Velma Barrios, Ph.D.

Velma Barrios, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Velma Barrios, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Barrios (PSY25952) received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. Her clinical interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders began prior to graduate school while working at the Anxiety Disorders Research Center of UCLA under the mentorship of Dr. Michelle Craske, and it continued throughout her graduate studies at the University at Albany. During her graduate training, she worked at the Anxiety Disorders Research Program, where she was mentored by Dr. John Forsyth. Dr. Barrios was trained in cognitive-behavior therapy and other evidence-based practices for anxiety and related disorders. In addition, she has published scholarly papers and book chapters in the area of the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Barrios completed her pre-doctoral internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System and her post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, where she continued to pursue her interests in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and diversity issues. Prior to working at PAG, Dr. Barrios worked at Valley Coordinated Children’s Services, an outpatient crisis mental health clinic for underserved children, and focused on treating minority youth with severe emotional illness. Dr. Barrios specializes in evidence-based treatment for youth and adults with anxiety disorders.  She is able to provide therapy in English and Spanish.