Lynette Sparkman-Barnes, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Multiculturalist Specialist for the University of Kansas Medical Center. Previously, she served as a Psychologist and Associate Director of counseling services at UMKC. She has also worked in community mental health through developing school-based mental health programs across several Kansas City School District and within the juvenile justice system. Through her work, Sparkman-Barnes has actively promoted diversity, equity and inclusion within healthcare, education and ministry. She has presented, both nationally and internationally, on issues of diversity and its interface with mental health and theology. Sparkman-Barnes grew up in Wyandotte County and has sustained her commitment to the community by working directly within the community, serving on agency boards, working with the local school districts and striving to empower others within Wyandotte County and the greater Kansas City area. She is an ordained minister in the AME Church, and, together with her husband, pastors a congregation in Wyandotte County. She earned her Bachelor in Psychology at Northwestern University and her Doctor of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.