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Ballard, Parissa Jahromi

Parissa ( is a [former] doctoral candidate studying child and adolescent development through the developmental and psychological sciences (DAPS) program at the Stanford University School of Education. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University. Her research interests center on understanding and promoting positive development during childhood and adolescence and the role of contexts, such as schools, in development. Her recent work focuses on youth civic development: how do life experiences affect civic behaviors and attitudes for diverse youth? She explored this interest as a Fulbright fellow in the Netherlands where she studied identity development as well as cultural influences on youth civic participation. She also researches social behaviors and peer relationships among young children.

Starting summer of 2013: Postdoctoral Researcher at
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar Program

Starting fall 2015: Research Scientist
University of California, Berkeley

People Affiliation: 

Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine