Luis Parra

Luis Parra

Major Professor: Dr. Paul Hastings and Dr. Amanda Guyer


Biological, Cognitive and Social-Emotional

Life Phases 
Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood

Research Profile


B.A., Psychology (California State University, Northridge)

M.S., Child Development, University of California, Davis 

Research Interests

Luis Armando Parra, M.S., is a Human Development Ph.D. Candidate and an NSF Research Fellow in the Department of Human Ecology and an affiliate of the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. He studies the effects of discrimination on psychosocial adjustment within an allostatic load framework in individuals who belong to multiple marginalized social groups (e.g., LGBTQ Latinx individuals)

Selected Publications:

Parra, L. A., Bell, T.S., Benibgui, M., Helm, J. L., & Hastings, P. D. (2017). The Buffering Effect of Peer Social Support: Peer Support, Family Rejection, and Psychosocial Adjustment in LGB Emerging Adults. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi:10.1177/0265407517699713.

Parra, L. A., Benibgui, M., Helm J. L., & Hastings P. D. (2016). Minority Stress Predicts Depression in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults via Elevated Diurnal Cortisol. Emerging Adulthood, 4(5), 365-372.