Shipra Parikh

Assistant Instructional Professor



  • 30100 Social Intervention: Direct Practice
  • 30200 Social Intervention: Research and Evaluation
  • 32700 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • 44212 Abuse-Focused Child Therapy and the Helping Relationship
  • 45032 Participatory Research: Exploration and Application of Action Research Models for Social Work Practice


Job experience

  • Provides Bilingual (Spanish/English) psychotherapeutic outpatient services focusing on developmentally, culturally appropriate, and systemic abuse-focused treatment of youth and their families 

  • Serves as the clinical supervisor of school based mental health services at Enlace, a community based, grassroots organization in the Little Village community of Chicago

  • Experience doing clinical social work in community based agencies and hospice centers abroad

  • Interest in community based research from a participatory framework

  • Clinical consultant and trainer, serving a variety of arts and social service organizations to pursue a more anti-oppressive client-based and responsive staff agenda

Fields of Special Interest

  • Complex, developmental trauma experiences in youth and adulthood
  • Cross-cultural and global social work models
  • Culturally humble, participatory research methods
  • Sexual and relational violence, community violence
  • Issues related to parenting and parent needs
  • Insight-oriented and relational clinical supervision and mentoring

Publications or presentations

  • Parikh, Shipra. (2013). “It Ain’t Just for the 40 Dollars”: Young Fathers’ Responses to the Interview Experience. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83(2-3), 303-318.

  • Parikh, Shipra. (2012). The Historical Context of Fatherhood. Choosing Fatherhood: America’s Second Chance. By Lewis Kostiner. Staunton, VA: GFT Publishing. 60-65.

  • Parikh, Shipra. (2008). Validating Reciprocity: Supporting Young Fathers’ Continued Involvement with Their Children. Families in Society90(3), 261-270.