Carrigan Parish

Carrigan Parish

Carrigan Parish

Oral Health Epidemiology
Associate Research Scientist
Sociomedical Sciences


1120 NW 14th St Office 1033
Miami FL US 33136


Dr. Carrigan Parish is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health at the Miami Research Center. Dr. Parish earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and as a Phi Beta Kappa initiate. She graduated from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2009 with her DMD degree, and then completed an additional year of residency training in special needs dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental School, with an emphasis on treatment of developmentally disabled, medically compromised, and emergency patients in both the clinical and hospital settings. Dr. Parish is also currently working on completing her PhD program in Epidemiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Parish is a public health dentist specializing in access to oral health care for medically compromised and underserved individuals, including those who are HIV-positive. She also has a strong research interest in prescription drug abuse in the dental setting, about which she recently published a manuscript in Addiction with media attention from U.S. News and World Reports, amongst others. She has also published in American Journal of Public Health, Special Care Dentistry (for which she serves as a reviewer), JAIDS, and Preventing Chronic Disease. Many of these manuscripts report on the findings from her study team's nationally representative survey of U.S. dentists regarding their practices of, attitudes towards, and willingness to conduct chair-side medical screenings in the dental setting, a topic which she continues to pursue. Through her involvement with the Women's Interagency HIV Study, a cohort study that has been following HIV-positive and high risk HIV-negative women for decades, her dissertation will focus on assessing oral health related quality of life and dental care utilization among HIV-positive and HIV-negative women and examine how these factors are related to perceived dental treatment needs, socioeconomic factors, risk behaviors, and medical care utilization in a cohort of HIV-positive women over time.


BA, 2005, University of California at Berkeley
DDS, 2009, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Other, 2010, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine GPR
PhD, 2017, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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Parish, C.L., Pereyra, M., Abel, S.N., Siegel, K., Pollack, H.A., Metsch, L.R. Intimate partner violence screening in the dental setting: Results of a nationally representative survey. J Am Dent Assoc 2017. [In Press].
Parish, C.L., Siegel, K., Liguori, T., Abel, S.N., Pollack, H.A., Pereyra, M.R., Metsch, L.R. HIV Testing in the Dental Setting: Perspectives and Practices of Experienced Dental Professionals. AIDS Care 2017. [In Press]. Doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1367087
Parish, C, Santella, A. A Qualitative Study of Rapid HIV Testing and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Competency in the Oral Health Setting: Practices and Attitudes of New York State Dental Directors. Accepted by Oral Health Prev Dent on December 20, 2016.
Parish CL, Pereyra M, Pollack HA, Cardenas G, Castellon P, Abel SN, Singer R, Metsch LR. Screening for drug misuse in the dental care setting: findings from a nationally representative survey of dentists. Addiction 2015; 110(9): 1516-23.
Parish CL, Siegel K, Pereyra M, Liguori T, Metsch L. Barriers and Facilitators to Dental Care among HIV-Infected Adults. Spec Care Dent 2015; 35(6): 294-302.
Parish CL, Singer R, Abel SN, Metsch LR. Addressing the oral healthcare needs of special needs children: pediatric nurses' self-perceived effectiveness. Spec Care Dentist 2014; 34(2): 88-95.
Pollack HA, Pereyra M, Parish CL, Abel S, Messinger S, Singer R, Kunzel C, Greenberg B, Gerbert B, Glick M, Metsch LR. Dentists' Willingness to Provide Expanded HIV Screening in Oral Health Care Settings: Results from a Nationally Representative Survey. Am J Public Health 2014; 104(5): 872 - 880.
Feinstein-Winitzer RT, Pollack HA, Parish CL, Pereyra MR, Abel SN, Metsch LR. Insurer Views Regarding Reimbursement of Preventive Services in the Dental Setting: Results from a Qualitative Study. Am J Public Health 2014; 104(5): 881-7
Jannat Khah DP, McNeely J, Pereyra MR, Parish C, Pollack HA, Metsch L, Shelley DR. Dentists self perceived role in offering tobacco cessation services Results from a nationally representative survey. Prev Chronic Dis 2014; 11:140186.
Metsch LR, Pereyra MR, Messinger S, Jeanty Y, Parish CL, Valverde E, Cardenas G, Boza H, Tomar S. Results of the SMILE Study: A randomized controlled trial of the effect of a brief case management intervention to link HIV-positive persons to oral health care. Am J Public Health 2015; 105(1): 77-84.

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