Staff Spotlight: Donna S. Parrish, LCSW

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Name: Donna S. Parrish, LCSW

Position: Counselor

Division/Program in department: Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Personal Assistance Service (PAS)

Start date: 05/28/2019

Years at Duke: 1 and ½. I worked as a student intern at Duke while in graduate school at Chapel Hill and then as a psychiatric social worker.

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: I worked as an outpatient therapist with Carolina Partners in Mental Healthcare in Durham and Cary.

What I will be doing in this role: I will be providing short-term assessment, counseling, and referrals to faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. 

What I most look forward to in this role: I enjoy helping people of all ages find the support and resources they need to live a happier and balanced life. I look forward to getting to know my talented colleagues better.

My first job: When I was 12, I was a volunteer candy striper at my local hospital. I delivered flowers and cards to patients. 

My dream job: I would love to own an inn on the coast in New England.

What I like to do for fun: I spend time with my family, friends, and dogs (Max and Bennie). I like to listen to live music, travel, garden, knit, write, and do puzzles. I volunteer with several dog rescue groups.

Favorite musician, movie, TV show, or book: I like to watch HGTV. Most of the books I read are self-help books. I like all kinds of books and movies.

Something my co-workers probably don’t know about me: I used to work in prime-time comedy at Capital Cities/ABC in Los Angeles.