- Associate Professor, HDFS; Associate Director, Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence
Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the program of couple and family therapy at Michigan State University. He is currently involved in research focused on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino populations. He is the principal investigator of a R34 study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The primary goal of this investigation is to compare and contrast the differential treatment efficacy and cultural relevance of two culturally adapted versions of an evidence-based parenting intervention. As a core member of the MSU Violence Against Women Research and Outreach Initiative, his violence research focuses on the evaluation of cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors as well as Latino men who batter and abuse.
Dr. Parra-Cardona 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 Latino street children engaged in drug trafficking and prostitution, child and adult victims of sexual abuse and violence, federal adult probationers convicted for drug trafficking, Latino parents, and Latino youth involved in the justice system.
Dr. Parra-Cardona is a member of the board of directors of a leading family therapy institute in Mexico and Latin America (Centro de Investigación Familiar A.C; CIFAC) and adjunct clinical faculty and researcher in a leading family therapy institute in northern Mexico (Instituto Regional de Estudios de la Familia, IREFAM). He supports the state of Chihuahua in the implementation of parenting prevention programs as well as services for intimate partner violence (IPV). Most recently, Dr. Parra-Cardona was awarded the 2013 early career award by the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), based on his innovative work on cultural adaptation research.
- Video Introduction with Ruben Parra-Cardona 
- Webinar: Promoting Healing and Enhancing Family Strengths 
- Parra-Cardona, J. R., Escobar-Chew, A.R.*, Holtrop, K.*, Carpenter, G.*, Guzmán, R., Hernández, D., Zamudio, E. & González Ramírez, D. (2013). “En el grupo tomas conciencia (In group you become aware)”: Latino immigrants’ satisfaction with a culturally informed intervention for men who batter. Violence Against Women, 19 (1), 107-132. DOI: 10.1177/1077801212475338.
- Parra-Cardona, J. R., Domenech Rodríguez, M., Forgatch, M.S., Sullivan, C., Bybee, D., Tams, L., Holtrop, K.*, Escobar-Chew, A.R.*, Bernal, G., & Dates, B. (2012). Culturally adapting an evidence-based parenting intervention for Latino immigrants: The need to integrate fidelity and cultural relevance. Family Process, 51, 56-72. DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2012.01386.x
- Parra-Cardona, J.R., Holtrop, K.,* Córdova, D.,* Escobar-Chew, A.R.*, Tams, L., Horsford, S.*, Villarruel, F.A., Villalobos, G., Dates, B., Anthony, J.C., & Fitzgerald, H.E. (2009). “Queremos Aprender”: Latino immigrants call to integrate cultural adaptation with best practice knowledge in a parenting intervention. Family Process, 48, 211-231.
- Parra-Cardona, J.R., Córdova, D.*, Holtrop, K.*, Villarruel, F.A., & Wieling, E. (2008). Shared ancestry, evolving stories: Similar and contrasting life experiences described by foreign born and U.S. born Latino parents. Family Process, 47, 157-172.
- Parra-Cardona, J. R., Wampler, R. S., & Sharp, E. (2006). “Wanting to be a good father”: Experiences of adolescent fathers of Mexican descent in a teen fathers program. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32, 215-232.