PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cohort Five Fellow

Academic Mentor
Steve Marshall
Professor/Director, Department of Epidemiology Injury Prevention Research Center

Policy Mentor
Teri Covington
Director, Within Our Reach

Current Institutional Affiliation
Alaska Department of Health and Human Services: Senior Epidemiologist, Alaska Birth Defects Registry/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Program

Areas of Expertise

Survival Analysis or Hazard Models, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Regression Modeling,


Dr. Parrish received his doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently the senior Maternal and Child Health epidemiologist in the Alaska Division of Public Health. His research focuses on quantifying the influence of systematic error on effect estimates, data integration, and incorporating novel methods for applied surveillance with an emphasis on improving timeliness, efficacy, and utility of data that lead to prevention. Dr. Parrish developed the Alaska Longitudinal Child Abuse and Neglect Linkage Project which is a mixed-design strategy for estimating the cumulative incidence of maltreatment.
As the senior MCH epidemiologist, Dr. Parrish provides scientific oversight to the Alaska Birth Defects Registry, and Alaska Maternal Child Death Review programs. He also serves on multiple local and national committees and task forces including co-chairing the Alaska Statewide Violence and Injury Prevention Partnership. Dr. Parrish holds an Adjunct faculty position at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he teaches introduction to epidemiology and also initiated and chairs the Alaska R Users group. In his free time, Dr. Parrish enjoys rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, and running.