Justin Parent

Justin Parent

Education and Training

  • 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

Research Interests

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.

Select Publications

Parent, J., Parade, S. H., Laumann, L., Ridout, K. K., Yang, B., Marsit, C. J., Seifer, R., & Tyrka, A. R. (2017). Dynamic stress-related epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene promoter during early development: The role of child maltreatment. Development & Psychopathology, 29, 1635-1648. doi:10.1017/S0954579417001298

Parade, S. H., Parent, J., Rabemananjara, K., Seifer, R., Marsit, C. J., Yang, B., Zang, H., & Tyrka, A. R. (2017). Change in fkbp5 methylation over time among preschoolers with adversity. Development & Psychopathology, 29, 1627-1634. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417001286

Parent, J., Forehand, R., Pomerantz, H., Peisch, V., & Seehuus, M. (2017). Father participation in child psychopathology research. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 1259-1270. doi: 10.1007/s10802-016-0254-5

Forehand, R., Parent, J., Peisch, V. D., Sonuga-Barke, E., Breslend, N. L., Long, N., & Abikoff, H. B. (2017). Does parent ADHD moderate outcomes of behavioral parent training for preschool ADHD? Findings from a randomized controlled trial of specialized and generic programs. Behavior Research & Therapy, 97, 163-169. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2017.08.002

Parent, J., & Forehand, R. (2017). The Multidimensional Assessment of Parenting Scale (MAPS): Development and psychometric properties. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2136-2151. doi: 10.1007/s10826-017-0741-5

Parent, J., Sanders, W., & Forehand, R. (2016). Youth screen time and behavioral health problems: The role of sleep duration and disturbances. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 37, 277-284. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000272

Parent, J., McKee, L. G., Rough, J. N., & Forehand, R. (2016). The association of parent mindfulness with parenting and youth psychopathology across three developmental stages. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 191-202. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-9978-x.

McKee, L. G., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Rakow, A., Watson, K. H., Dunbar, J. P., Hardcastle, E., & Compas, B. E. (2014). Reducing youth internalizing symptoms: Effects of a preventative intervention on parental guilt induction and youth cognitive style. Development & Psychopathology, 26, 319-332. doi: 10.1017/S0954579413001016

Forehand, R., Lafko, N., Parent, J., & Burt, K. B. (2014). Is parenting the mediator of change in behavioral parent training for children’s externalizing problems? Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 608-819. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2014.10.001

Forehand, R., Jones, D. J., & Parent, J. (2013). Behavioral parenting interventions for child disruptive behaviors and anxiety: What’s different and what’s the same? Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 133-145. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2012.10.010