Vanessa Volpe, PhD

Vanessa Volpe, PhD

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ursinus College

Public Health Interests:

Health disparities, social determinants of health, interpersonal discrimination, cardiovascular risk, mental health, stress and coping, family health

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Dr. Vanessa Volpe is a developmental health psychologist who examines consequences of and mechanisms that contribute to mental and physical health disparities. She researches the health impact of race-related experiences of individuals of color across the lifespan and protective processes that may reduce health disparities. Dr. Volpe teaches courses on minority health and health disparities, health psychology, psychological experience of illness, health behavior and behavior change, and lifespan development. She also maintains consulting and collaborative appointments with schools, communities, and organizations which seek to enhance the holistic well-being of youth of color. Dr. Volpe received her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Select Publications:

Shanahan, L., Schorpp, K., Volpe, V.V., Linthicum, K., & Freeman, J.A. (2016). Developmental timing of suicide attempts and cardiovascular risk during young adulthood. Health Psychology, 35, 1135-1143.

Freeman, J., Bauldry, S., Volpe, V.V., Shanahan, M., & Shanahan, L. (2016). Sex differences in associations between subjective social status and C-reactive protein in young adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78, 542-551.