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Parra-Cardona to present second Jurich social justice lecture on Sept. 17

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ruben Parra-Cardona

Ruben Parra-Cardona

Ruben Parra-Cardona, whose research focuses on mental health services to underserved Latino/a populations, will present the second Jurich Lecture on Social Justice at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, on the Kansas State University campus.

Parra-Cardona will speak on "Building Bridges of Social Justice: Embracing prevention research to support Latino/a communities in the U.S. and Mexico."

The event at the K-State Student Union is sponsored by the marriage and family therapy program in the College of Human Ecology.

Parra-Cardona is associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Families, Doctoral Specialization in Family Therapy, at Michigan State University. He also serves as associate director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence.

His research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), compares and contrasts the differential treatment efficacy and cultural relevance of two culturally adapted versions of an evidence-based parenting intervention. His violence research focuses on the evaluation of cultural relevance of services for Latino survivors as well as Latino men who batter and abuse.

Additionally, he collaborates with Mexican professionals to implement community-based programs to train mental therapists in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua city, Monterrey and Mexico, D.F.

The lecture series honors Tony Jurich, a professor who taught in the School of Family Studies and Human Services for more than 39 years before his death in 2010.

This article was posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, K-State Family Center.