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Dr. Parent at Tejas house for a discussion of precarious masculinity

Dr. Parent facilitated a discussion on precious masculinity to a packed room at the Tejas Club at the UT campus. Members and guests of Tejas were introduced to the idea of precarious masculinity–the idea that many men view manhood as something that has to be earned and maintained rather than being an aspect of their own, self-constructed identity–and discussed ways in which precarious manhood has been enacted in their own lives. The members of this forward-thinking and welcoming group were especially interested in ways that they can help each other grow and support one another.

To learn more about the Tejas Club, the premier men’s social organization at UT Austin, visit their web site at


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Dr Parent wins TWO mentoring awards from the American Psychological Association


In recognition of his mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Parent was awarded two separate mentorship awards in August, at the 2017 American Psychological Association Convention.

Dr. Parent received the APAGS Raymond D. Fowler award, and the Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology) Supervision and Training Section Early Career Supervisor/Trainer award. These awards recognize the effort and time that Dr. Parent puts into mentoring the next generation of behavioral and mental health service providers and researchers.

Tyler Bradstreet, in the photo above, nominated Dr. Parent for the mentorship awards, and letters of support were written by Dr. Parent’s students. Excerpts from the letters written in support of Dr. Parent include:

“I attribute my ability to consider therapy through an intersectional lens to Dr. Parent, as he champions recognizing that patients are not defined by singular identities but by the multitude of identities and experiences within them. This has helped me expand my conception of diversity. Without this, it would be easy to fall into a “one-size-fits-all” approach to therapy, leading to poorer outcomes for my patients.”

“During our supervision, Dr. Parent also focused on identifying the intersections of a client’s identity to improve my ability to modify my approach to best address the client’s presenting concern. I believe that my clinical skills and awareness of intersections of identity vastly improved through being supervised by Dr. Parent.”

“Dr. Parent has clearly demonstrated not only a commitment to providing professional support to his students, but a cohesive and positive working environment as well. All of my fellow students who have worked with him have remarked about the positive energy that he contributes to courses and to interactions with other faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.”

“I speak on behalf of fellow trainees and myself to the confidence, competence, and efficacy Dr. Parent fosters and creates.”

“I would not be the clinician I am today, nor would I be the type of psychologist I might become in the future without his influence and incessant challenges to push beyond limits I had previously considered impassable.”

“While known around our psychology department as an extraordinary researcher and professor, his prowess as a supervisor is unparalleled by others. I strongly believe that when Dr. Parent was my supervisor was when I become more confident in my clinical abilities, conceptualization skills, and overall identity as a therapist, and I am forever grateful I had that experience with him.”

Posted in publication

NEW e-Book — Graduate School in Psychology: Insights for Success

Are you interested in pursuing a career in psychology? We wrote this book to help people interested in graduate school in psychology learn about the many paths and programs available to them to become a health service psychologist. The topics covered in this book include:

  • Masters Degree in Psychology
  • Doctoral Degree in Psychology
  • Types of Schools
  • Applying to Doctoral Programs
  • Accreditation
  • Debt and Income
  • Choosing a Program
  • Planning for Success: Internships in Psychology
  • After Internship
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Mythbusters!

Written by Dr. Mike Parent and one of his students, Tyler Bradstreet, this book offers insights for success by not only giving tips for applying to grad school, but also understanding more about the profession and what it means for picking a graduate school!

If you are interested in this e-Book please click here or search for this book on! You can also get it in paperback if you prefer it that way! We truly hope that this book is useful and helpful to you in planning to pursue your future career as a psychologist! Also, here is a flyer for the e-Book as well.


Posted in awards, research

Dr. Parent receives NIH grant!


Dr. Parent was recently awarded an NIH grant for a research proposal regarding exploring non-prescription testosterone use among transgender female-to-males via the minority stress model. This project will also explore issues such as substance and alcohol use among FTM. This an amazing honor and recognition of the Dr. Parent’s strong research abilities, and will be a great opportunity for the GSHB lab to experience what its like working on an NIH-funded research project.


Parent (PI) NIH-NIDA R03 DA042226                                              Sep. 2016-Aug. 2017

Minority stress, substance/alcohol use, and non-prescription testosterone use among transgender female-to-males. Awarded.

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While at APA Denver 2016..

Here are a few of our presentations during the APA 2016 convention in Denver, CO.

Tyler Bradstreet – presenting research on how drive for muscularity impacts physical and global self concept, self-esteem, and ultimately depression and disordered eating.
Tyler Bradstreet – presenting research on men’s same gender friendships, their impact on self-esteem, and how conformity to masculine norm impacts these relationships.
Maggie Piper – presenting research on racial disparities in substance use between HS athletes and non-athletes.
Maggie Piper – presenting research on medical student self-care behaviors through exploring variables that influence perceived school stress.
Kiyra Crooks – presenting research on sexual orientation minority based disparities in adolescent obesogenic behaviors.