, J., Smith, E., Cafferky, B., Stith, S., Durtschi, J., & McCollum, E. (2016). The role of depression in the relationship between psychological and physical intimate violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Knapp, D., Durtschi, J., Clifford, C., Kimmes, J., Barros-Gomes, P., & Sandberg, J. (2016). Self-esteem and caregiving in romantic relationships: Self- and partner perceptions. Personal Relationships.

Mallory, A., Dharnidharka, P., Deitz, S. L., Barros-Gomes, P., Cafferky, B., Stith, S.., & Van, K. A meta-analysis of cross-cultural risk markers for intimate partner violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 31, 116-126.

Baptist, J., Barros, P., Cafferky, B., & Johannes, E. (2015). Resilience Building among Adolescents from National Guard Families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30, 306. *Nominated by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University for the 2016 award recognizing “Excellence in Research Regarding Military and Veteran Families.”

Smith, E., Barros-Gomes, P. (2015). Soliciting strengths systemically: The use of character strengths in couple and family therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26(1), 42-46.

Barros-Gomes, P., Baptist, J. (2014). Black women's ambivalence about marriage: A voice-centered relational approach. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 13(4), 284-311.

Baptist, J., Barros-Gomes, P., Cafferky, B., & Johannes, E. (2014). Resilience building among adolescents from National Guard Families: Applying a developmental contextual model. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1-29.

Aducci, C. J., Baptist, J. A., George, J., Barros, P. M., & Goff, B. S. N. (2011). The recipe for a good military wife: How military wives managed OIF/OEF deployment. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 23, 231-249.