Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Family & Child Ecology
3 D Human Ecology
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States of America

Office (517) 432-2269
Fax (517) 432-2953

Research Keywords
  • Prevention research
  • Cultural Adaptation research
  • violence against women
  • substance abuse
  • fatherhood
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2005


José Rubén Parra-Cardona, Ph.D.

José Rubén Parra-Cardona, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Texas Tech University
M.A. Syracuse University
B.A. ITESO University, Guadalajara

Research Statement

Dr. Parra-Cardona is currently involved in research focused on the cultural adaptation of community-based prevention interventions for Latinos, as well as the development of theoretical frameworks for the study of abusive and violent behaviors among Latinos. He collaborates with researchers from the Oregon Social Learning Center (i.e., OSLC) in the cultural adaptation of an intervention known as Parent Management Training Oregon (i.e, PMTO), which is an intervention developed with NIH funding and that has proven to be efficacious in the prevention of substance and delinquency among children and youth. Dr. Parra-Cardona has recently received funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University to conduct research on Latino men engaged in treatment for violence against women. Parra-Cardona has a solid background in qualitative methodologies. His dissertation consisted of a descriptive phenomenological qualitative study of Mexican American teen fathers involved in the justice system, and he was awarded the national dissertation award by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. He also serves on the editorial boards of three leading journals in the fields of family therapy and family studies (i.e., Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Process, and Family Relations). Dr. Parra-Cardona’s clinical experience has included the provision of services to victims of sexual abuse and violence, as well as federal adult probationers convicted for drug trafficking. He completed his doctoral internship serving in a community based program for ethnic minority youth and families involved in the justice system. He is currently affiliated with the program Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) of Washtenaw County Catholic Social Services and co-facilitates group treatment for perpetrators of violence against women.

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Recent Publications

Parra-Cardona, J. R., Sharp, E., & Wampler, R. S. (In Press). Changing for My Kid: Fatherhood experiences of Mexican-origin teen fathers involved in the justice system. Submitted to Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Parra-Cardona, J.R., Córdova, D., Holtrop, K., Villarruel, F.A., & Wieling, E. (In Press). Shared ancestry, evolving stories: Similar and contrasting life experiences described by foreign born and U.S. born Latino parents. Submitted to Family Process.

Behnke, A. O., Taylor, B. A., & Parra-Cardona, J. R. (In Press). “I Hardly Understand English, But…”: Mexican origin fathers describe their commitment as fathers despite the challenges of immigration. Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Parra-Cardona, J.R., Meyer, E.M., Schiamberg, L.B., & Post, L.A. (2007). Elder abuse and neglect in Latino families: An ecological and culturally relevant theoretical framework for clinical practice. Family Process, 46, 451-470.