Dr. Parent's program of research explores the mechanisms through which families influence child adaptive and maladaptive development with the goal of optimizing intervention and prevention outcomes. A recent focus of his research has been on examining how early adversity exposures (e.g., poverty, parental psychopathology, neglect, and abuse) are transduced into molecular events controlling the expression of neuroregulatory genes, which in turn guide brain development, calibrate stress reactivity, and influence the development of psychopathology.
His laboratory at FIU develops and tests family-based preventative intervention programs for at-risk children while simultaneously investigating how epigenetic processes functionally mold developmental plasticity in response to early environmental experiences. Dr. Parent is the author of over 45 research articles, is an associate editor of Journal of Child and Family Studies, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for the past six years to conduct his research.
- Ph.D., Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Vermont
- Clinical Internship, Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- B.A., Psychology, University of Vermont
- Developmental Psychopathology
- Prevention and early intervention