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
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?
- 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