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  • The road to where I am now...

    My name is Pari Shah, and I am a PhD Student at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work. I begin my career in the social sciences when I was an undergraduate student at Elon University in North Carolina studying Human Service Studies. I spent my undergraduate years navigating various internships, with juvenile justice and adoption and foster care, as well as serving on the board of Elon's first Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. 

    In obtaining my MSW at Washington University in St. Louis, I began my personal development in regards to, "who is Pari as a social worker"? I narrowed my interest into health social work, and began diving deeper into clinical learning in direct practice as well as program evaluation at the macro level. I find myself often walking in the middle ground of research and direct practice. I have found that I value macro level as well as micro level work, and my passion is fueled by the cyclical influence that these systems have on one another. My post-MSW experience includes working as a clinical social worker at a long-term care facility in Durham, North Carolina. I obtained my LCSW through working with adults coping with chronic illness and traumatic injuries.

    Currently, I practice therapy with individuals coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, transition, chronic illness, end of life, and grief. I am interested in conducting research with adults involved in the integrated healthcare system in order to reduce medical staff burnout while improving patient outcomes. Last, I am a product of those who have mentored and guided me through this journey in social work, and I consider myself to be a mentor as well as a life-long learner. I am a firm believer of leading a values-based profession through the disciplines of research, clinical practice, and academia.

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    University of Denver

    Graduate School of Social Work


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