Dr. Ruth Paris publishes new work in Infant Mental Health Journal and is awarded two new grants

Earlier this year, Institute Associate Director for Research, Dr. Ruth Paris published two articles in the Infant Mental Health Journal, both of which examine parenting stress in different contexts. The first looks at the roles of trauma and reflective functioning in parenting stress and competence among mothers of young children with substance use disorders. The second article examines the protective effects of social support and family functioning on parenting stress among Hispanic/Latino/a American immigrant parents with traumatic life experiences.

In the past year Dr. Paris has also been awarded two new grants as Principal Investigator. One grant, awarded in Fall 2022, is a collaboration with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston to conduct a Process and Outcome Evaluation of Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas II, a program which offers culturally adapted evidence-based interventions for primarily immigrant trauma exposed young children and their parents. The second grant, awarded earlier this Spring, is for an impact evaluation of a workforce development initiative in Massachusetts designed to build behavioral health services capacity for young children and their families.