Pamela Orpinas

Health Promotion & Behavior
Professor Emerita

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Website

Health Promotion & Behavior

  • PhD, School of Public Health, University of Texas-Houston
  • MPH, University of California-Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise

Dr. Orpinas has conducted research on the developmental trajectories of children and youth. She has studied peer bullying, dating aggression, and family violence in the United States and Latin America. Her research has focused on improving the lives of immigrants and underserved populations through collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • College of Public Health Excellence in Service Award, 2021
  • 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 3750e Foundations of Injury Prevention
HPRB 7920 Health Behavior
HPRB 7990 Diversity and Social Justice in Public Health
GRSC 7770e Teaching Seminar for TAs in Public Health

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Soriano-Ayala, E., Caballero-Cala, V., & Orpinas, P. (2022). Prevalence and predictors of perpetration of cyberviolence against a dating partner: A cross-cultural study with Moroccan and Spanish youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Orpinas, P., Choi, Y. J., Kim, C., Li, T., & Kim, E. (2022). Prevention of partner violence: Virtual case simulation for religious leaders of Korean American immigrant communities. Health Promotion International, 37(1), 1-12.

Gereš, N., Orpinas, P., Rodin, U., Štimac-Grbić, D., & Mujkić, A. (2021). Bullying and attitudes toward masculinity in Croatian schools: Behavioral and emotional characteristics of students who bully others. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(7-8), 3496-3513.

Wood, C., & Orpinas, P. (2021). Victimization of children with disabilities: Coping strategies and protective factors. Disability & Society, 36(9), 1469-1488.

Orpinas, P., Matthew, R. A., Bermúdez, J. M., Alvarez-Hernandez, L. R., & Calva, A. (2020). A multistakeholder evaluation of Lazos Hispanos: An application of a community-based participatory research conceptual model. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(2), 464-481.