Parinda Khatri, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer at Cherokee Health Systems (CHS). CHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center and licensed Community Mental Health Center that provides comprehensive primary care, behavioral health, dental, optometry, pharmacy, and outreach services to over 70,000 people in Tennessee. With twenty-one clinics and over 30 outreach sites in urban and rural areas of the state, CHS serves diverse communities, including rural Appalachian, inner-city/urban, Refugee and New American populations, and has HRSA-funded designations to care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, migratory and seasonal agricultural workers, and residents of public housing. CHS’ commitment to high quality, innovative, and patient-centered care has been recognized by awards from HRSA, NCQA, and the National Center for Primary Care. CHS is a national leader in the integration of primary care and behavioral health and provides consultation and technical assistance to healthcare organizations and professionals across the country. CHS is also an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Tennessee, and a noted leader in training and education of health professionals in community health.
Dr. Khatri earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and master’s and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in clinical psychology. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She has held teaching appointments at Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Texas A & M University, and the University of Tennessee. Prior to her role as CEO, she served as Chief Clinical Officer at CHS, where she provided oversight and guidance on clinical quality, program development and management, workforce development, clinical research, and clinical operations for blended primary care and behavioral health services within the organization. She has been Principal Investigator of several research and education programs at CHS, including the NIH funded All of Us Research Program and Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. She presents and publishes in the areas of integrated primary behavioral health, behavioral health policy, health equity, and population health. She has been awarded the Susan P. Smith Award of Excellence by the Tennessee Primary Care Association, the Don Bloch Award by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, and the Excellence in Education and Teaching award by the Society of Health Psychology.