Pamela Orpinas

Health Promotion & Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

Health Promotion & Behavior


PhD, School of Public Health, University of Texas-Houston

MPH, University of California-Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise

Research: prevention of partner and family violence, health-risk behaviors in adolescence, Global health (particularly in Latin America and Latinos living in the US)

Teaching: behavioral sciences theory, injury and violence prevention, cultural diversity and social justice

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

College of Public Health Excellence in Research Award, 2013

Creative Research Medal, University of Georgia, 2007


American Public Health Association

American Psychological Association

Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, Beta Chi Chapter

Course Instruction

HPRB 8420 Theory and Research in Health Behavior

HPRB 7990 Diversity and Social Justice in Public Health

HPRB 7920 Health Behavior

HPRB 3750 Foundations of Injury Prevention

Dr. Orpinas has a passion for teaching. She teaches courses that help students understand why people behave the way they do from an individual viewpoint as well as from a societal, social justice perspective.

Research Interests

Dr. Orpinas’ research focuses on applying behavioral theories to understand and modify health-related behaviors.