Manuel Barrera Jr., Ph.D.


Education & Training

B.S., 1971
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

M.A., 1975
University of Oregon
Clinical Psychology

Ph.D., 1977
University of Oregon
Clinical Psychology

Dr. Barrera's research interests include prevention and behavioral treatment for type 2 diabetes, social support interventions, and behavioral health interventions for Latino families.

Current Projects



Barrera, M, Toobert, D. J., & Strycker L. A. (2014). Relative Contributions of Naturalistic and Constructed Support: Two Studies of Women with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Volume 37, Issue 1 (2014), Page 59-69.

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Barrera, M, Toobert, D. J., Strycker, L. A., & Osuna, D. (2012). Health Psychology in Practice: Adaptation of a Lifestyle Change Intervention for Latinas with Type 2 Diabetes. In G. Bernal and M. M. Rodriguez (Eds.), Cultural adaptations: Tools for evidence-based practice with diverse populations. Washington, DC: APA.

Toobert DJ, Glasgow RE. Strycker LA, Barrera M Jr, King DK (2012). Adapting and RE-aiming a Heart Disease Prevention Program for Older Women with Diabetes. Translational Behavioral Medicine 2012; 2:180–187.

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Barrera, M. J., Castro, F. G., Strycker, L. A., & Toobert, D. J. (2013). Cultural adaptations of behavioral health interventions: A progress report. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(2), 196–205. doi:10.1037/a0027085

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Barrera, M., Jr., Toobert, D., Strycker, L., & Osuna, D. (2012). Effects of acculturation on a culturally adapted diabetes intervention for Latinas. Health Psychology, 31(1):51-4.

Toobert, D. J., Strycker, L. A., Smith, M. L., Barrera, M., Duncan, Terry E., Klesges, L. M., Resnicow, K., Elliot, D. L., Ory, M. G., Williams, G., Greene, G. W., Nebeling, L., Peterson, K. E., & Yaroch, A. L. (2012). Social resources as a mediator of dietary and physical activity change in a multi-site sample. Journal of Health Behavior and Public Health, 2(3): 15-26.

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Toobert DJ, Strycker LA, Barrera M Jr, Glasgow RE. (2011). 7-year follow-up of a multiple health behavior intervention for diabetes. American Journal of Health Behavior. 34(6), 680-694. NIHMS 182399

Hops, H., Ozechowski T. J. Waldron, H.  B., Davis, B., Turner, C. W., Brody, J. L., & Barrera, M. (2011). Adolescent Health-Risk Sexual Behaviors: Effects of a Drug Abuse Intervention Aids and Behavior, 15(8), 1664-1676.

Osuna D, Barrera M Jr, Strycker LA, Toobert DJ, Glasgow RE, Geno CR, Almeida F, Perdomo M, King D, & Doty, AT. (2011). Methods for the cultural adaptation of a diabetes lifestyle intervention for Latinas: An illustrative project . Health Promotion Practice. 12 (3), 341-348.

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Barrera M., Jr., Toobert, D. J., Strycker, L. A., Osuna, D., King, D.K., Glasgow, R.E. (2011). Multiple behavior change interventions for women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum, 24(2), 75-80.

Dimidjian, S., Barrera, M., Martell, C., Muñoz, R. F., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2011). The origins and current status of behavioral activation treatments for depression. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7, 1–38. doi:10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032210-104535

Toobert DJ, Glasgow RE, Strycker LA, Barrera M Jr, Ritzwoller DP, Weidner G. (2007). Long-term effects of the Mediterranean lifestyle program: a randomized clinical trial for postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes. The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 4:1. Abstract

Toobert, D.J., Glasgow, R.E., Strycker, L.A., Barrera, M., Radcliffe, J.L., Wander, R.C., & Bagdade, J.D. (2003). Biologic and quality of life outcomes from the Mediterranean Lifestyle Program: A randomized clinical trial, Diabetes Care, 26, 2288-2293.

Toobert, D.J., Strycker, L.A., Glasgow, R.E., Barrera, M., & Angell, K. (2005). Effects of the Mediterranean Lifestyle Program on multiple risk behaviors and psychosocial outcomes among women at risk for heart disease. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 128–137. Abstract

Smolkowski, K., Biglan, A., Barrera, M., Taylor, T., Black, C., & Blair, J. (2005). Schools and homes in partnership (SHIP): Long-term effects of a preventive intervention focused on social behavior and reading skill in early elementary school. Prevention Science, 6, 113-125.

Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S.M., McKay, H.G., Feil, E.G., & Barrera, M., Jr. (2003). The D-Net diabetes self-management program: Long-term implementation, outcomes, and generalization results. Preventive Medicine, 36, 410-419.

Barrera, M., Jr., Glasgow, R. E, McKay, H. G., Boles, S. M., & Feil, E. G. (2002). Do Internet-based support interventions change perceptions of social support?: An experimental trial of approaches for supporting diabetes self-management. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30, 637-654.

Barrera, M., Jr., Biglan, A., Taylor, T. K., Gunn, B. K., Smolkowski, K., Black, C., Ary, D. V., & Fowler, R. C. (2002). Early elementary school intervention to reduce conduct problems: A randomized trial with Hispanic and non-Hispanic children. Prevention Science, 3, 83-94.

McKay, H.G., Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S.M., Feil, E.G., & Barrera, M., Jr. (2002). Internet based diabetes self-management support: Feasibility and preliminary outcomes from the Diabetes Network Project. Rehabilitation Psychology, 47(1), 31-48.

Barrera, Jr., M., Biglan, A., Ary, D., & Li, F. (2001). Replication of a problem behavior model with American Indian, Hispanic, and Caucasian youth. Journal of Early Adolescence, 21(2), 133-57.

Barrera Jr., M., Felipe G. Castro, F. G., & Biglan, A.. (1999). Ethnicity, substance use, and development: Exemplars for exploring group differences and similarities. Development and Psychopathology, 11, 805-822.

Stice, E., Barrera, M., Jr., & Chassin, L. (1998). Prospective differential prediction of adolescent alcohol use and problem use: Examining mechanisms of effect. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107, 616-628.

Lewinsohn, P. M., Glasgow, R. E., Barrera, M., Danaher, B. G., Alperson, J., McCarty, D. L., Sullivan, J. M., Zeiss, R. A., Nyland, J., & Rodrigues, M. R. P. (1977). Assessment and treatment of patients with memory deficits: Initial studies. JSAS Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology, 2, 79-80 (MS. #1538).


August 1990 -present
Professor, Department of Psychology,
Arizona State University,

March 1995 - present
Senior Research Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

August 1997 - July 1998; August 2000 - July 2001; August 2004-July 2005
Acting Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology Graduate Program,
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

July 1991 - January 1992
Visiting Research Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

August 1982-July 1990
Associate Professor,
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

July 1987-June 1992
Director, Clinical Psychology Center,
Arizona State University

August 1984-July 1985
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
University of California, San Francisco

August 1977-July 1982
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,
Arizona State University

September 1977-present
Licensed Psychologist,
State of Arizona (License #652)

September 1976- August 1977
Clinical Psychology Intern,
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Palo Alto, California

June 1973- September 1973
Clinical Psychology Trainee,
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Palo Alto, California

August 1971-July 1972
Manpower Specialist,
Wisconsin State Employment Service, Madison