Paul Perrin, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Perrin

Director, Health Psychology
800 W Franklin, rm 201
(804) 827-3894

Professor (tenured)
Director, Health Psychology Doctoral Program
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
Ph.D. (2011), University of Florida

Doctoral Program Affiliations

Primary: Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology 
Secondary: Clinical Psychology 


Research Interests

I believe that disparities in the context of disability and 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 area of “social justice in disability and health” encompasses three facets: (a) cultural, familial, and international approaches to disability rehabilitation and adjustment, particularly in underserved and minority populations with neurological conditions; (b) social determinants of health (e.g., stigma, access to integrated care, personal and collective strengths); and (c) social justice approaches to understand and dismantle oppression. If you are considering applying to work with me as a PhD student, please read more about the process on the Social Justice in Disability and Health Lab applicant page.

Select Publications

Jones, H. A., Perrin, P. B., Heller, M. B., Barnett, C., & Hailu, S. (2018). Black psychology graduate students’ lives matter: Using informal mentoring to create an inclusive climate amidst national race-related events. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 49, 75-82.
Perrin, P. B., Morlett-Paredes, A., Olivera, S. L., Lozano, J. E., Leal, W. T., Ahmad, U. F., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2017). Multiple mediation path model of pain’s cascading influence on physical disability in individuals with SCI from Colombia, South America. NeuroRehabilitation, 40, 553-560.
Perrin, P. B., Norup, A., Caracuel, A., Bateman, A., Tjørnlund, M., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2017). An actor-partner interdependence model of acquired brain injury patient impairments and caregiver psychosocial functioning: A dyadic-report, multinational study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 279-293.
Perrin, P. B., Panyavin, I., Morlett, A., Premuda, P., Aguayo, A., Macias, M. A., Rabago, B., Picot, S., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2015). A disproportionate burden of care: Gender differences in mental health, health related quality of life, and social support in Mexican multiple sclerosis caregivers. Behavioural Neurology, 2015, 1-8.
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.

Recent Courses

  • Health Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Experimental Methods in Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Diversity Dialogues: Focus on Race/Ethnicity, graduate level
  • Community Intervention: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, graduate level
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Health, graduate level
  • Advanced Multivariate Methods in Psychology, graduate level

Recent Grants

Randomized Clinical Trial of a Telehealth Transition Assistance Program for SCI Caregivers

Amount: $400,000
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Period: 4/2017 - 4/2020
Number: 439129

A Culturally Sensitive Intervention for TBI Caregivers in Latin America

Amount: $242,858
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Fogarty International Center
Period: 4/2014 - 3/2017
Number: R21TW009746

Recent Awards

News Feature