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Carisa Katherine Perry-Parrish, M.A., Ph.D.

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Director of Training, Child Clinical & Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Expertise: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pediatric Burns, Pediatric Dermatology, Psychologist

Research Interests: Emotion regulation; Integration of mental health in primary care; Acceptance and mindfulness-based treatments to improve self-regulation more

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The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, 12 North
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  • Director of Training, Child Clinical & Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Centers & Institutes



  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychiatry Child Psychiatry (2008)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychology (2009)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Perry-Parrish is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; she is also Training Director of the postdoctoral child/pediatric psychology fellowship program. Dr. Perry-Parrish specializes in improving emotion regulation in children and adolescents. Her clinical interests emphasize practicing and promoting evidence-based care, including parent management training for childhood noncompliance, cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth anxiety/depression, and acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions to improve self-regulation. Dr. Perry-Parrish’s research program, which has been supported by NIH, focuses on investigating the development of emotion regulation among youth, and how emotion and coping processes are related to psychosocial functioning. Current projects focus on normative development of emotion regulation across childhood and adolescence; association between emotion regulation and psychosocial functioning; and novel methods of assessing emotion regulation (e.g., peer nominations). Work with colleagues includes improving self-regulation through mindfulness instruction (MBSR) for vulnerable youth; and assessment and improvement of physical and psychosocial functioning among youth with medical conditions (e.g., eczema, sweat disorders, burn injuries). Dr. Perry-Parrish received her doctorate in Developmental and Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine. She completed her predoctoral internship training at the Children’s Hospital at Stanford & Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto, CA. She completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Selected Publications

  1. Zeman, J., Cassano, M., Perry-Parrish, C., & Stegall, S. Emotion regulation in children and adolescents. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2006;27: 155-168.
  2. Cassano, M., Zeman, J., & Perry-Parrish, C. Influence of gender on parental socialization of children's sadness regulation. Social Development. 2007; 16: 210-231.
  3. Zeman, J., Perry-Parrish, C., &Cassano, M. Parent-child discussions of anger and sadness. In Special Issue: Focus on Gender: Parent and Child Contributions to Socialization of Emotional Competence. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. 2010.
  4. Perry-Parrish, C., & Zeman, J. Relations among sadness regulation, peer acceptance, and social functioning in early adolescence: The role of gender. Social Development. 2011; 20: 135-153.
  5. Perry-Parrish, C., Waasdorp, T., & Bradshaw, C. Peer nominations of emotional expressivity among urban children: Social and psychological correlates. Social Development. 2011.
  6. Morelen, D., Zeman, J., Perry-Parrish, C., & Anderson, E. Children's emotion regulation across and within nations: A comparison of Ghanaian, Kenyan, and American youth. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 2011.
  7. Perry-Parrish, C., & Sibinga, E.M.S. (accepted 2013). Mindfulness meditation. To appear in Functional Symptoms in Pediatrics (ed. R. Anbar).
  8. Sibinga, E.M.S., Perry-Parrish, C., Chung, S., Johnson, S.B., Smith, M., & Ellen, J.M. (accepted 2013). School-based mindfulness instruction for urban male youth: A small randomized control trial. To appear in Preventive Medicine.
  9. Sibinga, E.M.S, Perry-Parrish, C., Thorpe, K., Mika, M., & Ellen, J.M. (accepted 2013). A small mixed-method RCT of mindfulness instruction for urban youth. To appear in EXPLORE: Journal of Science and Healing.
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