RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Child and Adolescent Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Education
Area(s) of Expertise:
Positive Youth Development, Civic Engagement, Prosocial Behavior, Immigrant-Origin Youth Development
Parissa Jahromi Ballard received her doctoral degree 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 an RWJF Health & Society 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.