Irma Corral, PhD, MPH

Irma Corral

905 Johns Hopkins Drive
Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252-744-1406
Fax: 252-744-2419

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
600 Moye Boulevard, Mail Stop 694
Greenville, NC 27834

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Administrative Role: Interim Director, Division of Behavioral Medicine


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

Clinical Training

2011 Clinical Assistant Professorship/ Postdoctoral clinical training in Behavioral Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
Specialization: Bariatric and Transplant Psychological Evaluation; Outpatient Health Psychology
2009 Clinical Psychology Internship in Behavioral Medicine
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System
Palo Alto, CA
Sites: Behavioral Medicine Service; Primary Care; Chronic Pain Clinic; Hepatitis C Clinic; Surgery/Transplant evaluation; Homeless Veterans (Residential) Rehabilitation Program; Foundations of Recovery (Residential) Program

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.

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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)

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Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Hall, M.B., Eden, T.M., Bess, J.J, Landrine, H., Corral, I., Guidry, J.J., and Efird, J.T. (In Press). Rural Shop-based Health Program Planning: A Formative Research Approach among Owners. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Corral, I., Landrine, H., Hall, M.B., Bess,J.J., Mills, K.R., Efird, J. (2015). Residential segregation and overweight/obesity among African-American adults: A critical review. Frontiers in Public Health: Epidemiology, 3 (169): 1-6.doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00169

Landrine, H., and Corral, I. (2015). Targeting Cancer Information to African-Americans: The trouble with talking about disparities. Journal of Health Communication, 20(2), 196-205.

Landrine, H., and Corral, I. (2014). Advancing research on racial-ethnic health disparities: Improving measurement equivalence in studies with diverse samples. Frontiers in Public Health: Epidemiology, 2 (282):1-22. doi:10.3389/fpub.2014.00215.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Selected Recent Presentations

Corral, I., (2016). Managing Relationship Changes after Breast Cancer.  Invited patient education presentation to the "Making It" Breast Cancer Support Group. Vidant Medical Center Oncology Service, Hope Lodge, Greenville, NC.

Corral, I., and Kyle, B.N. (2016). Psychological evaluation for organ transplant: Renal transplant as a prototypical example. Presented to the psychology division of the Fayetteville VAMC.  Continuing Education Session. Fayetteville, NC.

Corral, I.,(2015). Managing Breast Cancer: Coping Skills. Invited patient education presentation to the Making It Breast Cancer Support Group. Hope Lodge, Greenville, NC.

Corral, I., (2015). Principles of behavioral tobacco cessation. Eastern AHEC, Annual Adult Services Conference, Continuing Education Session. Greenville, NC.

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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