Dr. Paul Perrin

Dr. Paul Perrin

Associate Professor
Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology
800 W Franklin, rm 201
(804) 827-3894

Associate Professor (tenured)
Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology (primary), and Clinical Psychology (secondary)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
PhD (2011), University of Florida


Research Interests

The fundamental goal of my research is to bring culturally sensitive and empirically supported behavioral health services to underserved populations experiencing marginalization and oppression. I believe that disparities in mental and physical health are one of the most shocking and inhumane forms of oppression and that the academic and medical communities have a central role to play in their alleviation. With this aim, my research line of “social justice in health” encompasses three interrelated facets. These are: (a) cultural, familial, and international approaches to disability rehabilitation and adjustment, particularly in underserved and minority communities; (b) oppression’s (racism, heterosexism, stigma, etc.) influence on mental and physical health; and (c) social justice approaches to understand and dismantle oppression.

Selected Publications

Perrin, P. B., Krch, D., Sutter, M., Snipes, D. J., Arango-Lasprilla, J. C., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S. A., Wright, J., & Lequerica, A. (2014). Racial/ethnic disparities in mental health over the first two years after traumatic brain injury: A model systems study. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 95, 2288-2295.
Perrin, P. B., Morgan, M., Aretouli, E., Sutter, M., Snipes, D. J., Ramirez Hoyos, G., Arabia Buraye, J., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2014). Connecting health related quality of life and mental health in dementia caregivers from Colombia, South America. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 39, 499-509.
Perrin, P. B., Bhattacharyya, S., Snipes, D. J., Calton, J. M., & Heesacker, M. (2014). Interventions for creating LGBT allies: Testing a model of privilege investment. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 241-251.
Perrin, P. B., Stevens, L. F., Sutter, M., Hubbard, R., Díaz Sosa, D. M., Espinosa Jove, I. G., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2013). Exploring the connections between traumatic brain injury caregiver mental health and family dynamics in Mexico City, Mexico. PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, 5, 839-849.
Perrin, P. B. (2013). Humanistic psychology’s social justice philosophy: Systemically treating the psychosocial and health effects of racism. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53, 52-69.

Recent Courses

  • Health Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Experimental Methods in Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Community Intervention: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, graduate level
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Health, graduate level
  • Advanced Multivariate Methods in Psychology, graduate level

Recent Grants

A Culturally Sensitive Intervention for TBI Caregivers in Latin America. Principal Investigator. April, 2014-March 2016. Fogarty International Center (FIC). R21, TW009746, $242,858.
The Next Generation of Disparities Researchers: An International Training Program in Bilbao, Spain. Principal Investigator. July 2014-June 2015. Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office. Departmental Study Abroad Program Award, $20,000.


  • Samuel M. Turner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology, APA-Division 12, 2017
  • Outstanding Research Award, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014

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