Dr. Paul Perrin
Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology
800 W Franklin, rm 201
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.
- Do certain racial/ethnic groups cope better with traumatic brain injury?
- Students visit Spain to study health disparities
- A focus on the family is a core value in many Latino cultures, and healthy family functioning can help alleviate the burden and depression that many traumatic brain injury caregivers in Mexico experience.
- Many health problems and disabilities disproportionately affect ethnic minority communities. But what can rehabilitation specialists do to change that?
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.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- 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
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