Virginia (Ginny) Parret, Ph.D.

Dr. Parret is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served as a Behavioral Health Faculty member at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage since July 2011. Dr. Parret is supervising clinical psychologist for Providence Family Medicine Center, primary care clinic which offers integrated behavioral health services. She also serves as faculty for the APA accredited – Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium (ak-pic.org). Dr. Parret earned her doctoral degree from the University of Alaska (UAA-site) in Clinical-Community Psychology with an Emphasis in Indigenous and Rural Areas. She completed her dissertation titled: Meeting the Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors in Alaska: Survivors’ and Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives. Her clinical interests include health psychology, integrated behavioral health in primary care, and women’s health across the lifespan. She has a particular interest and passion for identifying and working with women and partners who experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) during prenatal and postpartum period. She enjoys the challenge of attempting to improve health through psychosocial interventions for diverse and underserved patient populations. She has completed the following additional trainings: Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Behavioral Science Fellowship in 2014; Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health through the University of Massachusetts; and Certification in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. One of Dr. Parret’s favorite aspects of her job is working with residents to teach behavioral health interventions to use with patients and supervise clinical psychology students who work to deliver integrated behavioral health services within the residency affiliated primary care clinic. Dr. Parret and her husband (both life-long Alaskans) enjoy spending time together doing outdoor activities, various home-improvement projects and chasing after their 2 young sons (Calder & Henrik) who keep them on their toes!