Pilar Parra

Cornell Academic Staff


Pilar A. Parra is a Research Associate, Senior Lecturer at the Division of Nutritional Sciences and in the Latino Studies Program in Cornell University. She received B.A.and M.A. degrees in Puebla, Mexico, and a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received post-doctoral training at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University.

Research Focus

Dr. Parra’s research examines the role of immigration, acculturation and poverty in the health status of minority populations. The focus of her research is one of disease and risk prevention, with special emphasis on applied research to design and test interventions to achieve long-term health behavior change. She has been awarded grants from the National Institute for Mental Health, the US Department of Agriculture, the Social Science Research Council, and has published on health related issues