Faculty Collaborators

Ruth Paris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Email:
rparis@bu.edu

Ruth Paris, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice at the Boston University School of Social Work, where she also serves as the Director of the Family Therapy Certificate Program. She has a program of research focused on family interventions and family processes. Through a series of funded multi-year research projects, Dr. Paris has evaluated and developed family-based interventions directed at the following issues: (1) isolated first time mothers in a home visiting program; (2) immigrant/refugee mothers receiving home-based services from bilingual/bicultural paraprofessionals; (3) mothers with postpartum depression and their infants in a dyadic home-based clinical treatment program; and (4) military service members with children under 5 years of age returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. The majority of these projects had a focus on diverse populations. She has served as a consultant on 2 federally-funded projects with teams at the Harvard School of Public Health focused on intimate partner violence and is currently an advisor on a K01 award recently funded by the NIH focused on beliefs and attitudes regarding corporal punishment in African American and Caucasian urban communities.

Dr. Paris’s CV:

Education
1998-2000 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health, Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA. Research focused on substance abuse issues for women and families, working with Genevieve Ames, Ph.D.

1990-1998 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, Berkeley, CA.
Doctoral Dissertation: Motherhood in young adulthood: A path analytic study of mothering experience and personality change.

1981-1982 Masters in Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.

1973-1977 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Sociology), Clark University, Worcester, MA.

Academic Appointments
2011 – present Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Clinical
Practice Department. Director, Family Therapy Certificate Program.

2000 – 2011 Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Clinical Practice Department. Director, Family Therapy Certificate Program.
MSW Courses Taught:
Introduction to Clinical Social Work Practice
Introduction to Clinical Assessment and Intervention
Clinical Practice with Families
Family Therapy
Family Therapy Seminar
Doctoral Courses Taught: Quantitative Clinical Research Methods

1996-2000 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.
MSW Courses Taught: Research Advising.

1994-1997 Graduate Student Instructor, University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, Berkeley, CA.
MSW Courses Taught: Research Methods.

1991-1992 Instructor, New College of California, San Francisco, CA, Department of Psychology
Master’s Courses Taught: Psychology of Women.

1987-1992 Instructor, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.
MSW Courses Taught: Theories of Individual Development, Introduction to Psychopathology, and Introduction to Family Therapy.

1990 Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Department of Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA.
MSW Courses Taught: Health, Illness, and Disordered Behavior

Clinical Practice and Consultation
1986-present Private Practice, Brookline/Newton, MA, and San Francisco/Berkeley, CA.
Psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, groups, and supervision. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California #14073; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Massachusetts #110140.

1991-1992 Clinical Consultant for family therapy, Émigré Services, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco, CA.

1989-1990 Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatry Department, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, groups, supervision, and staff training.

1983-1988 Clinical Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Adolescent Unit, and Outpatient Services (individuals, families, groups, and supervision).

Research Consultation
2011-2014 Qualitative Research Consultant for R01 (NIH/ NCAM, 1R01AT005956-02), Boston University School of Medicine, Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in Minority Populations (PI: Robert Saper, MD, MPH).

2008-2013 Qualitative Research Advisor for K01 award (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Boston University School of Public Health. Underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration (PI: Emily Rothman, Sc.D.).

2009-2014 Qualitative Research Consultant for K01 award (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1K01HD058733-01A1), Tulane University School of Public Health. Prevention of child maltreatment: A focus on social norms and corporal punishment (PI: Catherine Taylor, M.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D.).

2005-2007 Qualitative Research Consultant on project funded by the National Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health. Impact of domestic violence on cancer treatment (PI: Jeanne Hathaway, M.D., M.P.H.).

2002-present Research Consultant, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Center for Early Relationship Support, Waltham, MA.

Editorial / Reviewing Roles
Grant reviewer
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Hague, Netherlands (2013)
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel (2012)
Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, (2011).
The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, Prevention Programme commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (2010).

Editorial Board Member
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (2008-2013)
Families in Society (2007-2010)

Consulting Editor

Families in Society (2003-2007).

Abstract reviewer
Society for Research on Child Development biennial conference (2013)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, All Network Conference, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2012, 2014)
Society for Social Work and Research annual conference (2004-2014).

Ad Hoc Reviewer
Family Relations (2004-present)
Archives of Women’s Mental Health (2009-present)
Qualitative Health Research (2009-present)
Columbia University Press (2013)
Infant Mental Health Journal(2013)
Children and Youth Services Review (2013)
Social Work in Mental Health (2013)
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action (2012)
Journal of Family Issues (2012)
Women and Health (2012)
BMC Nursing (2012)
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (2010)
Journal of Women’s Health (2009)
Archives of Diseases of Childhood (2008)
Sex Roles (2004)
Community, Work, and Family (2002-2004)

Other Professional Service
2013-present Member, Program Quality Management Advisory Committee, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston.

2011-present Member, Board of Advocates, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston.

2007-2013 Member, Annual Conference Planning Committee, Cluster Chair, Society for Social Work and Research.

2003-2007 Moderator, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Annual Research Forum, Wellesley, MA.

2000-2009 Co-Convener, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Research Network, Wellesley, MA. Organized local branch, planned national research forum, reviewed abstracts for presentations, participated in research group and informal presentations.

2000-2001 Member, Center for Social Work Research and Practice, Collaboration of Boston area schools of social work. Organized lecture series.

2000-2001 Member of Board of Advisors for fellowship recipient, Open Society Institute.

Graduate and Professional Awards and Honors
2010 Susan Hickman Memorial Research Award, Postpartum Support International.

2010 Top 20 Most Influential Social Work Professors, www.mastersofsocialwork.org

1993-1999 Postdoctoral Research Associate and Graduate Student Researcher, University of California at Berkeley, Mills Longitudinal Study, Institute of Personality and Social Research, Berkeley, CA.

1997 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley.

1995 The Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award, Radcliffe College.

1991 Newhouse Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley.

Grant Funded Research
Principal Investigator: (2012-2017). Funder: Svenson Family Foundation via Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston. Needs assessment and program evaluation of NESST (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Treatment). Purpose of the study is to first, document and understand the needs of mothers who used prescribed medications or illegal substances while pregnant/early parenting in order to develop a program to support similar mothers and babies in the future and second, to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the intervention.

Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-contract: (2012-2016). Funder: Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Building Resilience Through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together II (Project BRIGHT II), (PI: Norma Finkelstein, Ph.D., Institute for Health and Recovery, $1,600,000). To evaluate Project BRIGHT II, an evidence-based, trauma-informed program for mothers in Methadone and Suboxone treatment for Substance Use Disorders and their children, 0-7.

Principal Investigator: (2009-2011). Funder: Jenny’s Light. Postpartum Depression in Military Families. To develop a program to provide education about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and offer prevention/intervention resources for both families and providers in the military community.

Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-contract: (2009-2012). Funder: Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (IU79SM059460-01). Building Resilience Through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together (Project BRIGHT), (PI: Norma Finkelstein, Ph.D., Institute for Health and Recovery, $1,200,000). To evaluate Project BRIGHT, an evidence-based, trauma-informed program for parents in treatment for Substance Use Disorders and their young children.

Co-Investigator: (2008-2012). Funder: Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed
Medical Research Program W81XWH-08-1-0230 (PT074928). Family-Based Intervention With Traumatized Service Members and Their Young Children. (PI: Ellen DeVoe, MSW, Ph.D.) To develop and test the effect of a family-based intervention on the soldier parent-child relationship. The intervention is designed to mitigate the adverse impact of PTSD in soldiers returning from Iraq/Afghanistan.

Co-Principal Investigator (2007-2008). Funder: Boston University School of Social Work.
Statistical Consultation and Data Analysis for Child and Family Intervention Studies.
Award from Dean’s office. To conduct additional statistical analyses with data from pilot study.

Principal Investigator (2005-2008). Funder: Robert and Grace Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives Grant Program, Centers for Women at Wellesley College. Primary Prevention for Very Young Children: Studying the Intervention Methods of a Home-Based Parent-Infant Treatment. To evaluate a home-based treatment for women with postpartum mood disorders and their infants. Specific foci include effectiveness of the intervention on mother’s mood disorder, relationship with her infant, and the process of the intervention from the perspective of the client and clinician.

Principal Investigator (2005-2007). Funder: The Silberman Fund, New York Community Trust. Evaluation of a Home-Based Clinical Intervention for Women with Postpartum Mood Disorders and their Infants. To evaluate the effectiveness of a therapeutic program for women with postpartum mood disorders and their infants using a multi-method assessment of the mother’s functioning, infant behavior, and mother-infant interactions.

Principal Investigator (2005-2006). Funder: Boston University Provost’s Office, Special Program for Research Initiation Grant (SPRInG) Initiatives. Evaluation of a Clinical Intervention for Women with Postpartum Mood Disorders and their Infants. To evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot clinical intervention for high-risk women and infants using a multi-method assessment of maternal functioning, infant behavior, and mother-infant interactions.

Principal Investigator (2004-2005). Funder: John A. Hartford Foundation through the Boston University Aging Research Center. Midlife Daughters and Parent Care: The Role of Personality and Relational Processes in Caregiver Stress and Positive Adaptation. To investigate how personality and relational processes contribute to midlife daughters’ parent-care experience.

Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-contract (2003-2005). Grant from the Centers for Disease Control. Adolescent Dating Violence, Sexual Risk, and Pregnancy. (PI: Jay Silverman, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health).To provide expert advice and consultation on the qualitative component of this study.

Principal Investigator (2002-2005). Funder: Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Evaluation of Visiting Moms at Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea. To evaluate the efficacy of psychosocial interventions with at-risk immigrant and refugee mothers of infants at a Harvard Medical School-affiliated health center.

Principal Investigator (2001-2003). Funder: Boston University School of Social Work, Dean’s Fund. Program Evaluation of Home-Visiting Intervention for At-risk Mothers. To evaluate a relationship-based home-visiting program for new mothers.

Principal Investigator (1995-1997). Funder: Henry Murray Center at Radcliffe College, Early Mothering Experience and Personality Change. Dissertation research to investigate early motherhood experiences in women who were part of longitudinal study of adult development.

Advanced Research Training
Participant ( 2009, October). Crowell Procedure for assessment of parents and young children. Received training as a research reliable coder for a standard observer measure of caregiver-child interaction, Boston, MA.

Participant (2007, January ). Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research, Institute on Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs). Received training in writing a grant for an RCT at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Participant (2006, September). Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST). Received training as a research reliable coder for standard measure of caregiver-child interaction, Boston, MA.

Participant (2006, January). Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research, Institute on Psychosocial and Behavioral Intervention Research. Received training on development of research protocols for testing innovative interventions at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.

Participant (2004, July). National Institute of Health, Institute in Mixed Methods Research (competitive application). Received training in grant writing with focus on qualitative and quantitative methods; concept papers reviewed by project officers from NIH, Washington, D.C.

Faculty Participant (2001-2002). Boston University School of Social Work NIDA Minority Research Center. Received training on epidemiology, grant writing, funding sources, and research venues, Boston, MA.

Invited Symposia and Conferences
Participant, (2013, September). Military Families in Transition: Stress, Resilience and Well-Being, Forum on Health and National Security, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD.

Participant, (2013, June). International Research Symposium on Military Families, Military Family Research Institute, Indianapolis, IN.

Publications
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Speakman, E., Paris, R., Gioiella, M. E., Hathaway, J. (In Press). “I didn’t fight for my life to be treated like this!” The relationship between experience of cancer and intimate partner abuse, Health and Social Work.

Saper, R. B., Sherman, K. J., Delitto, A., Herman, P. M., Stevans, J., Paris, R., Keosaian, J. E., Cerrada, C. J., Lemaster, C. M., Faulkner, C., Breuer, M. & Weinberg, J. (2014). Yoga vs. physical therapy vs. education for chronic low back pain in predominantly minority populations: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial, Trials,15:67, DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-6.

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., & Ross, A. (2012). Build it together and they will come: The case for community-based participatory research with military populations. Advances in Social Work, 13(1), 149-165.
Paris, R., Acker, M., Ross, A., & DeVoe, E.R. (2011). When military parents come home: Building Strong Families Strong Forces, a home-based intervention for military families with very young children. Zero to Three, 32(2)36-43.

Paris, R., Bolton, R., & Spielman, E. (2011). Evaluating a home-based dyadic intervention: Changes in postpartum depression, maternal perceptions, and mother-infant interactions. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(3)310-338.

Amodeo, M., Griffin, M. & Paris, R. (2011). Women’s reports of negative, neutral and positive effects of growing up with alcoholic parents. Families in Society, 92(1), 69-76.

Taylor, C., Hamvas, L. & Paris, R. (2011). Perceived instrumentality and normativeness of corporal
punishment use among black mothers. Family Relations, 60, 60-72.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E. R., Ross, A.M., & Acker, M. (2010). When a parent goes to war: Effects of parental deployment on very young children and implications for intervention. American Journal of
Orthopsychiatry, 80(4), 610-618.

Paris, R., Bolton, R., &.Weinberg, M. K. (2009). Postpartum depression, suicidality and mother-infant
interactions. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 12(5), 309-321. DOI 10.1007/s00737-009-0105-2.

Paris, R., Spielman, E., & Bolton, R. (2009). Mother-infant psychotherapy: Examining the therapeutic process of change. Infant Mental Health Journal, 30(3), 301-319.

Paris, R. (2008). “For the dream of being here, one sacrifices…”: Voices of immigrant mothers in a home visiting program. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78(2), 141-151.

Gonyea, J., Paris, R., & Zerden, L. (2008). Adult daughters and aging mothers: The role of guilt in the experience of caregiver burden. Aging and Mental Health, 12(5), 559-567

Collins, M. E., Paris, R., & Ward, R. (2008). The permanence of family ties: Implications for youth transitioning from foster care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78(1), 54-62.

Paris, R., Gemborys, M., Kaufman, P. H., & Whitehill, D. (2007). Reaching isolated new mothers: Insights
from a home-visiting program using paraprofessionals. Families in Society, 88(4), 616-626.

Paris, R., & Bronson, M. (2006). A home-based intervention for immigrant and refugee trauma survivors:
Paraprofessionals working with high-risk mothers and infants. Zero to Three, 27(2), 37-45.

Paris, R., & Dubus, N. (2005). Staying connected while nurturing an infant: A challenge of new motherhood. Family Relations, 54(1), 72-83.

Paris, R., & Helson, R. (2002). Early mothering experience and personality change. Journal of Family Psychology, 16(2), 172-185.

Paris, R., & Bradley, C. L. (2001). The challenge of adversity: Three narratives of alcohol dependence recovery, and adult development. Qualitative Health Research, 11(5), 647- 667.

Book Chapters
DeVoe, E. R., Paris, R. & Ross, A. Enhancing parenting in military and veteran families (2012). In D. Snyder & C. Monson (Eds.), Couples- based interventions for military and veteran families: Promoting individual and relationship well-being. New York, NY: Guilford Publishers.

Paris, R., & DeVoe, E. R. (2008). Human needs: Family. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th edition). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Paris, R. (1990). Pediatric social work. In M. S. Jellinek & D. B. Herzog (Eds.), Psychiatric aspects of general hospital psychiatry (pp.56-60). Chicago, IL: Year Book Medical Publishers.

Book Reviews
Paris, R. (2003). Review of the book, Nurturing success: Successful women of color and their daughters. Family Relations, 52(2), 193-194.

Unpublished Reports
Quinlan, J., & Paris, R. (2006). Evaluation of Visiting Moms at Massachusetts General Hospital
Three Year Evaluation Report. Prepared for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Web-based Resources
Paris, R. (2013). Helping your child with difficult emotions and behaviors, Module 3. In Shore, P., Murphy, P.,Lai, W.P. & Weingardt, K.R., Parenting for Service Members and Veterans (Version 1.0). [Web-based
self-help course]. Retrieved from http://www.veteranparenting.org

Manuscripts Under Review and in Preparation
Bryant, S., Paris, R. & DeVoe, E. Partner attunement in military couples: Assessing empathic and behavioral responses during the deployment lifecycle. (To be submitted to Family Process, Summer, 2014).

Keosaian, J. E., Dresner, D., Godersky, M. E., Lemaster, C. M., Sherman, K. J., Paris, R., & Saper, R. B. “We’re All in This Together”: A qualitative study of predominantly low income minority participants in a yoga trial for chronic low back pain. (To be submitted to Annals of Family Medicine, Summer, 2014).

Paris, R., Herriott, A., & Holt, M. Outcomes from an attachment-based parenting intervention for mothers in substance abuse recovery. (To be submitted, Summer 2014).

Paris, R. , Mittal, G., Schottenfeld, L., Warsett, K. Embedding an evidence-based parenting intervention into substance abuse treatment, (To be submitted to Journal of Behavioral Health and Research, Spring, 2014).

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., Acker, M., & Ross, A. Strong Families Strong Forces: A home-based intervention for military families with young children. (Treatment manual under revision)

Juried Presentations
Spielman, E., Paris, R., & Sommer, A. (2014, May). The perinatal experience of mothers of substance-exposed newborns: Lessons from close listening. Presentation at Partners in Perinatal Health, 25th Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.

Paris, R. DeVoe, E., Acker, M., & Ross, A. (2014, March). Strong Families Strong Forces: Responding to the needs of military families with young children. Presented as part of symposium, Focusing the Military Cultural Lens: Adaptation of Evidence-Based Practice to Address Child Traumatic Stress in Military and Veteran Families, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, All Network Conference, Falls Church, VA.

Paris, R., Rosenblum, K., & Norona, C. R., & Grady, J. (2014, March). Screening and assessing trauma in infants and young children. National Child Traumatic Stress Network, All Network Conference, Falls Church, VA.

Mittal, G., Schottenfeld, L., Warsett, K., & Paris, R., (2014, January). Improving parent-child relationships in recovery: Exploring strategies for integrating an evidence-based parenting intervention into residential substance abuse treatment. Paper presentation as part of the symposium, Advancing Maternal and Infant Mental Health Research: Adapting and Infusing Evidence Based Practices Into Community Settings, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work, San Antonio, TX.

Paris, R. Gould, K., & Spielman, E. (2013, January). Project BRIGHT: Enhancing substance abuse treatment for mothers of young children with an attachment-based dyadic intervention, Presented at the National Training Institute of Zero to Three, San Antonio, TX

DeVoe, E. R., Ross, A., Acker, M., Paris, R., & Holt, M. (2013, August). Efficacy evaluation of a home-based reintegration program for military families with young children. Presentation as part of the Presidential Program— Effective Psychological Interventions for Military Children and Families, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Devoe, E.R., Paris, R. & Ross, A. (2013, August). Models for supporting military families in the community, Strong Families Strong Forces. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Finkelstein, N., Gould, K. & Paris, R. (2013, May). A treatment approach for young children of parents with co-occurring substance use disorders, mental health issues and histories of violence/trauma. Presentation at Innovations in Addictions: Integrating Systems and Services, Four Points Sheraton Norwood, Norwood, MA

Paris, R., Gould, K., Goldsmith, D., Briggs-King, E. (2013, April). From assessment to evaluation: Improving outcomes with traumatized children birth to six. Presentation at the Pre-Meeting Institute of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, All Network Conference, SAMHSA, Philadelphia, PA.

Paris, R., Schottenfeld, L., & Mittal, G. (2013, April). Enhancing substance abuse treatment for mothers with
an Attachment-based parenting intervention. Paper presentation as part of symposium at the bi-
annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Paris, R., Schottenfeld, L., & Mittal, G. (2013, January). Substance using mothers and parenting: Adapting an evidence-based model. Paper presentation as part of symposium, Interventions in the real world: A lot at stake, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

Ross, A.M., Kreida, E., Wennerstrom, B., Paris, R., & DeVoe, E. (2012, November). Implications of engagement and retention of home-based service delivery for military families: The Strong Families Strong Forces program. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.

Sommer, A., Paris, R., Stover, C.S., & Lieberman, A. (2012, March). Enhancing child-parent therapies for
fathers: Reaching and impacting a key population. Panel presentation at the National Child
Traumatic Stress Network, All Network Conference, SAMHSA, Baltimore, MD.

Paris, R., Connors, K, Kronenberg, M., & Van Horn, P. (2012, March). Integrating CPP principles into
diverse service settings: Perspectives from child welfare, early intervention and residential
substance abuse treatment. Panel presentation at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network,
All Network Conference, SAMHSA, Baltimore, MD.

Paris, R. (2012, January). Military couples and families coping with the deployment cycle. Symposium
convener, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington,
D.C.

Ross, A.M., Maynard, E., & Paris, R. (2012, January). Situated Mothering: The experience and role
transformation of non-deployed military mothers. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Ross, A.M., Bruder, K., & DeVoe, E.R. (2012, January). When a baby is born during deployment:
Experiences of mothers in military families. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Annual
Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Bryant, S., Paris, R., DeVoe, E.R. (2012, January). Partner attunement In military couples: Assessing empathic and behavioral responses during the deployment cycle. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Maynard, E., Ross, A.M.,& Paris, R.,DeVoe, E.R. ( 2011, December). Situated Mothering: Role
transformation for wives of deployed service members. Poster presentation at the Zero to Three
National Training Institute, Washington, DC.

Paris, R., Bruder, K., Ross, A.M. (2011, December). Postpartum experiences of military mothers.
Poster presentation at the Zero to Three National Training Institute, Washington, DC.

Acker, M., Paris, R., & DeVoe, E.R., (2011, December). Strong Families Strong Forces on the ground:
Home-based work with military families with very young children. Paper presentation at the Zero to
Three National Training Institute, Washington, DC.

Maynard, E., Ross, A.M., Paris, R., & DeVoe, E.R (2011, November). Situated mothering: Role
transformation for wives of deployed service members. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the
American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Goldberg, J., Gould, K., Spielman, E., Finkelstein, N. (2011, March). Trauma, substance
abuse, and parenting: Early findings from a study of mothers with young children in substance
abuse treatment. Chair, paper presentation and symposium convener at the bi-annual meeting of the
Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Paris, R. & Connors, K. (2011, March). Evaluating services for our youngest clients. Mini session presentation at the All Network Conference of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Baltimore, MD.

Paris, R. & DeVoe, E.R., (2011, January). Strong Families Strong Forces: Building a community driven home-based intervention for military families with young children. Moderator, paper presentation, and symposium convener at the Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, FL.

Heller, S., Bailey, L. & Acker, M, DeVoe, E., Paris, R. (2010, December). Clinical application of the
Crowell Parent-Child Structured Play Interaction procedure. Presentation at Zero to Three’s National Training Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

Paris, R., Ross, A, Maynard, E., & Bruder, K. (2010, December). Addressing postpartum depression in
the military: An outreach and education program. Poster presentation at Zero to Three’s National Training Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., & Acker, M. (2010, December). Supporting military families with young children: Progress report on the Strong Families Strong Forces program. Paper presentation at Zero to Three’s National Training Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., Acker, M., Lester, P., Mogil, C., & Cozza, S. (2010, November). Young children
in US military families: How are they doing and what are we doing about it? Panel presentation at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, Canada.

Ross, A., Paris, R., Prouty, D., Bryant, S., Maynard, E., & DeVoe, E. (2010, November). Cultural
responsiveness when working with the military: Community-based participatory approach to program development. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO.

Saper, R., Lawrence, R., Keosaian, J., Gardiner P., Markuns, J., & Paris, R. ( 2010, October). Qualitative study of low income minority yoga participants in a chronic low back pain trial. Poster presented at the
2010 Symposium for Yoga Research, Honesdale, PA.

Paris, R. & Devoe, E. (2010, March). Strong Families Strong Forces. Paper presented as part of the panel
“Understanding the Needs of Very Young Military Children.” International Conference on Infant
Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Ross, A., DeVoe, E., Paris, R., & Acker, M. (2010, March). Strong Families Strong Forces: Preliminary
findings from the development of a home-based reintegration program for OEF/OIF service members. Paper presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Paris, R. (2010, January). Informing and promoting maternal and infant mental health using multiple
methodologies: From inner worlds of experience to outer words of opportunity. Symposium Discussant, Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E., Spencer, R., & Ross, A. (2010, January). Military families with young children: Facing the challenges of deployment and reintegration. Moderator, Presenter, and Symposium Convener, Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E., & Acker, M. (2009, December). Servicing military families with young children:
Preliminary findings from the development of a home-based reintegration program. Paper Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero To Three, Dallas, TX.

Taylor, C., Hamvas, L., & Paris, R. (2009, November). Perceived instrumentality and normativeness of corporal punishment are key motivators for its use among low-income African-American parents. Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Ross, A., DeVoe, E., Bolton, R. & Paris, R. (2009, November). Strong Families Strong Forces: The intersection of preliminary steps in the development of a family-based program in partnership with OEF/OIF families with very young children. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

DeVoe, E., Paris, R., & Ross, A. (2009, November). From US warrior to preschool parent: Reintegration after deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan. Poster Presentation, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Gonyea, J.G., & Paris, R. (2009, July). Adult daughters and aging mothers: Caregiver role identity discrepancy, guilt and burden. International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology, XIX World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France.

Paris, R., Bolton, R.E., & Weinberg, M. K. (2009, April). “Early Connections” intervention for depressed
mothers and infants: Program description and outcomes. Chair, Presenter and Symposium Convener, Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Bolton, R.E. & Paris, R. (2009, April). Mothers perceptions of infants before and after a home-based dyadic
psychotherapy. Poster Presentation, Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Paris, R. & Bolton, R. (2009, January). Impact of maternal depression on mother-infant interactions: A
qualitative study. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, New
Orleans, LA.

Paris, R., Bolton, R., & Weinberg, M.K. (2009, January). Improvements in postpartum depression and mother-infant interactions: Findings from a pilot study of a home-based therapeutic intervention. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Bolton, R. & Paris, R. (2008, October). Symptom reduction among women enrolled in a dyadic home-based
therapeutic intervention for postpartum depression. Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting, American
Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.

Paris, R., Weinberg, M.K., & Bolton, R. (2008, January). Postpartum depression and mother-infant interactions: Findings from a study of a home-based therapeutic intervention. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting. Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Bolton, R., & Lee, J. (2008, January). Understanding how a home-based therapeutic intervention
helps women with postpartum depression and their infants. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Weinberg, M.K., & Bolton, R. (2007, December). Mood disorders and mother-infant interactions: Early findings from a study of a home-based therapy. Poster Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero to Three, Orlando, FL.

Gonyea, J., Paris, R., & Zerden, L. (2007, November). Adult daughters and aging mothers: The experience of guilt and caregiver burden. Paper Presentation, Annual Research Meeting, Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

DeVoe, E. R., Miranda, C., & Paris, R. (2007, July). Parenting processes, violence exposure and mental health in urban children. Poster Presentation, International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Paris, R. (2007, March). Immigrant/refugee mothers in a home-visiting program: Stories of loss, isolation, and adaptation. Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting, Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (2006, December). Voices of immigrant mothers: Experiences of Latina participants in a home-visiting program. Paper Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero to Three, Albuquerque, NM.

Paris, R., Alvarado, B., Bronson, M., Oo, S., Marable, D., & Miller, E. (2006, November). Experiences of Latina mothers in a home-visiting program: Stories of trauma and resilience. Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.

Spielman, E., Kaufman, P., & Paris, R. (2006, July). A multi-modal program for treating depressed new mothers, their babies and partners: What is it we do and how do we know? Workshop presented at the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Paris, France.

Paris, R., & Alvarado, B. (2006, January). Evaluation of a home-visiting program for high-risk mothers and infants. Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.

Miller, E., Decker, M., Reed, E., Hathaway, J., Raj, A., Paris, R., & Silverman, J. (2005, December). Condom nonuse in the context of partner violence: Voices of adolescent girls. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Paris, R., Bronson, M., Hirsi, F., & Ramao, R. (2005, November). A home-based intervention for immigrant trauma survivors: Mothers and infants at risk of attachment difficulties. Paper Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero to Three, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Alvarado, B., Oo, S., & Bronson, M. (2004, December). Innovative strategies for home-visiting interventions with high-risk immigrant/refugee mothers and infants. Poster Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero to Three, Sacramento, CA.

Silverman, J. G., Hathaway, J. E., Miller, E., Decker, M. R., Raj, A., & Paris, R. (2004, November). Teen dating violence, sexual risk and pregnancy: Experiences of female survivors. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Decker, M. R., Silverman, J. G., Hathaway, J. E., Rothman, E. F., Raj, A., & Paris, R. (2004, November). Dating violence, sexual risk, and pregnancy involvement: The perspectives of adolescent male perpetrators. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Spencer, R., & Dubus, N. (2004, January). Home-visiting support for at-risk mothers: The relationship makes it work. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R. & Dubus, N. (2002, December). Program evaluation of a relationship-based home visiting intervention for at-risk mothers: A qualitative study. Poster Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero to Three, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R., Kaufman, P., & Whitehill, D. (2002, December). A collaborative model of program evaluation: Shared visions and mutual respect. Poster Presentation, National Training Institute of National Organization Zero to Three, Washington, D.C.

Paris, R. & Dubus, N. (2002, June). The challenge of new motherhood: A qualitative evaluation of a home-visiting intervention. Paper Presentation, Research Forum, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley, MA.

Paris, R. & Bradley, C. L. (1998, November). The challenge of adversity: Themes of adult development in three narratives of late middle age. Paper Presentation Annual Meeting, Gerontological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA.

Paris, R. (1997, August). Motherhood in young adulthood: A path analytic prediction of satisfaction and personality change. Paper Presentation, Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Paris, R. (1995, November). Motherhood and ego-resiliency: A case study approach. Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting, National Council on Family Relations, Portland, OR.

Invited Presentations
Local/Regional
Paris, R. & Sommer, A. (2014, April). “Project BRIGHT: Enhancing substance abuse treatment for mothers of young children with an attachment-based dyadic intervention.” BUSSW, Professional Education Program. Boston, MA.

Paris, R. & Sommer, A. (2013, May). “Project BRIGHT: Enhancing substance abuse treatment for mothers and children with an Attachment-based trauma-informed intervention.” Staff training at Family Services of Rhode Island, Providence, RI.

DeVoe, E., & Paris, R. (2013, March). “Addressing the mental health needs of military families.” Conference presentation at Butler Hospital, Providence, RI.

Paris, R. (2012, December). “Findings from Project BRIGHT.” Presentation to staff of Center for Early
Relationship Support, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. & Mittal, G. (2012, November). “Update on evaluation findings from Project BRIGHT.” Presentation to Project BRIGHT Advisory Board, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E., Acker, M. & Ross, A. (2012, May). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Working with military families with very young children.” Staff training at Family Services of Rhode Island, Providence, RI.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E., & Acker, M. (2012, May). “Military families with young children: Experience of separation and deployment.” Presentation at Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology symposium, Beyond “Thank You for Your Service” Meeting the Needs of Returning Veterans and Their Families, Dedham, MA .

Paris, R. & Acker, M. (2010, November). “Separated by war: Building a relationship-based intervention for
military parents and young children.” Master class at the Infant Parent Training Institute, Jewish
Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. (2010, April). “Immigration and parenting: Lessons learned from immigrant mothers in a home visiting program.” Bridgewater State College, School of Social Work, Bridgewater, MA.

DeVoe, E., Paris, R., & Groves, B. M. (2010, April). “When a parent has gone to war: Building services for children in military families.” Annual Conference of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (co-sponsored with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), Boston, MA.

Paris, R. & Acker, M. (2010, April). “Working with military families.” Symposium presenters, National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter’s Symposium 2010, Framingham, MA.

Paris, R. (2009, October). “Evaluating a home-based dyadic intervention: Changes in postpartum depression, maternal perceptions, and mother-infant interactions.” Social Welfare Analysis Colloquium, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. & Ross, A. (2009, July). “Strong Families Strong Forces: BUSSW and BMC respond to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (2009, January). “Home-based treatment for women with postpartum depression and their infants: Findings from research and clinical practice.” Somerville Mental Health Center, Somerville, MA.

Paris, R. (2008, October). “Dislocation and trauma: Lessons learned from immigrant mothers in a home visiting program.” Boston University School of Social Work and School of Education Institute on Immigrants and Refugees, Boston, MA.

Paris, R., Kaufman, P., & Spielman, E. (2008, June). “Clinicians and researchers in collaboration: Studying the process of an intervention for women with postpartum depression and their infants.” Keynote presentation, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Advanced Summer Institute, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.

Paris, R. (2008, April). “’For the dream of being here one sacrifices…:’ Voices of immigrant mothers in a home visiting program.” Symposium, Home Visiting Initiatives Across Cultures and Continents, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. (2008, March). “Impact of postpartum depression on mother-infant interactions: Findings from a community sample participating in a home-based intervention.” Infant Parent Training Institute, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. (2007, March). “‘Because she listens to me:’ Latina immigrant mothers in a home-visiting program.” Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Infant Mental Health Training Institute, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. (2006, November). “Stories of immigration and adaptation: Latina mothers in a home-visiting program.” Boston College School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Spielman, E., Kaufman, P., & Paris, R. (2006, October). “What is it we do and how do we know?” Staff training, Center for Early Relationship Support, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. (2006, April). “Evidence-based practice: Current issues and teaching implications.” Faculty colloquium, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA.

Paris, R., & Bronson, M. (2005, October). “Home-visiting for immigrant trauma survivors.” Massachusetts Statewide Perinatal Summit, Worcester, MA.

Paris, R. (2005, May). “Building the civil society: Families and caregiving.” Jewish Family and Children’s Service annual meeting of the board of trustees, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R. (2005, March). “Family-centered social work practice: Thinking systemically in non-family focused settings.” Boston Area Field Instructor Seminar, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (2004, November). “Evaluating parenting education programs.” Multidisciplinary Perspectives on
Parenting Education, 12th Annual Conference, Children’s Trust Fund, A View From All
Sides. Marlboro, MA.

Paris, R., Alvarado, B., Oo, S., & Bronson, M. (2004, November). “MGH Chelsea Visiting Moms Program: Home visiting for high-risk mothers and infants.” Medical and mental health staff of Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Health Care Center, Chelsea, MA.

Paris, R. (2003, May). “MGH Chelsea Visiting Moms: Home-visiting intervention for high-risk mothers and infants.” Massachusetts General Hospital, Departments of Obstetrics and Pediatrics, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (2003, February). “What’s all the fuss about: Clinical practice with non-traditional families.” Social Workers Employed Less than Full-Time (S.E.L.F.), Newton, MA.

Paris, R. (2002, November). “Raising resilient children in a risky world.” Workshop sponsored by the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.

Kaufman, P., & Paris, R. (2001, December). “Practice and research collaborations: Partnerships that work.” Center for Social Work Research and Practice, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (2001, January). “Qualitative examination of women in recovery.” Qualitative Health Research Colloquium, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (1998). “Short-term focused therapy groups: Working with incest survivors.” Staff, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco, CA.

Paris, R. (1998, 1997, 1995). “Combining qualitative and quantitative analysis in social work research.”Dissertation Seminar, U.C. Berkeley, School of Social Welfare.

Paris, R. (1997). “Qualitative methods in behavioral science research.” Lecture presented in the class, Motivation and Learning, U.C. Berkeley, Department of Psychology, for Professor Martin Covington.

Paris, R. (1997, 1996). “Family therapy with adolescents.” Lecture presented in the class, Foundations of Social Work Practice, U.C. Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, for Professor Jewelle Taylor Gibbs.

Paris, R. (1996, April). “Motherhood and ego-resiliency.” Committee on Psychoanalysis, San Francisco, CA.

Paris, R. (1991, May). “Families and relational theory.” Stone Center, Self-in-Relation Conference, Oakland, CA.

Paris, R., & Hill, D. (1986). “Therapy groups for incest survivors.” Massachusetts General Hospital, Social Service Grand Rounds, Boston, MA.

National/International
Paris, R. (2014, April). “Breaking the intergenerational patterns of substance abuse and trauma: A dyadic attachment-based parenting intervention for substance using mothers and their young children.” Presentation at Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Paris, R. (2014, April). “An attachment-based parenting intervention for mothers in recovery and their young children.” Presentation at University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, MI.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E.R., Acker, M., & Ross, A. M. (2013, March). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Addressing the Needs of U.S. military families with young children through a home-based intervention.” Presentation at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E.R., Acker, M., Ross, A. M. (2012, November). “Strong Families Strong Forces: A home-based intervention for military families with young children.” Presentation at the CNA sponsored conference, Promoting the Resilience of Military Children Through Effective Programs, Washington, D.C.

DeVoe, E., Paris, R. & Acker, M. (2012, September). “Strong Families Strong Forces: A program to support
military families with young children.” Webinar presented through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Military Learning Community.

Paris, R. Bruder. K., Ross, A.M., DeVoe, E. (2011, September). “When a baby is born during deployment:
Experiences of mothers in military families.” Paper presentation at the 25th Annual Postpartum
Support International Conference, Seattle, WA.

Paris, R. (2011, September,). “Dyadic interventions for postpartum depression: Research and practice.”
Paper presentation at the 25th Annual Postpartum Support International Conference, Seattle, WA.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E., Acker, M. (2011, September). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Developing an
intervention for military families with young children.” Invited lecture at University of Washington,
School of Social Work., Seattle, WA

DeVoe, E. R., Paris, R., & Ross, A.M. (2011, July). “Strong Families Strong Forces: A home-based
reintegration program for military families with young children.” Invited presentation to the Military Family Research in Progress Review, Ft. Detrick, Frederick, MD.

DeVoe, E. & Paris, R. (2011, March). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Progress report.” Presented to the staff of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program at Ft. Detrick, Frederick, MD.

Connors, K., Stepka, P., & Paris. R. (2010, September). “Young children and trauma: Consultation with the military.” Web-based seminar part of the Service System Collaborations Speaker Series sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

DeVoe, E. & Paris, R. (2010, July). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Family-based intervention with traumatized service members and their very young children.” Military Operational Medicine Research Program Annual Meeting, Frederick, VA.

DeVoe, E. & Paris, R. (2010, April). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Developing a reintegration program for military families with very young children.” Military Family Research Institute, 2010 International Research Symposium on Military Families, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Paris, R. (2010, January). “Home-based services in the postpartum: Addressing isolation, depression, and maternal-infant relationships.” Center for Women’s Health Studies and Promotion, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel.

Paris, R. (2009, December). “Home-based services for isolated and depressed new mothers and their infants: Research findings and clinical implications.” Department of Clinical Psychology, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Paris, R. (2009, March). “Clinical interventions for postpartum depression: Research and practice.” Presentation at Psychiatric Grand Rounds, Institute of Living, Hartford, CT.

Paris, R., & Gonyea, J. (2005, May). “Guilt and burden in caring for elderly mothers: The Mills women’s caregiving relationships at age-61.” Mills Longitudinal Study Research Group, Berkeley, CA.

Professional Memberships
2005-present Society for Research in Child Development.

2003-present World Association of Infant Mental Health. Founding Member, Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health.

2002-present Zero to Three: National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families.

2001-present Society for Social Work and Research.

2001-2010 Jean Baker Miller Training Institute Research Network, Annual Research Forum
planning committee.

2004-2009 Council on Contemporary Families.

1990-present National Association of Social Workers.

1988-1998 Northern California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

1988-1998 California Society for Clinical Social Work