Gilbert Parra

Gilbert Parra

Gilbert Parra

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A., Psychology, New Mexico State University

Gilbert grew up in a small town in Southern New Mexico. He received his B.A. in Psychology from New Mexico State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. He has held faculty positions at the University of Memphis and the University of Southern Mississippi and most recently was a Research Scientist at Boys Town.

His work focuses on the complex interrelations between family factors and processes and the emotional health of youth. He is particularly interested in emotional injuries, relationship repair processes, and forgiveness in families. He recently appeared on The Kathleen Dunn Show which airs on Wisconsin Public Radio. He discussed a recent paper on Apologies in Close Relationships.

Gilbert is married to Natalie Williams and they have two young children (Olivia and Benjamin). Olivia recently started kindergarten and he feels like he is still recovering from the experience. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and watching the NBA playoffs.

Dr. Parra currently supervises student research in the following program areas: