Melinda Parisi Cummings

PhD

Assistant Professor
Education

PhD, Counseling Psychology, Fordham University
MSEd, Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Psychology, Villanova University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Counseling and Guidance Theory
Culminating Experience
Internship I, II, and III
History and Systems of Psychology
Psychopathology and Diagnosis using the DSM (beginning Spring 2018)
Advanced Developmental Psychology (beginning Spring 2018)
Consultation: Theory & Practice (beginning Summer 2018)

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

I believe that students need to deeply engage with the material in order to truly learn. Toward this end, I incorporate diverse instructional methods to promote active learning and critical thinking skills. Every student has a different preferred learning method, and using a variety of teaching approaches increases the likelihood of engaging and motivating each student in some way. It is also essential to ensure that students feel that what is being taught is relevant to them and that they will be able to apply what they have learned to their work. Wherever possible, I bring real-life examples of situations I have experienced – some poignant, funny, frightening, or humbling - into the classroom in an effort to make the material come alive.

Recent Presentations/Publications

 

Parisi, M., Stack, L., Miller, M., & Keitel, M. (2017). Counseling women with eating disorders. In Kopala, M., & Keitel, M. (Eds.), Handbook of counseling women (2nd Ed.).  New York:  Sage Publications.

Parisi, M. (2014, July 1). Challenges to treatment of eating disorders in children. Gurze-Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue. Retrieved from https://www.edcatalogue.com/challenges-treatment-eating-disorders-children/

Keitel, M.A., Parisi, M., Whitney, J.L., & Stack, L.F. (2010). Salient stressors for mothers of children and adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 18 (5).

Parisi, M. (2009). Eating disorders, self-injury and adolescent identity development. New Jersey Psychologist, 59.

 

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Psi Chi
YWCA Princeton “Tribute to Women” award, 2004
Walter F. Gips, Jr. Grantwriting Award, Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 2004

Additional Info

Conference Presentations

 

Whitney, J., Keitel, M., & Parisi, M. (2016, September). Treating boys with anorexia: Clinical issues and supporting family caregivers. Breakout session at the annual National Eating Disorders Association Conference, Chicago.

Whitney, J., Keitel, M., Ponterotto, P., Parisi, M., Gerstel-Friedman, J., Wertz, H., & Ting, L. (2016, August). Caring for a son with anorexia: The psychosocial impact on mothers. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver.

Stack, L., Keitel, M., Zusho, A., & Parisi, M. (2012, August). Predictors of distress in parents of a child with anorexia nervosa. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando.

Keitel, M., Parisi, M., Miller, M., Stack, L., & Tesser, R. (2011, August). Fathers of children diagnosed with anorexia nervosa: A qualitative investigation. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Keitel, M., Parisi, M., Stack, L., & Miller, M., Whitney, J., & Tesser, R. (2010, October). The psychosocial impact of a child’s Anorexia Nervosa on parents: Part II. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the National Eating Disorders Association, New York.

Miller, M.L., Whitney, J.L., Stack, L.F., Keitel, M.A., Parisi, M., & LaCasse, S.P. (2010, August). Anorexia nervosa: Effects on the relationship between mothers and fathers. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego.

Parisi, M. & Keitel, M. (2010, June). The psychosocial impact on mothers of a child's anorexia nervosa. Poster session presented at the annual Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, Salzburg, Austria.

Parisi, M. (2010, February). Eating disorders and adolescent identity development: The role of the school counselor. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.

Keitel, M., LaCasse, S., Stack, L., Parisi, M., Whitney, J., & Miller, M. (2009, October).  Anorexia nervosa: The role of the school counselor. Workshop presented at Guidance Expo, Westchester, New York.

Parisi, M., Whitney, J., Keitel, M., Stack, L, LaCasse, S., Miller, M. (2009, September). In their own words: The psychosocial impact of a child’s anorexia nervosa on mothers. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the National Eating Disorders Association, Minneapolis.

Keitel, M., Parisi, M. Whitney, J., Stack, L., LaCasse, S., Miller, M., & Palmeri, T. (2009, August). Mothers of children with anorexia nervosa: A qualitative investigation. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto.

Stack, L, LaCasse, S., Miller, M., Whitney, J., Keitel, M. & Parisi, M. (2009, May). Mothers’ reflections on the factors contributing to their child’s anorexia nervosa. Presentation at the annual meeting of the New York State Psychological Association, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Parisi, M. (2009, April). Eating disorders and adolescent identity formation: A developmentally-informed approach to assessment and treatment. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the New Jersey Counseling Association, Somerset, NJ.

Parisi, M. (2008, February). Eating disorders and adolescent identity development. Presentation at the Fordham University Psychological Services Institute Conference, “Self-Injury, Eating Disorders and Suicidality: Understanding Adolescent Self-Destructiveness,” New York, NY.

Dealy, M., D’Onofrio, A. A., Grieger, I., Keitel, M. A., & Parisi, M. (2008, February). Panel discussion at the Fordham University Psychological Services Institute Conference, “Self-Injury, Eating Disorders and Suicidality: Understanding Adolescent Self-Destructiveness,” New York, NY.

 

Licenses

Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist
New Jersey Licensed Psychologist

 

 

Melinda Parisi Cummings
Contact
Office: NWT
Phone: 267-341-4015