Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work (SHSSW) at the University of Texas at Austin. At the SHSSW, he serves as the Coordinator for Initiatives in Mexico and Latin America, as well as Co-Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA). His primary research focus is on the cultural adaptation of prevention parenting interventions for underserved low-income immigrant Latino/a communities. This research has a strong focus on addressing men’s controlling behaviors by engaging fathers in gender-based informed parenting interventions. His first cultural adaptation study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and focused on first-generation immigrant families living in Detroit. He is currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to extend this work with Latino/a immigrant families with adolescent children. Dr. Parra-Cardona has used the experience gained in these US-based studies to collaborate with Mexican institutions and state governments in the implementation of parenting prevention programs of research, as well as intimate partner violence initiatives.
Parra-Cardona JR. Healing through Parenting: An Intervention Delivery and Process of Change Model Developed with Low-Income Latina/o Immigrant Families. Fam Process. 2019 Mar;58(1):34-52. doi: 10.1111/famp.12429. Epub 2019 Feb 20. PubMed PMID: 30786004; NIHMSID:NIHMS1029480.
Parra-Cardona R, López-Zerón G, Leija SG, Maas MK, Villa M, Zamudio E, Arredondo M, Yeh HH, Domenech Rodríguez MM.A Culturally Adapted Intervention for Mexican-Origin Parents of Adolescents: The Need to Overtly Address Culture and Discrimination in Evidence-Based Practice. Fam Process. 2018 Aug 3;. doi: 10.1111/famp.12381. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30076593; NIHMSID:NIHMS1029481.
Parra-Cardona R, Leijten P, Lachman JM, Mejía A, Baumann AA, Amador Buenabad NG, Cluver L, Doubt J, Gardner F, Hutchings J, Ward CL, Wessels IM, Calam R, Chavira V, Domenech Rodríguez MM. Strengthening a Culture of Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Balancing Scientific Expectations and Contextual Realities. Prev Sci. 2018 Jul 30;. doi: 10.1007/s11121-018-0935-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30058025; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6353698.
Parra-Cardona JR, Zerón GL, Villa M, Zamudio E, Escobar-Chew AR, Rodríguez MM. Enhancing Parenting Practices with Latino/a Immigrants: Integrating Evidence-based Knowledge and Culture According to the Voices of Latino/a Parents.Clin Soc Work J. 2017 Mar;45(1):88-98. doi: 10.1007/s10615-016-0589-y. Epub 2016 Jun 1. PubMed PMID: 28337047; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5358511.
Parra-Cardona JR, Bybee D, Sullivan CM, Rodríguez MM, Dates B, Tams L, Bernal G. Examining the impact of differential cultural adaptation with Latina/o immigrants exposed to adapted parent training interventions. J Consult Clin Psychol.2017 Jan;85(1):58-71. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000160. PubMed PMID: 28045288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5215866.
Parra-Cardona JR, López-Zerón G, Domenech Rodríguez MM, Escobar-Chew AR, Whitehead MR, Sullivan CM, Bernal G. A Balancing Act: Integrating Evidence-Based Knowledge and Cultural Relevance in a Program of Prevention Parenting Research with Latino/a Immigrants. Fam Process. 2016 Jun;55(2):321-37. doi: 10.1111/famp.12190. Epub 2015 Oct 26. PubMed PMID: 26503301; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4846592.