Parisa Kaliush, M.S.

Clinical Psychology Extern

 Parisa is a 4th-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Utah. She received her B.A. in psychology at Dickinson College and M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Utah. She has provided evidence-based care to young adults at the University of Utah Counseling Center and completed comprehensive psychological assessments with teens at the Utah State Hospital. Her research and clinical interests largely inform each other. These interests include maternal mental health and the transition to parenthood, including parent-child relationships and women's experiences with sleep disruption and suicidality during pregnancy and postpartum. In addition, Parisa is interested in how women's experiences with trauma across the lifespan are related to their health and relationships during the transition to parenthood.

Some of Parisa's Research:
Recently, I earned an NIH predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) to fund research that likely will inform my dissertation. My funded project is titled, "Daily dynamics of suicide risk, dysregulation, and sleep disruption across the transition to parenthood." Here is a brief summary about the project: "Suicide is the second leading cause of death among new mothers. Women who experience poor sleep and have difficulties recognizing and regulating their emotions may be more likely to have suicidal ideation during the transition to parenthood. This project will use innovative methods to examine how women's sleep, emotion dysregulation, and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors fluctuate from pregnancy to postpartum in order to identify possible emergence of suicidality and prevent maternal distress and self-harm-related deaths." I have just started data collection for this project and therefore do not have any publications to share.

Here's a publication from my lab that highlights some of the work we are doing: Intergenerational transmission of emotion dysregulation: Part I. Psychopathology, self-injury, and parasympathetic responsivity among pregnant women.

Psychology-related books that Parisa recommends:
Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D.
Recommended for health professionals who work with individuals who have experienced trauma -- it was a game-changing book for me when I first started working at a psychiatric hospital and decided that I wanted to pursue this field.

The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey
Recommended for clinical scientists who want a better understanding of epigenetics and "nature-nurture" interactions -- I read this book for one of my graduate courses and find it really entertaining and easy to digest.

Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion by Yana Suchy
Another book that I read for a graduate course and really enjoyed -- sometimes I reference the text when conceptualizing my clients' symptom presentations.

The Oxford Handbook of Emotion Dysregulation edited by Theodore P. Beauchaine and Sheila E. Crowell
Recommended for clinical scientists who want a more comprehensive understanding of emotion dysregulation -- it was co-edited by UCEBT's co-founder, Sheila, which is super exciting! And I helped write chapter 7!


Parisa's Recommended Apps:
I have found the phone app CBT-i Coach to be helpful when working on improving my sleep. I recommend for anyone who's experiencing sleep difficulties, like difficulties falling or staying asleep.
Recently, I joined the Sweat community! Sweat is a fitness and nutrition app that has helped motivate me to stay active and eat healthily during COVID-19. It's not free, which may be a barrier for some individuals. The cost is less than a gym membership per month, though, which was good enough for me!