Associate Professor, Clinical Practice
Director, Family Therapy Certificate Program
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
CP 759 Introduction to Clinical Social Work Practice
CP 772 Clinical Practice with Families
CP 785 Family Therapy
CP 791 Seminar: Family Therapy
SR 904 Quantitative Clinical Research Methods
Scholarly Practice Interests
Attachment-based therapeutic interventions for parents and young children; Trauma and early childhood in vulnerable populations; Substance dependence and parenting; Cultural issues in parenting; Maternal and early childhood mental health; Mixed methods research; Community-based participatory research
Paris, R., Sommer, A., & Marron, B. (In press). Project BRIGHT: An attachment-based intervention for opioid-dependent mothers and their young children. In M. Muzik & K. L. Rosenblum (Eds.), Motherhood in the face of trauma: Pathways toward healing and growth. Springer.
DeVoe, E. R., Paris, R., *Emmert-Aronson, B., *Ross, A., & Acker, M. (2016). A randomized clinical trial of a post-deployment parenting intervention for service members and their families with very young children. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000196
Paris, R., Herriott, A., Holt, M. & Gould, K. (2015). Differential responsiveness to a parenting intervention for mothers in substance abuse treatment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 50, 205-217, DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.09.007
Speilman, E., Herriott, A., Paris, R., & Sommer, A. (2015). Building a model program for substance-exposed newborns and their families: From needs assessment to intervention, evaluation and consultation. Zero to Three Journal, 36(1), 47-56.
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.
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.
Paris, R. (2016, July) Evaluation lessons from Project BRIGHT: A therapeutic parenting intervention embedded in SUD treatment. Invited presentation at Pregnant and Postpartum Women Summit, CSAT, SAMHSA, Rockville, MD.
Paris, R., DeVoe, E., *Emmert-Aronson, B., Acker, M., & *Ross, A. (2016, June). Relationships between military fathers and their young children: Exploring the impact of deployment and trauma. Presentation at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic.
Paris, R. & *Herriott, A. (2016, May). Perceived parenting stress and competence in substance dependent mothers: The importance of trauma and reflective functioning. Presentation at the 15th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic.
Paris, R. & Sommer, A. (2016, March). Dyadic psychotherapy with traumatized substance dependent mothers and their young children. Invited presentation at Hebrew University School of Social Work.
Paris, R. & *Herriott, A. (2016, January). Exploring the impact of substance misuse, trauma and mental health on parenting young children. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.
Paris, R. & Sommer, A. (2015, September). “Project BRIGHT: Addressing parenting challenges for mothers in substance abuse treatment with their young children.” Invited Presentation, Florida Department of Children and Families, 2015 Child Protection Summit, Orlando, FL.
Paris, R., Fryer, L., Herriott, A., & Levy, R. (2015, August). Perceptions of parenting changes by substance- dependent mothers of young children after a dyadic intervention. Presented as part of a symposium, Exploring reflective functioning in at-risk mothers of young children, R. Paris (chair), at the 7th International Attachment Conference, New York, New York.
Paris, R. & Sommer, A. (2015, July). Project BRIGHT: Enhancing parenting capacities for mothers in substance abuse treatment. Presentation at the 23rd Annual Colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Boston, MA.
Paris, R., Herriott, A., & Linden, K. (2015, January). Shame, stigma and maternal concern: Understanding motivation for treatment in substance abusing pregnant and postpartum women. Presented as part of a symposium, Mother With Addictions: Examining The Interplay Among Substance Misuse, Parenting And Environmental Processes, R. Paris (chair), at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
Spielman, E., Sommer, A., & Paris, R. (2014, December). Understanding substance exposed newborns and their families: Lessons from research and clinical practice. Presentation at the National Training Institute, Zero to Three, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Selected Grant Activity
2016-2021: Principal Investigator of Boston University Subcontract. Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Building Resilience Through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together III (Project BRIGHT III), (PI: Norma Finkelstein, Ph. D., Institute for Health and Recovery). To evaluate Project BRIGHT III, which will provide trauma-informed, evidence-based interventions to young children birth to 6 and their parents in recovery from substance use disorders.
2016-2021: Principal Investigator of Boston University Subcontract. Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranos (EC/CT) (PI: Eda Spielman, Psy.D., Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston, Center for Early Relationship Support). To evaluate EC/CT, a community intervention for trauma exposed young children and their parents.
2014-2016: Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-contact. Funder: NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Exploring Veteran’s Family Relationships in a Yoga Trial for Low Back Pain. Sub-study of randomized controlled trial, Yoga for Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain (PI: Robert Saper, MD, MPH, Boston Medical Center, R01 AT005956-04S1). To study the impact of chronic low back pain on veterans and family members and evaluate yoga intervention.
2012-2017: Principal Investigator. Funder: Svenson Family Foundation via Jewish Family and Children’s Services 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.
2012-2016: Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-Contract. 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.
2009-2012: Principal Investigator of Boston University Sub-contract. 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.
2008-2012: Co-Investigator. 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.)
2008-2012: Principal Investigator. 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.
2005-2007: Principal Investigator. 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.
Consulting and Professional Activities
2011-2014: Qualitative Research Consultant for R01 (NIH/NCAM, 1R01AT005956-02), Boston University School of Medicine, Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Minority Populations (PI: Robert Saper, M.D., M.P.H.).
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, Harvard School of Public Health, Impact of Domestic Violence on Cancer Treatment, Jeanne Hathaway, M.D., M.P.H., Principal Investigator
2002-present: Research consultant, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Center for Early Relationship Support, Waltham, MA
Awards and Honors
2016-2021: Faculty Participant, SAMHSA-funded Behavioral Health Curriculum Development Initiative (competitive application to build and evaluate child-focused curricula for schools of social work)
2016-2017: Subject Matter Expert, SAMHSA-funded Mid-America ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (ATTC CoE-PPW)
2016: Fulbright Specialist Grant, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel
2014 – present: Inaugural Fellow, Society for Social Work and Research
2010: Susan Hickman Memorial Research Award, Postpartum Support International
2010: Top 20 Most Influential Social Work Professors, www.mastersofsocialwork.org
Licensure and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of California
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, State of Massachusetts