Gilbert Parra Associate Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

As an associate professor of child, youth and family studies, Gilbert Parra specializes in the complex interrelations between family factors and processes and the emotional health of youth. He is particularly interested in emotional injuries and relationship repair processes; emotional health, including depression; and Structural Equation Modeling, including person-centered methodology.

Parra earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from New Mexico State University and his master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri. He completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. He has held faculty positions at the University of Memphis and the University of Southern Mississippi, and also served as a research scientist at Boys Town.