Rupa Jose, PhD

Rupa Jose, PhD
Associate Fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

Public Health Interests

Adolescents, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention

Current Public-Health Related Activities

Rupa Jose, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where she uses big data methods to study associations between language and unhealthy alcohol use. Dr. Jose earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and doctorate in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine. After graduating, Dr. Jose served as a postdoctoral fellow within the University of California, San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health, where she co-led a multi-country effort to identify and advance gender equality and empowerment measurement science. As a researcher, she primarily studies the mental health, health-related behaviors, and beliefs of individuals and communities exposed to violence or other types of stress (e.g., global public health emergencies). Dr. Jose’s current interests focus on racial/ethnic health disparities in the context of large-scale community stressors.

Select Publications:

Jose, R., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2020). How Americans feel about guns after mass shootings: The case of the 2016 Orlando nightclub massacre. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication. doi:

Jose, R., Fowler, J. H., & Raj, A. (2019). Political differences in American reports of sexual harassment and assault. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:

Jose, R., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2019). Community organizations and mental health after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Social Science and Medicine, 222, 367-376. doi:

Jose, R., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2017). The importance of the neighborhood in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the United States: Distress, worry, and functioning. Health Psychology, 36(12), 1181-1185. doi: 10.1037/hea0000518