Danielle Parrish

 Danielle Parrish

Assistant Professor

Email: dparrish@uh.edu
Room: 312 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8105
Current Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fresno
  • M.S.W., California State University, Fresno
  • Ph.D., School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the University of Texas at Austin

Areas of specialization:

  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment with high-risk adolescent and adult females
  • Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Dissemination and implementation of research in practice

Courses Taught:

  • Evaluation of Practice (MSW)
  • DSM (MSW)
  • Research Internship (PhD)
  • Teaching Internship (PhD)

Research Interests:

Dr. Parrish’s research broadly focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based behavioral health interventions for adolescents and adult females. Specifically, she conducts research that tests the efficacy of interventions to reduce the prevalence of pregnancies affected by alcohol, HIV/AIDS, smoking, and illicit drug use in high-risk populations and settings. She also conducts research on interventions that utilize the Transtheoretical Model of behavioral change (TTM) and motivational interviewing, as well on the integration of innovative technology with existing efficacious interventions. Dr. Parrish completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. She is currently principal investigator on a NIDA funded study titled, “CHOICES-TEEN: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females” and co-investigator on a CDC funded study titled, “Project CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy” [PI: Dr. Mary Velasquez]. Dr. Parrish has also received a competitive NIDA Mentoring Award for Early Social Work Substance Abuse Researchers.

Dr. Parrish also recently completed an internally funded research study to assess the feasibility of using Virtual Reality to treat adolescents with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Dr. Parrish was the PI on a recent large cross-sectional survey, which assessed the views and implementation of evidence-based practice among a diverse sample of behavioral health practitioners in Texas using the Evidence-Based Practice Process Assessment Scale (EBPPAS-Short Version), which she co-developed. She has also developed and evaluated a training model for community practitioners on the EBP process, and made numerous invited and peer reviewed presentations on this model and the integration of EBP into social work education. Dr. Parrish’s prior clinical experience includes working in the following public mental health settings with children, adolescents, adults and families: juvenile justice mental health, infant mental health, and outpatient mental health.

Research Grants/Awards:  

July 2012- May 2013 
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) May 2013 (1R03DA034099) CHOICES-TEEN: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention For Juvenile Justice Females. (Principal Investigator, $116,120).

September 2009- August 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1 U84DD000438) CHOICES=: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy. PI: Mary Velasquez, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (co-Investigator and subcontract Principal Investigator, $101, 231).

University of Houston New Faculty Research Grant. Utilization of Virtual Reality Technology for Treating Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents: A Feasibility Study. (Principal Investigator, $6,000).

Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Center for the Study of Social Work Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work and Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services. (Principal Investigator, $16,563). 

Selected Publications:

Pomeroy, E.C., & Parrish, D. (in press). Online Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Training for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers. Health and Social Work.

Velasquez, M.M, von Sternberg, K., Parrish, D. & Dolan Mullen, P. (in press). CHOICES: An Integrated Behavioral Intervention to Prevent Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies among High-Risk Women in Community Settings. Special Issue on Substance Use Disorders. Social Work in Public Health.

Pomeroy, E., & Parrish, D. (in press). The New DSM 5: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? Social Work.

Parrish, D. & Rubin, A. (in press). Social workers’ orientation to evidence-based practice: A comparison with psychologists and LMFTs. Social Work.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (in press). Comparing social worker and non-social worker outcomes: A research review. Social Work.

Pomeroy, E. & Parrish, D. (2011). Prenatal impact of alcohol and drugs on young children: Implications for interventions for children and parents. In Children of Alcohol and Other Drug Abusing Parents: Treatment Issues and Interventions(Eds. Straussner, S.L., & Fewell, C.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Springer, D., Franklin, C., & Parrish, D. (2011). Standardized assessment measures and computer-assisted technologies for evidence-based practice. In (3rd ed.) (Eds. C.J. Jordan & Franklin, C.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

Parrish, D., von Sternberg, K., Velasquez, M.M., Cochran, J., Sampson, M.M., Dollan-Mullen, P. (2011). Characteristics and factors associated with the risk of a nicotine-exposed pregnancy: Expanding the CHOICES pre-conception counseling model to tobacco. Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 16, 6: 1224-1231. PMID: 21735139

Traylor, A.C., Parrish, D.E., Copp, H.L., Bordnick, P.S. (2011). Using virtual reality to investigate complex and contextual specific cue reactivity in nicotine dependent problem drinkers. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 1068-75. PMID: 21783326

Pomeroy, E., & Parrish, D., Bost, J., Cowlagi, M.S., Cook, P., & Gober, K. (2011). Educating Students about Interpersonal Violence: Comparing Two Methods. Journal of Social Work Education, 47(3), forthcoming.

Parrish, D., & Rubin, A. (2011). Validation of the Evidence-Based Process Assessment Scale—Short Version. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 200-211.

Parrish, D., & Rubin, A. (2011). An Effective Model for Continuing Education Training in Evidence-Based Practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 77-87.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (2011). Validation of the EBP Process Assessment Scale. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 106-118.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (2010). Development and validation of the EBP Process Assessment Scale: Preliminary Findings. Research on Social Work Practice, 20,629-640.

Parrish, D. (2009). Cognitive behavioral coping skills therapy for adults. In The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice (Eds. Rubin, A., & Springer, D.). John Wiley and Sons.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (2008). Locating credible studies for evidence-based practice. In Social Workers’ Desk Reference 2nd Edition (Eds. Roberts, A., & Greene, G., Associate Ed.Thyer, B.), Part XVI: Evidence-Based Practice, pp. 1127-1136. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (2007). Challenges to the future of evidence-based practice in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 43, 405-428.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (2007). Problematic phrases in the conclusion of published outcome studies: Implications for evidence-based practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 334-347.

Rubin, A., & Parrish, D. (2007). Views of evidence-based practice among faculty in MSW programs: A national survey. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 110-122.

Pomeroy, E.C., Rountree, M.A., Parrish, D. (2007). Chapter 20: Best practices with HIV infected/affected incarcerated women. In Handbook of Forensic Mental Health with Victims and Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Research (Eds. Springer, D.W. & Roberts, A.R.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.