Associate Professor of Clinical Social Work Practice Director, Family Therapy, School of Social Work
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.