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Corral-Irma-webIrma Corral, PhD, MPH

905 Johns Hopkins Drive
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-744-1406
Fax: 252-744-2419

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatric Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at ECU
600 Moye Boulevard, Mail Stop 694
Greenville, NC 27834

Faculty Rank
Assistant Professor


2009 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Medicine Track
San Diego State University - University of California San Diego
Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
San Diego, CA
2007 MPH, Public Health
Health Promotion Track
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
2006 MS, Psychology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
2002 BA, Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Licensure & Credentials:
Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider, NC, 2011-present
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 2011-present

Clinical Practice:
Outpatient pre-surgical and pre-treatment (e.g., Bariatric, Transplant, HCV) psychological evaluations; Psychological consultation for management of medical conditions (e.g., Cancer , HIV); Individual/Group intervention for patients coping with various medical treatments; Evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions for health behavior change, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety.

Courses & Teaching:
Behavioral Science (M-1)
Basic Psychiatry (M-2)
Principles of Cultural Competence (PGY-1)
Cultural Psychiatry and Special Populations (PGY-3)
Video Case Conference (PGY-3)
Individual Therapy Supervision (PGY-3)
Health Psychology Elective (PGY-4)
Medical Education Elective (PGY-4)
Health Psychology Practicum (PhD students)
MedFT Internship (PhD students)

Research Interests:
Cultural and social factors in health behavior, chronic illness, and psychopathology; Ethnic disparities in physical and mental health; Research methodology

Selected Publications:
Landrine, H., and Corral, I. (in press). Advancing research on racial-ethnic health disparities: improving measurement equivalence in studies with diverse samples.  Frontiers in Public Health.

Landrine, H., and Corral, I. (2014). Sociocultural correlates of cigarette smoking among African-American men versus women: Implications for culturally specific cessation interventions. Journal of Health Psychology. epub ahead of print.

Landrine, H., and Corral, I. (2014). Targeting Cancer Information to African-Americans: The trouble with talking about disparities. Journal of Health Communication. epub ahead of print. 

Corral, I., Landrine, H., and Zhao, L. (2014). Residential segregation and obesity among a national sample of Hispanic adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(4), 503-508.

Corral, I., Landrine, H., Simms, D.A., and Bess, J.J. (2013). Polytobacco use and multiple-product smoking among a random community sample of African-American adults. BMJ Open, Dec 11; 3(12). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003606.

Landrine, H., Corral, I., Simms, D., Roesch, S., Pichon, L., Ake, D., and Villodas, F. (2013). Telephone surveys underestimate cigarette smoking among African Americans.  Frontiers in Public Health, Sept, 25; 1(36). doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2013.00036.

Corral, I., & Landrine, H., (2012). Racial discrimination and health-promoting vs. damaging behaviors among African-American adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(8), 1176-1182.

Corral, I., Landrine, H., Hao, Y., Zhao, L., Mellerson, J., & Cooper, D. (2012). Residential segregation, health behavior and overweight/obesity among a national sample of African American adults.  Journal of Health Psychology, 17(3), 371-378.

Landrine, H., Corral, I., Hao, Y. & Kaw, C., King, J.L., & Fondren, J.C. (2011). The Geography of Cancer and Cancer Risk Factors: Implications of Neighborhood Disparities for Cancer Disparities. In R. Elk & H. Landrine (Eds.), Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-based Solutions (pp. 141-166). New York: Springer.

Smith, T., Stein, K., Kim, Y., Cooper, D., Virgo, K., Corral, I., & Landrine, H. (2011). Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Health Disparities among Cancer Survivors and Informal Caregivers. In R. Elk & H. Landrine (Eds.), Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-based Solutions (pp. 121-140). New York: Springer.

Hao Y, Landrine H, Smith T, Kaw C, Corral I., & Stein K (2011).  Residential Segregation and Disparities in Health-Related Quality of Life among Black and White Cancer Survivors.  Health Psychology, 30(2), 137-144.

Corral, I., & Landrine, H. (2010). Methodological and statistical strategies in research with diverse samples: The problem of measurement equivalence. In H. Landrine & N.F. Russo (Eds.), Handbook of diversity in feminist psychology (pp. 83-134). New York: Springer.

Pichon, L.C., Corral, I., Landrine, H., Mayer, J., and Adams-Simms, D. (2010). Perceived skin cancer risk among African American adults. Journal of Health Psychology,15(8), 1181-1189.

Pichon, L.C., Corral, I., Landrine, H., Mayer, J., and Norman, G. (2010). Sun protection behaviors among African Americans. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38(3), 288-295.

Pichon, L.C., Landrine, H., Corral, I., Hao, Y., Mayer, J., and Hoerster, K.D. (2010). Measuring skin cancer risk in African Americans: Is the Fitzpatrick measure culturally-sensitive? Ethnicity & Disease, 20(2), 174-179.

Landrine, H., Corral, I., Klonoff, E. A., Jensen, J., Kashima, K., Hickman, N., & Martinez, J. (2010). Ethnic disparities in youth access to tobacco. Health Promotion & Practice, 11(1), 132-139.

Mellerson, J., Landrine, H., Hao, Y., Zhao, L., Corral, I., and Cooper, D. (2010). Residential segregation and physical activity among a national sample of Hispanic adults. Health & Place, 16(3), 613-615.

Landrine, H., and Corral, I. (2009). Separate and unequal: Residential segregation and Black health disparities. Ethnicity & Disease, 19(2), 179-184.

Corral, I., & Landrine, H. (2008). Acculturation and ethnic-minority health behavior: A test of the Operant Model. Health Psychology, 27(6), 737-745.

Landrine, H., Klonoff, E. A., Corral, I., Fernandez, S., & Roesch, S. (2006). Conceptualizing and measuring ethnic discrimination in health research. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 79-94.

Selected Recent Presentations
Corral, I., (2014). Behavioral tobacco cessation interventions for adults. Eastern AHEC, Annual Substance Abuse Services State of the Art Conference, Continuing Education Session. Greenville, NC.

Corral, I. (2014). Tobacco use and smoking cessation interventions for youth. Eastern AHEC, Annual Children's Services State of the Art Conference, Continuing Education Session.New Bern, NC.

Corral, I. (2013). Assessing and treating tobacco use among medical and psychiatric patients. Department of Psychiatric Medicine Grand Rounds, East Carolina University. Continuing Medical Education Session, Greenville, NC.

Corral, I. (2013). Working with immigrant families: Cross cultural skills for clinicians. Eastern AHEC, Annual Children's Services State of the Art Conference, Continuing Education Session. New Bern, NC.

Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC)
NC Psychological Association (NCPA)
American Public Health Association (APHA)


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