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Justin M. Parent

Assistant Professor

Psychology; Center for Children and Families

Office: AHC1 236


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Parent’s program of research is centered around asking fundamental questions about 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 lab aims to understand how enhancing family well-being (e.g., parenting, parental psychopathology, coparenting) alters stress-related physiological systems among at-risk youth and potentially ameliorates the biological embedding of adversity. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop biological-informed, personalized approaches for risk identification and prevention, together resulting in the reduction of health disparities. Dr. Parent is the author of over 60 articles, and his research is currently supported by grants from NIMHD and NICHD and has been recognized through several awards (e.g., NIH/OBSSR’s Early Stage Investigator Award).

Research Areas

  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Parenting
  • Epigenetics
  • Mindfulness
  • Children's screen media activity


  • PhD, Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Vermont
  • Clinical Internship, Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Vermont