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Kya Barounis

Kya Barounis, Ph.D.

Senior Mental Health Researcher, UC San Diego

Contact Information

3020 Children’s Way #5033
San Diego, CA 92123
T: 858-966-7703 x5548


Dr. Barounis is a Senior Mental Health Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She has a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and her research focuses on improving mental health services for children and youth. She has examined race/ethnic disparities in patterns of mental health service utilization, caregiver engagement in their children’s mental health treatment, and use of intensive psychiatric services by foster youth with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Currently, she is studying preventive interventions for children who are at risk of developing psychiatric disorders.

Research Interests

  • Children’s mental health 
  • Child welfare 
  • Prevention and early intervention 
  • Parenting 
  • Evidence-based practice

Research Focus

Dr. Barounis' current research focuses on evaluating the outcomes of mental health services for children and youth in San Diego County. In particular, her research focuses on Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) and Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs. Dr. Barounis is also involved in studies examining the use of evidence-based practices in usual care mental health services, the adjustment of children in foster care, and the experiences of caregivers who have children with mental health problems.


  • Fawley-King, K., Trask, E.V., Calderon, N.C., Aarons, G.A., & Garland, A.F. (2014). Implementation of an evidence-based parenting programme with a Latina population: Feasibility and preliminary outcomes. Journal of Children’s Services, 9(4), 295-306.
  • Fawley-King, K., Haine-Schlagel, R, Trask, E.V., Zhang, J., & Garland, A.F. (2013). Caregiver participation in community-based mental health services for children receiving outpatient care. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 40(2), 180-190.
  • Fawley-King, K. & Snowden, L.R. (2011). Relationship between placement change during foster care and utilization of emergency mental health services. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(2), 348-353.
  • Fawley-King, K. (2009). A review of family-based mental health treatments that may be suitable for children in immigrant families involved in the child welfare system. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 4(3), 287-305.
  • Gilmer, T., Ojeda, V., Fawley-King, K., Larson, B., & Garcia, P. (2012). Effect of Providing Age Specific Services on Utilization of Mental Health Services Among Transitional Age Youth. Psychiatric Services, 63(6), 592-596.