Parissa Jahromi Ballard is a doctoral candidate in Developmental and Psychological Sciences at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on understanding positive social development during childhood and adolescence. In her dissertation, she examines the psychological characteristics and social conditions that support civic engagement among youth from immigrant backgrounds. She believes that civic engagement can contribute to healthier lives and that unequal access to civic opportunities is an important equity issue for young people. As a RWJ scholar, she hopes to investigate whether civic engagement promotes physical and psychological health among adolescents, under what conditions, and by what mechanisms. Parissa grew up in Maryland, earned a B.A. and an M.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University, and spent a year in the Netherlands as a Fulbright fellow before moving to California. Her favorite activities include traveling, looking for reasons to travel, and planning trips. She also enjoys hiking, tennis, dancing, and yoga.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
2009- present Developmental and Psychological Science- Child and Adolescent Development,
Stanford University School of Education- doctoral candidate
2006-2008 Master of Arts in psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
2002-2006 Bachelor of Arts in psychology, minor in sociology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
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Center for Health and Community
University of California at San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA 94143-0844
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