- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia
- Master of Science in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Master of Science, University of Georgia
- Bachelor of Arts, King College
Parsons is a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His chosen field of research can best be described as cognitive neuroscience. Presently, he is testing physiological and cognitive behaviors as possible indicators of guilty knowledge that may be used as alternatives to traditional polygraph measures.
Parsons has a range of both clinical and research experiences that he brings to his courses. He is a certified batterer's treatment provider and runs groups for batterers as well as for men who are in a deferred prosecution program for community violence (also known as anger management). The rest of his private practice includes couples therapy (where there is no violence) and alcohol and drug counseling. In terms of research, he is currently pursuing research related to sexual violence on college campuses and monitoring success rates for certified domestic violence treatment programs. Previously, he has completed research relating to errors in eye witness identification and improvements to traditional polygraph techniques.