Ruth Paris

RuthParisAssociate Professor
Clinical Practice
Director, Family Therapy
Certificate Program
Phone: 617-353-7717
rparis@bu.edu

Education

BA (psychology and sociology), Clark University
MSW, Smith College
PhD (social welfare) University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

Courses Taught

CP 759    Introduction to Clinical Social Work Practice
CP 781    Clinical Social Work Assessment and Intervention
CP 785    Family Therapy
SR 904   Quantitative Clinical Research Methods

Scholarly Practice Interests

Therapeutic interventions for parents and young children; cross-cultural parenting; care giving over the life course; mixed methods research; family therapy practice and research

Selected Publications

DeVoe, E. R., Paris, R. & Ross, A. (2012) Enhancing parenting in military and veteran families. 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.

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., 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., 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., 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., Whitehill, D. (2007). Reaching isolated new mothers: Insights from a home-visiting program using paraprofessionals. Families in Society.

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).

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.

Selected Presentations

Paris, R., DeVoe, E., Acker, M. & Ross, A. (2012, May). “Strong Families Strong Forces: Working with military families with very young children.” 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paris, R., DeVoe, R., Spencer, R., & Ross, A. (January, 2010). Military families with young children: Facing the challenges of deployment and reintegration. Presentation at the annualmeeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA. (moderator and symposium convener)

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

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

Paris, R., Bolton, R.E., & Weinberg, M. K. (April, 2009). Early Connections” intervention for depressed mothers and infants: Program description and outcomes. Presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO (chair and symposium convener).

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

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

Paris, R. (2008, October). Dislocation and trauma: Lessons learned from immigrant mothers in a home visiting program. Presentations at the 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 at the 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. Presentation at the symposium, Home Visiting Initiatives Across Cultures and Continents, Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham, MA.

Paris, R., Weinberg, K., & Bolton, R. (2007, December). Mood disorders and mother-infant interactions: Early findings from a study of a home-based therapy. Presentation at the National Training Institute of 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. Presentation at Gerontological Society of America Annual Research Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Devoe, E.R., Miranda, C., & Paris, R. (July, 2007). Parenting processes, violence exposure and metal health in urban children. Poster presented at the 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 presented at the Society for Research of Child Development, Boston, MA.

Paris, R. (2006, December). Voices of immigrant mothers: Experiences of Latina participants in a home-visiting program. Presentation at the National Training Institute of 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 presented at the Annual Meeting of the 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., Bronson, M., Hirsi, F. & Ramao, R.(2005, November). A home-based intervention for immigrant trauma survivors: Mothers and infants at risk of attachment difficulties. Presentation at the National Training Institute of Zero to Three, Washington, D.C.

Selected Grant Activity

Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-contract. (2009-2012). Funder: SAMHSA (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). Family-Based Intervention With Traumatized Service Members and Their Young Children. Grant from the Department of Defense (PT074928), $1,583,844. The primary goal of this research project is to develop and test the effect of a family-based intervention designed to mitigate the adverse impact of PTSD in soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) on the soldier parent-child relationship. (PI: Ellen DeVoe, MSW, Ph.D.)

Principal Investigator. (2005-2008): Primary Prevention for Very Young Children: Studying the Intervention Methods of a Home-Based Parent-Infant Treatment. Two year grant from the Centers for Women at Wellesley College to evaluate a home-based treatment for women with postpartum mood disorders and their infants.

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

Principal Investigator. (2002-2005): Evaluation of Visiting Moms at MGH Chelsea.

Three year grant funded by the Jesse du Pont Family Foundation to evaluate the efficacy of psycho-social interventions with at-risk immigrant and refugee mothers of infants at a Harvard affiliated health center.

Consulting and Professional Activities

Qualitative Research Consultant, Harvard School of Public Health, Impact of Domestic Violence on Cancer Treatment, Jeanne Hathaway, M.D., M.P.H., Principal Investigator 2005-2007

Research consultant, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Center for Early Relationship Support, Waltham, MA, 2002-present

Co-Convenor. Jean Baker Miller Training Institute Research Network. 2000-present

Consulting Editor, Families in Society, 2003-present

Awards and Honors

Newhouse Fellowship, 1991

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

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, 1997

Licensure and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of California

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, State of Massachusetts