B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fresno, 1997
M.S.W., California State University, Fresno, 1999
Ph.D., School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, 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
- Evaluation of Practice (MSW)
- DSM (MSW)
- Research Internship (PhD)
- Teaching Internship (PhD)
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.