Paul Perrin, Ph.D.
Director, Health Psychology 800 W Franklin, rm 201
Associate Professor (tenured)
Director, Health Psychology Doctoral Program
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
Ph.D. (2011), University of Florida
Doctoral Program Affiliations
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 Health Lab applicant page.
- Do certain racial/ethnic groups cope better with traumatic brain injury?
- Why is family functioning so important to caregivers in diverse global regions?
- 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?
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.
- Full curriculum vitae [PDF]
- 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
Randomized Clinical Trial of a Telehealth Transition Assistance Program for SCI Caregivers
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Period: 4/2017 - 4/2020
A Culturally Sensitive Intervention for TBI Caregivers in Latin America
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Fogarty International Center
Period: 4/2014 - 3/2017
- 2017, Rosenthal Early Career Research Reward, APA Division 22
- 2017, Samuel M. Turner Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology, APA Division 12
- 2014, Outstanding Research Award, VCU Department of Psychology