Parsa Najmaie

Parsa Najmaie is a research assistant working with the Redleaf Center for Family Healing and the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry’s Cognitive Training Imaging and Precision Psychiatry (CoTIPP) laboratory. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. At Redleaf, Parsa helps coordinate a maternal cognition study that seeks to explore whether pregnant women and mothers’ own awareness of their emotional well-being and thinking skills is helpful to them or not. She came to the Redleaf Center to channel her passion for the science behind family healing and gain strengths-based clinical research experience. Her personal research interests include social and neural correlates of risk and the promotive and protective factors that foster resilience in vulnerable early childhood populations. Outside of work, Parsa is a competitive, nationally-ranked powerlifter for USA Powerlifting and has a passion for promoting physical strength as a means of resilience for all women.