Pamela Orpinas

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231 Wright Hall, Health Sciences Campus
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Educational Background: 
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of Texas-Houston
Area of Specialty: 
  • Prevention of violence (schools, family)
  • Prevention of injuries
  • International health (particularly, Latin America)
  • Program evaluation
  • Risk and protective factors for adolescent health and optimum development
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Georgia Public Health Association
Selected Publications: 

Orpinas, P., Lacy, B., Nahapetyan, L., Dube, S., Song, X. (2016). Cigarette smoking trajectories from sixth to twelfth grade: Associated substance use and high school dropout. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(2), 156-162. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv040

Orpinas, P. & Raczynski, K. (2016). School climate associated with school dropout among tenth graders. Pensamiento Psicológico, 14(1), 9-20. doi: 10.11144/Javerianacali.PPSI14-1.scsd

Martinez, L. & Orpinas, P. (2016) ¿Confías en mí? The impact of Latino parent characteristics on discussions with their adolescent about sexual health and pregnancy prevention. SAGE Open. doi: 10.1177/2158244015622245

Orpinas, P. (2016). Una escuela donde todos pertenecen: Prevención del matonaje escolar. Líderes Educativos, Boletín 2, 16-17.

Ehrenreich, H., Nahapetyan, L., Orpinas, P., & Song, X. (2015). Marijuana use from middle to high school: Co-occurring problem behaviors, teacher-rated academic skills and sixth-grade predictors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(10), 1929-1940. doi: 10.1007/s10964-014-0216-6

Orpinas, P., McNicholas, C., & Nahapetyan, L. (2015). Gender differences in trajectories of relational aggression perpetration and victimization from middle to high school. Aggressive Behavior, 41(5), 401-412. doi: 10.1002/AB.21563

Orpinas, P., Raczynski, K., Peters, J.W., Colman, L., & Bandalos, D. (2015). Latent profile analysis of sixth graders based on teacher ratings: Association with school dropout. School Psychology Quarterly, 30(4), 577-592. doi: 10.1037/spq0000107

McNicholas, C., & Orpinas, P. (2015). Teaching about gun violence in the Deep South. Injury Prevention, 21(Suppl 2), A8. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041654.23 [Abstract]

Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. (2015). Suicidal ideation and bullying: An ecological examination of community impact. In Peter Goldblum, Dorothy L. Espelage, Joyce Chu, and Bruce Bongar (Eds.), Youth suicide and bullying: Challenges and strategies for prevention and intervention (Chapter 5, pp. 50-62). New York: Oxford University Press.

Orpinas, P., Ambrose, A., Maddaleno, M., Vulanovic, L., Mejia, M., Butrón, B., Sosa, G., Soriano, I. (2014). Lessons learned in evaluating the Familias Fuertes program in three countries in Latin America. Pan American Journal of Public Health, 36(6), 383-390.

Orpinas, P., Reidy, M. C., Lacy, M. E., Kogan, S. M., Londoño, A., & Powell, G. M. (2014). Familias Fuertes: A feasibility study with Mexican American immigrants living in low-income conditions in the Southeast. Health Promotion Practice, 15(6), 915-923. doi: 10.1177/1524839914523430

Nahapetyan, L., Orpinas, P., Song, X., & Holland, K., & (2014). Longitudinal association of suicidal ideation and physical dating violence among high school students. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 43(4), 629-640. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-0006-6

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2014). Implementation and process effects on prevention outcomes for middle school students. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43(3), 473-485. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.814540

Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. (2014). Bullying in childhood.  In Thomas P. Gullotta and Martin Bloom (Eds.). Early Childhood and Childhood Volume of the Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 573-580). New York: Springer.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2013). Targeting high-risk, socially-influential middle school students to reduce aggression: Universal versus selective preventive intervention effects. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24(2), 364-382. doi: 10.1111/jora.12067

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2013). The moderating role of developmental microsystems in selective preventive intervention effects on aggression and victimization of aggressive and socially-influential students. Prevention Science, 14(4), 390-399. doi 10.1007/s11121-012-0303-4

Orpinas, P., Horne, A. M., Song, X., Reeves, P. M., & Hsieh, H.-L. (2013). Dating trajectories from middle to high school: Association with academic performance and drug use. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23(4), 772-784. doi: 10.1111/jora.12029

Orpinas, P., Hsieh, H.-L., Song, X., Holland, K., & Nahapetyan, L. (2013). Trajectories of physical dating violence from middle to high school: Association with relationship quality and acceptability of aggression. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 42(4), 551-565. doi:10.1007/s10964-012-9881-5

Orpinas, P., Rico, A., & Martínez, L. (2013). Latino Families and Youth: A compendium of assessment tools (English: Familias Latinas y jóvenes: Un compendio de herramientas de evaluación (Spanish:  Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization.

Raczynski, K., Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. M. (2013). Bullying in the middle grades: Not just a child’s play. In Gayle Andrews (Ed.), Research to guide practice in middle grades education. (Chapter 16; pp. 407-435). Westerville, OH: Association for Middle Level Education.

Orpinas, P., Nahapetyan, L., Song, X., McNicholas, C., & Reeves, P. M. (2012). Psychological dating violence perpetration and victimization: Trajectories from middle to high school. Aggressive Behavior, 38(6), 510-520. doi:10.1002/ab.21441

Ehrenreich, H., Reeves, P. M., Corley, S., & Orpinas, P. (2012). With graduation in sight: Perceptions of high- and low-aggression students of the journey to high school completion. School Psychology Quarterly, 27(4), 198-209. doi:10.1037/spq0000006

López, V., & Orpinas, P. (2012). Las escalas de agresión y victimización: Validación y prevalencia en estudiantes chilenos. Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología, 42(2), 109-124.

Reeves, P., & Orpinas, P. (2012). Dating norms and dating violence among ninth graders in Northeast Georgia: Reports from student surveys and focus groups. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(9), 1677-1698. doi:10.1177/0886260511430386

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2012). The mediators of effects of a selective family-focused violence prevention approach for middle school students. Prevention Science, 13(1), 1-14. doi:10.1007/s11121-011-0245-2

Reidy, C.H., Orpinas, P., & Davis, M. (2012). Successful recruitment and retention of Latino study participants. Health Promotion Practice, 13(6), 779-787. doi: 10.1177/1524839911405842

Davis, M., Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. M. (2012). Design and evaluation of prevention programs. In Elizabeth Vera (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Prevention Counseling Psychology (Chapter 7, pp. 91-108). New York: Oxford University Press.