Ross D. Parke, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Family Studies, has won the 5th annual Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award.

Students who wrote in support of his nomination described Parke as the ultimate academic who engages students at the beginning of their graduate careers and tailors new tasks to their growing capacities as researchers.

Parke completed his Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo. He joined the UCR faculty in 1990 after having taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin.

His research examines the social behavior of young children of various ethnic backgrounds in the context of peer and especially family systems. He has authored more than 200 books, articles and reviews, many in collaboration with the 18 UCR students who have completed Ph.D. dissertations under his direction.