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Danielle Parrish

Danielle Parrish

Associate Professor

Room: 312 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8105

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Dr. Danielle Parrish began her social work career as a clinical social worker in a large public mental health system where she provided infant mental health, outpatient mental health and juvenile justice mental health services. During this time, she was struck by the discrepancy between the growing literature demonstrating the efficacy of certain behavioral health treatments and the lack of their consistent use in practice. These practice experiences have fueled her passion to bridge the research-practice gap by: 1) teaching students to become critical consumers of practice research and skilled evaluators of their practice; and 2) developing and disseminating feasible, integrated interventions that reduce health disparities, promote health and healthy development, and translate more seamlessly to real practice settings.

One line of research focuses on the development and testing of prevention interventions for adult and adolescent females at risk of substance-exposed pregnancy and HIV/STIs. This research, which has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, has taken place in both juvenile justice and primary care settings. A secondary focus of Dr. Parrish’s research is on the development of interventions to treat youth social anxiety disorder. In both lines of research, Dr. Parrish is particularly interested in using technology to increase efficiency and reach of these interventions. Finally, Dr. Parrish’s scholarly work also focuses on the teaching, broad dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice in social work.

Dr. Parrish is currently serving on the Journal on Social Work Education Editorial Advisory Board, the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Publications, and the Society for Social Work and Research’s Committee on Publications. She is also the evaluator for the HRSA funded GCSW Globe-Youth Behavioral Health Training Project, and is working on-site with Search Homeless in Houston, Texas to conduct research and evaluation in the local community.

PubMed Bibliography


BA, Psychology, California State University, Fresno
MSW, California State University, Fresno
PhD, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

  • Evaluation of Social Work Practice (MSW)
  • Clinical Applications of the DSM in Social Work (MSW)
  • Social Work Practice Skills (MSW)
  • Statistics and Data Analysis II (PhD)
  • Research Internship (PhD)
  • Teaching Internship (PhD)

Research Interests

Evidence-based practice (EBP); substance abuse prevention; prevention of substance-exposed pregnancy; anxiety disorders; juvenile justice; integrated behavioral health; intervention research; applications of technology for prevention and intervention.