Carla Barron, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E®, is the Clinical Coordinator for the Infant Mental Health Dual-Title Training Program and Assistant Research Professor at the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute/Wayne State University. She teaches a graduate level IMH seminar, engages in research, and provides community trainings on a variety of topics related to professional wellness, early infant development, home visiting, and reflective supervision/consultation. Dr. Barron facilitates reflective supervision/consultation with infant and early childhood mental health professionals across Michigan and nationally. For over 15 years, she worked as an infant mental health specialist providing home- and community-based IMH intervention to infants, toddlers, and their caregivers in the areas of child welfare, early childhood education and mental health. Dr. Barron’s research and scholarship interests are focused on the professional’s experience of reflective supervision/consultation and training and its impact on professional growth and wellness; as well as the role of race and diversity within these professional relationships.
131 Knapp Building, 87 E. Ferry Street, Detroit 48202
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Main MPSI Phone: 313-664-2500
Areas of Expertise
Infant mental health, reflective supervision & consultation, home visiting
Post-master’s Certificate in Infant Mental Health, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Licensed Social Worker (Michigan)
Infant Mental Health Mentor Endorsement IMH-E® (IV-Clinical)
Infant Mental Health Mentor Endorsement IMH-E® (III-Infant Mental Health Specialist)
- Training and Programs Co-Chair, Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health, local chapter of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
- Member, Michigan Collaborative for Infant Mental Health Research
- Member, Macomb County Great Start Collaborative
- Chairperson, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health – Reflective Supervision sub-workgroup
- Member, Alliance for the Advance of Infant Mental Health – Research workgroup, Home Visiting, and Training Sub-workgroup member
- Implementation and Experience of Reflective Supervision & Consultation within the Infant & Early Childhood field
- Home Visiting with Infants, Young Children, and their Families
- Home Visiting Ethics & Professional Boundaries: Considerations of Culture, Race, & Bias
- Reflection & Relationships: Considerations when Working with Young Children and their Caregivers
- Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
- National Association of Social Workers
- Council on Social Work Education
- Zero To Three
SW 8883 Infant Mental Health Seminar I - offered in the Fall semester
SW 8884 Infant Mental Health Seminar II - offered in the Winter semester
Honors and Awards
Hiram Fitzgerald Award for Emerging Scholarship and Research in Infant Mental Health. Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.
Esther Dean Callard Award for Outstanding Service to Infants, Toddlers, and their Families. Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health.
Barron, C. C., & Eaves, T. (2022). Introduction to a special section on the supervisee’s perspective of reflective supervision/consultation. Infant Mental Health Journal, 43(2), 203-206. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21976
Barron, C. C., Dayton, C. J., & Goletz, J. L. (2022). From the voices of supervisees: What is reflective supervision and how does it support their work? (Part I). Infant Mental Health Journal, 43(2), 207-225. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21972
Barron, C. C., Dayton, C. J., & Goletz, J. L. (2022). From the voices of supervisees: A theoretical model of reflective supervision (Part II). Infant Mental Health Journal, 43(2), 226-241. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21975
Wilson, K., & Barron, C. C. (2022). Honoring Race and Diversity in Reflective Supervision: Guiding Principles to Enhance Relationships. ZERO TO THREE, 42(4), 14-20.
Brown, E., Spudowski, C., & Barron, C. C. (2022). What does it mean to be a leader in the infant and early childhood mental health field? Research on training and supervision needs. ZERO TO THREE, 42(4), 79-86.
Dayton, C., Barron, C., Stacks, A., & Malone, J. (2020). Infant Mental Health: Clinical Practice with Very Young Children and their Families. In J. Brandell (Ed.), Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work, 3rd Edition. San Diego, CA: Cognella.