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Carisa Parrish, Ph.D., M.A.

Carisa Parrish, Ph.D., M.A.

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  • Co-Director, Pediatric Medical Psychology
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavioral Medicine, Child Development and Behavioral Health, Pediatric Burns, Pediatric Dermatology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychologist, Psychotherapy more

Research Interests

Emotion regulation; Integration of mental health in primary care; Acceptance and mindfulness-based treatments to improve self-regulation; child and parent coping with pediatric health conditions more

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Appointment Phone: 410-614-2401
1800 Orleans St.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, 12 North
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-7674 | Fax: 410-955-8691


Dr. Parrish is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the Director of the Pediatric Health Psychology programs, Co-Director of the Pediatric Medical Psychology program, and Training Director of the postdoctoral child/pediatric psychology fellowship program. Dr. 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. She is the director of behavior medicine services for the Pediatric Burn Program (Director: Alejandro Garcia, MD), Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis Program (Director: Alicia Neu, MD), Division of Pediatric Dermatology (Director: Anna Grossberg, MD), and Center for Sweat Disorders (Director: Malcolm Brock, MD).

Dr. 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. more


  • Co-Director, Pediatric Medical Psychology
  • Director of Training, Child Clinical & Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Director of Behavior Medicine, Pediatric Burn Program
  • Director of Behavior Medicine, Pediatric Dermatology
  • Director of Behavior Medicine, Sweat Disorders Center
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Psychiatry Child Psychiatry; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Parrish’s research program focuses 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). She is currently examining parent and child responses to pediatric burn injuries, and how parental socialization of emotion may explain family adjustment to this stress.

Selected Publications

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Perry-Parrish, C. & Fauerbach, F. (in press). Self-management of burns. In E. Martz (ed.), Promoting self-management of chronic impairments: Theories and practice. Oxford University Press

Webb, L., Stegall, S., Mirabile, S., Zeman, J., Shields, A., & Perry-Parrish, C. (2015). The management and expression of pride: Age and gender effects across adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 1-27. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.06.009

Perry-Parrish, C., Webb, L., Zeman, J., Spencer, S., Malone, C., Borowski, S., Reynolds, E., Hankinson, J., Specht, M., & Ostrander, R. (2015). Anger Regulation and Social Acceptance in Early Adolescence: Associations with Gender and Ethnicity. Journal of Early Adolescence. 10.1177/0272431615611255

Perry-Parrish, C., & Zeman, J. (2011). Relations among sadness regulation, peer acceptance, and social functioning in early adolescence: The role of gender. Social Development, 20, 135-153

Perry-Parrish, C., Waasdorp, T., & Bradshaw, C. (2011). Peer nominations of emotional expressivity among urban children: Social and psychological correlates. Social Development. 20(1), 135-153. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9507.2009.00568.x

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Parent Management Training
    Johns Hopkins Division of Child Psychiatry
    2010 - 2016

Activities & Honors


  • NIH Loan Repayment Award in Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities, 2009 - 2011
  • Emerging Women's Leadership Program, Johns Hopkins, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, 2013 - 2013
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