Parra-Cardona, José Rubén Ph.D.


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Associate Professor


552 W Circle Dr, Room 3d Human Ecology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824

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Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University; M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University; B.S. Clinical Psychology, ITESO University, Guadalajara, Mexico, (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente)


Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the family therapy program at Michigan State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies. He is also Associate Director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (RCGV). He is currently involved in NIDA-funded research focused on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino/a populations. This program of research was previously funded by NIMH. He also conducts research focused on examining the cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors and Latino men who batter. Dr. Parra-Cardona serves on the editorial boards of three leading journals in the fields of family therapy and family studies (Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Process, and Family Relations).

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural adaptation
  • Drug use prevention
  • Parenting
  • Gender-based violence in Latino/a populations