Pari Shah

Pari Shah

PhD Student


addictions and substance use, aging and gerontology, clinical social work, evidence-based practice/implementation science, families and family systems, health and wellness, mental and behavioral health, suicide and suicide prevention, trauma

Professional Biography

Pari is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native, and she has a BA from Elon University in Human Service Studies with minors in Psychology and French. Pari has a MSW from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Health. During her master’s, Pari worked for the Gephardt Institute of Civic and Community Engagement, in which she mentored undergraduate students through their philanthropic fundraising pursuits. During her time in St. Louis, she also worked at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health on the program evaluation team for Project Launch Missouri. Her post-MSW experience includes working as a clinical social worker at a long-term care facility in Durham, North Carolina. Pari obtained her LCSW through working with adults coping with chronic illness and traumatic injuries. She continues to practice therapy with individuals coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, transition, chronic illness, end of life, and grief. Pari is interested in conducting research with adults involved in the integrated healthcare system. Pari hopes to work with researchers and local health partners in the Denver area to understand and work towards best practices for training and support for clinical staff, primarily for social workers and nurses. Often, nurses and social workers are working in high intensity healthcare environments in which trauma, loss, and grief are present. Pari believes that research with clinical healthcare staff will be impactful on patient quality of care and quality of life; thus, making a positive impact in individual and families' lives.



  • MSW, Washington University

Licensure / Accreditations

  • LCSW